Funding

This page outlines the funding support that is available to get your local energy project up and running.

The Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) offers a range of financial support to local energy projects.

How we can help

CARES is more than funding. We can help you develop your local energy project by offering:

  • Free, expert and impartial advice from our Local Development Officers
  • Free online toolkits and project guides to help you identify what might work for you
  • Mobilisation support for capital projects – design review, costs and procurement support
  • Ongoing support with project development and delivery
  • Mentoring and community online discussion in our Facebook group

Find out more

  • Read more about CARES funding below
  • Find out more about other funding options below
  • Contact your Local Development Officer today for free and impartial advice.

 

 

 

CARES funding available now

The Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) offers a range of financial support to local energy projects.

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CARES enablement grant

Get funding to help towards the costs of feasibility studies, community consultation and other preparatory costs. Apply at any time.

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CARES development funding

Large loans and grants to support development activities such as feasibility studies, design, and consenting of new renewable or innovation projects.

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CARES capital funding

Large grants and loans to support the installation of renewable energy, local energy, energy storage or energy system projects.

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Energy Investment Fund

Funding for community renewable energy projects that have successfully gained planning permission.

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State aid information

Find out more about state aid and how it applies to CARES funding.

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Local Energy Challenge Fund

NO LONGER OPEN - Funding was available for large scale, low carbon projects which demonstrated local energy economy approaches, linking energy generation to use. The fund is now closed, but you can view the projects supported here.

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