Funding and Grants

If you need help accessing grant funding, or writing applications to help get a community energy project off the ground in London, feel free to get in touch and we will advise you where possible.

  • From 2016, the Postcode Local Trust, funded from the People’s postcode lottery, will invite applications that enhance lasting benefits by bringing people together to improve local ecology and habitats, encourage bio-diversity and benefit the wider environment.
  • Funding Central is the best funding search engine around” 

    This is a fantastic resource which allows users to personalise their search, save it for later and access new and upcoming deadlines. 

    The database provides unique access to grants, contracts and social investment opportunities from local, national and international funding sources, all in one place:


    Exciting news to follow on from last month; Islington council have announced a new funding opportunity which runs until 31st January 2018 at 5pm; this is designed to help local community groups to develop or deliver energy projects in the borough. This is not limited to solar-only projects and aims to also encourage groups who have little or no experience of community energy.

    The grant programme is proposed to cover all costs relating to a project or activity, including:

    • core costs (e.g. staff, office costs)
    • project costs (e.g. venue hire, project worker)
    • project management costs
    • capital costs (can support the cost of a renewable installation

    We’re hoping that this funding will encourage the formation of new community groups in Islington, so please do share with interested parties, and see here for more information.

  • Camden Council has launched its Camden Climate Fund which offers:

    – A Community Energy Grant for Camden Community Groups of up to £15,000, to install and manage renewable energy systems that generate energy for the benefit of the local community in some form.

    Household Grants of up to £7,500 to support households and landlords install a range of renewable and energy efficiency measures to help reduce bills, improve energy efficiency and cut associated carbon emissions.

    – Renewables Grants of up to £1,500 towards: Solar photovoltaic panels (to provide electricity) or Solar thermal system (to provide hot water)

    – Energy Efficiency Grants of up to £7,500 for one or a combination of insulation, boiler and window replacements.

  • The first round of this funding has already passed. The next round of funding from the LCEF will be announced in due course. 

    Please feel free to adapt the following funding template for your application:

    lcef_app_form_template (14/10/17)

    The Mayor of London launched his ‘London Community Energy Fund (LCEF) on 13th Oct 2017, offering grants of up to £15,000 for “work required to get a community energy project ‘investor ready’, that means ready to be financed.” The first round of funding has passed. The GLA are now looking to launch a second round of funding, in 2018.

    Full details, including the assessment criteria are in the LCEF Prospectus at: lcef_prospectus_2017_oct_final

    Key Dates (first round):

    24 November 2017 at 5pm – Deadline for submission to GLA
    Early December – Assessment of Applications
    Mid December – Successful applicants informed
    Late December – Funding available to successful applicants (half upfront and half when funded activities complete)
    12 January 2018 – Deadline for return of signed funding agreements
    January to 30 April 2018 – Projects undertaken ie “all project development work needed to get a community energy project “investor ready” (ready to be financed before moving to installation phase) will be undertaken by this deadline.”
    30 April 2018 onward – Funding Claimed
    Summer 2018 – projects that can be completed by Summer 2018 will be prioritised.
    December 2018 – Projects installations must aim to be finished by then

    Other key points

    • For larger and aggregated renewable energy projects the Mayor has established the Decentralised Energy Enabling Project (DEEP) up to September 2019.
    • looking for: efficient use of the funding, such as leveraging in other funds, joint procurement opportunities for services, partnerships, and working with others to maximise efficiencies and share knowledge
    • looking for: benefits for local people
    • looking to improve local resilience (eg energy storage)

    Eligible project feasibility and scoping activities

    • technical feasibility assessment (for example structural surveys, assessing the feasibility of grid connection)
    • stakeholder consultation
    • assessment of planning issues
    • getting permissions from the site landowner if necessary
    • support to complete applications for permits, licences and consent
    • financial viability or business case assessments
    • legal advice and registration fees related to the proposed project; project management costs; and other costs associated with the above
    • It cannot be used to buy or install equipment
  • The Big Energy Saving Network application process was a £1.7 million programme supporting third sector organisations and community groups deliver help and advice to vulnerable consumers.

    Applications for funding from the Big Energy Savings Network 2017 to 2018, closed on Friday 27 October 2017. Delivery of outreach by successful applicants will begin in November 2017 and run through to March 2018.

  • Islington is offering local Community Groups the chance to apply for money: “Funding will be available to develop local community energy projects, such as solar panels on a community building or improving energy literacy in a neighbourhood.” Islington is also promoting:

    The National Grid Community Grant Programme offers grants of up to £20,000 and funds ‘Initiatives such as renewable energy or conservation projects that have a direct and positive environmental impact’ as well as ‘Activities that promote or support health and wellbeing in the local community, for example addressing fuel poverty’.