Community and Charity Grants

Funding and Grant Programmes for Schools

There are a large number of grants and awards available from government and non-government organisations to fund sustainable developments. Most of these are general, a selection of grants specific to energy are detailed below.

BRE - Community Sustainable Energy Programme
The Community Sustainable Energy Programme will provide grants to community-based organisations for the installation of microgeneration technologies, such as solar panels or wind turbines and energy efficiency measures including loft and cavity wall insulation. It will also provide project development grants to help community organisations establish whether a microgeneration and energy efficiency installation will work for them.
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Department of Energy and Climate Change - Bio-Energy Capital Grants Scheme
The purpose of the Bio-energy Capital Grants Scheme is to promote the efficient use of biomass for energy, by stimulating the early deployment of biomass fuelled heat and biomass combined heat and power projects. It will do this by awarding capital grants towards the cost of equipment in complete installations. The round will be funded by DECC and is for England only.
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Department of Energy and Climate Change - Low Carbon Buildings Programme
Grants for the installation of microgeneration technologies are available to public sector buildings (including schools, hospitals, housing associations and local authorities) and charitable bodies.
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E.ON Sustainable Energy Fund
Offers grants of up to £20,000 to community groups and not-for-profit organisations who wish to consider and implement sustainable energy projects in their buildings - from energy efficiency through to micro generation. Funding must be used for the purchase and implementation of capital equipment, physical measures and associated direct costs only.
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Green Energy Trust (UK)
Local community groups and not-for-profit organisations and charities within the UK can apply for grants for the installation of renewable technologies. The funding which is available through the Green Energy Trust will provide grants of up to £25,000 (but most projects receive around £10,000) for up to half the cost of the chosen renewable technology. Projects need to have a really strong community benefit and wider educational element. The Trust considers all kinds of renewable technologies,including: small-scale hydro, wind power, biomass, landfill gas, solar energy, ground source heat pumps.
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Green Fund EDF Energy
Funding is provided for the installation of small scale renewable energy technology or for feasibility studies. The Fund committee meets twice a year to assess applications and includes senior EDF Energy employees and an independent renewable energy consultant.
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Community Renewable Energy Grants - The Naturesave Trust
The Naturesave Trust, which was set up in 1995, to fund specific environmental and conservation projects throughout the UK and to encourage the greater adoption of sustainable development has announced that it now provides start up grants for community renewable energy projects. The Trust are keen to help communities, in particular, that do not have the initial start up capital to undertake all the preliminary work to get to the planning stage. Recently funded projects include the installation of a wind turbine at a school.
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Volvo Eco Adventure
The Volvo Eco Adventure is an award scheme for young environmentalists. The scheme provides grants of £500 to young people aged 10-16 who are involved in local environmental activities. Groups of young people can apply for one of ten annual awards of £500 to help fund an environmental project in their school, youth group, Wildlife Watch group or local community. Projects can focus on: biodiversity; energy; transport; water conservation or waste and recycling.
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Lottery Fund - Awards for All
Awards for All are available to schools, offering between £300 to £10,000 for grass roots social and environmental projects that benefit local communities in England. A total of £45.2 million is available. Applications must be submitted at least three months before a project starts and the project must be complete a year after the date of the letter confirming the grant.
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Further information (Sustainable Schools)
Further information (Eco-Schools)