Community Heat Development Programme
About this fund
The Community Heat Development Programme works with eligible community organisations and groups of householders to help develop their ideas for locally-generated, low and zero carbon heat project ideas. Successful applicants will receive technical support to appraise the feasibility of their project.
The programme can support a range of ideas from local communities, which may include communal heating systems where homes share a source of heat, as well as initiatives that utilise community action to make it easier to install individual heating systems. For examples of the types of projects that can be supported, see the Local Energy Scotland website.
Fund award sizes: unspecified
Notes on award amounts: The programme won’t pay to install renewable technologies or energy efficiency measures in homes. Instead, expert advisors will work with successful applicants to consider the feasibility of your community heat project idea and will give advice on next steps, including any potential routes for further funding.
Who can apply
The fund can accept applications from both:
-groups of householders
-constituted community organisations.
Groups of householders and community organisations will need to evidence good levels of interest from their local community/neighbours.
Community organisations must be constituted, non-profit distributing community organisations, including organisations with charitable status. They should be established and operating across a geographically defined community.
When to apply
Initial enquiry forms can be submitted at any time.
How to apply
Complete the online enquiry form on the Local Energy Scotland website. If you are invited to apply you will be sent an application form to complete. Successful applicants will be supported to carry out a feasibility study and guided on the next steps.
Looking for support with funding?
Identifying funding opportunities and writing grant applications can seem overwhelming, especially when the future sustainability of your group is dependent on gaining funding support.
Our supportive Funding Officer, Claire Shaw, can help your organisation with every step of the funding application process, from carrying out funding searches to proofreading your application.