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Renewable Energy Fund Grants

Grant scale and application deadlines

The two options are: 

  • Small grant scheme - grants of less than £20,000 can be funded up to 100% of total 'eligible' costs dependant on available funds for community-based projects.
  • Main renewable energy fund - grants over £20,000 up to 75% of total 'eligible' costs dependant on project and available funds, 100% grants may be available in higher funded areas. These grants will be awarded on a quarterly basis.

Small grants scheme makes decisions on a rolling programme and can accept applications at any times and seek to give decisions within 4 weeks of submission of a full application. If the application information is incomplete or lacking detail the decision timescale may take longer. 

Main renewable energy fund - grants will be awarded on a quarterly basis, successful application will receive a formal offer letter within 5 working days from the relevant committee date.

Application submission deadline dates and corresponding committee dates below.

Timescales for grant submissions

Application submission deadline date

Committee date

27 February 2024

23 April 2024

23 April 2024

18 June 2024

23 July 2024

17 September 2024

1 October 2024

26 November 2024

31 December 2024

25 February 2025

18 March 2025

13 May 2025

Main renewable energy fund 100% grants

100% grants are available and can be considered in areas where there are two REF windfarms contributing over £100k per year into the REF, currently these are Middlemuir, Kypemuir, Blacklaw,  Galawhistle, Whitelees, Douglas West, Andershaw, Auchrobert, Dalquandy, Calderwater, West Browncaste.

This eligibility will cover the following villages of Abington, Auchenheath, Auldhouse, Blackwood, Brocketsbrae, Coalburn, Chapelton, Crawfordjohn, Douglas, Drumclog, Glespin, Kirkmuirhill, Lesmahagow, Rigside, Stonehouse, Strathaven and the south area of East Kilbride.(Whitehill, Greenhills, Crosshouse).

At all times match funding is encouraged. Grants above £20,000 at 100% of project costs are the exception but are available when strong projects delivering strong local outcomes are unable to secure match funding.

Eligible match funding

In kind match funding can be included for revenue projects, this would include estimates of volunteer hrs costed at the real living wage.

For example, if the number of volunteer hours over a year was 52 hours this would be 52 hours x The Real Living Wage of £12 which gives a potential community match funding of £624.