Lewisham Council has just launched their second round of their Community Energy Fund!

The deadline is Midday on 18th December 2023

The fund is split into four streams:

Stream A – Feasibility and business case development (up to £10,000 per project)
Stream B – Project implementation and delivery (up to a third of the capital value, capped at £10,000)
Stream C – Innovation and pre-feasibility development (up to £5,000 per project)
Stream D -Training, events, and engagement (up to £5,000 per project)

Lewisham will be hosting two question and answer sessions, details of which are on this webpage.

The Lewisham Community Energy Fund is intended to provide new capacity for local community and voluntary groups to bring people together for a common purpose in relation to energy, carbon reduction and fuel poverty. The Fund is part of the Council’s wider work supporting the ambition for the borough to be net zero carbon by 2030.

The key objectives are to:

  • empower and enable the community to improve quality of life through access to clean and sustainable energy
  • reduce borough-wide carbon emissions of households, community facilities and businesses through reduced energy use and increased uptake of renewable sources of energy
  • find new ways to support vulnerable residents at risk of fuel poverty

Who can apply

  • The fund is targeted at community-based organisations operating in Lewisham. The list of eligible organisations includes:
  • community and voluntary groups
  • co-operatives
  • company limited by guarantee
  • registered charities
  • faith and equalities groups
  • social enterprises
  • schools
  • community interest companies
  • community benefit societies
  • tenants’ and residents’ associations, or tenant management organisations
  • other / constituted
  • other / unconstituted

Individuals cannot apply but we welcome applications from organisations no matter how small, which if needed can partner with another organisation to receive the funding.

Please remember that CEL offers  free peer mentoring which can support on a wide range issues relating to community energy.

Please see the prospectus and application form for more details:

If you’re interested in applying, you might find the following resources with case studies and examples of successful projects of interest:

Find out more and/or apply now!