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Let’s Do Net Zero Community Buildings

Funding available: Max £80,000

Applications close: 31/03/2025

About this fund

The Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) is here to support communities to engage with, participate in and benefit from the energy transition to net zero emissions. The Fund will help community organisations reduce their building energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Funding is available for many types of community buildings, including:

-community cafes
-community hubs
-faith buildings
-public halls
-community halls and centres.

CARES supports communities to engage, participate and benefit in the energy transition to net zero. They will support projects that:
-accelerate the uptake of community and locally owned renewable energy, to meet Scotland’s 2030 2GW ambition
-support community involvement in local energy systems that lead to new installations of locally owned renewable energy generation
-support shared ownership projects (where a community group invests in a commercial renewable energy project)
-assist communities to maximise the impact from community benefit funds through community consultation, action planning and good governance.

Fund award size: maximum £80,000

Notes on award amounts: Grant funding is available for up to 80% of eligible costs up to a maximum of £80,000.

Who can apply
Applicants must be constituted non-profit distributing community organisations, including organisations with charitable status, that are established and operating across a geographically defined community (‘local community organisations’) or faith groups.

When to apply
The fund is planned to run until the end of March 2025, subject to funding availability.

How to apply
Apply online via the Local Energy Scotland website. You should get an energy audit from Business Energy Scotland, an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) or a feasibility study to justify your choice of technology. Full details are available in the fund guidelines.

Exclusions
The building must be owned or leased by the applicant and must be used by the local community or a charitable organisation.

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.

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Let’s Do Net Zero Community Buildings

Local Energy Scotland

Funding available: Max £80,000

Applications close: 31/03/2025

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