Here is a list of organisations that fund community energy activities in London. To save yourself time and energy, please ensure you research the eligibility thoroughly to ensure your activities are relevant to the funder:
Sustainable City Awards
Categories for awards:
London Sustainable School of the Year (winner will receive £2500 funding donated by Investec)
School Changemaker of the Year (winner will receive £2500 funding donated by Investec)
Voluntary and Community Sector Trailblazing Organisation of the Year (winner will receive £2500 funding donated by Investec)
Voluntary and Community Sector Individual Changemaker of the Year (winner will receive £2500 funding donated by Investec)*
Local Authority or Public Sector Trailblazing Organisation of the Year
Local Authority or Public Sector Trailblazing Individual of the Year
Viridor Credits – up to £100,000 available for capital funding (location restrictions apply, and certain buildings ineligible e.g. schools/ hospitals/ day centres. Also 10% of funds must be match funded)
Triodos Community Renewables Underwriting Facility (T-CRUF) – open now, £10 millon launched June 2019
Future Neighbourhoods 2030 – £3m is being made available for the first phase . 2 to 4 neighbourhoods will win funds to develop visionary strategies to 2030 and implement a programme to tackle some of London’s defining environmental challenges, including the climate emergency and toxic air quality, whilst creating jobs, developing skills and supporting a just transition to a low carbon circular economy.
Islington Council Community Energy Fund (ICEF) – Currently open to applications
Camden Council Climate Fund: Community Energy Grant – Open until 31st March 2020
Interested in getting your Council to introduce a community energy fund? Please email email@example.com – we are currently working on a Councillor briefing document to encourage Councils to set up funds to support community energy projects.
Fuel Poverty Work
Smart Energy GB – To be delivered between 1 April and 8 December 2021. The deadline for applications is 12 February 2021 (12 noon).
There are two levels of funding in 2021:
- Grants of between £15,000 and £25,000 for organisations reaching people who are offline: adults who have no personal internet access anywhere, both inside and out of the home, including use via mobile devices
- Grants of between £7,500 and £10,000 for organisations reaching people on a low income, defined as having an annual household income of less than £14,000 before tax.
Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme (charities only – possibility for partnerships)
Power to Change
Reaching Communities England
UK Power Networks
Energy Saving Trust
City Bridge Trust
Community Energy General Project Funding
The Mayor of London has also developed a number of funding initiatives that may be helpful for community energy projects in London.
A comprehensive list of funding opportunities is available through Community Energy England’s website, but please be aware these may not all be available for London.
Another fantastic resource is Funding Central who will send you updates with relevant funding opportunities