Funding & grants

Grants and other potential sources of funding for urban wind projects

BERR's Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP) was launched in April 2006 and replaced the DTI Clear Skies and Solar PV grant programmes. The programm provides grants for microgeneration technologies across the UK (except the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and aims to demonstrate how energy efficiency and microgeneration can work hand in hand to create low carbon buildings.

Phase I of LCBP provides grants to householders and will accept applications until June 2010, or until the fund is used up, whichever comes sooner. Grants are available up to £2,500 per property towards the cost of installing a certified turbine by a certified installer.

Phase 2 of LCBP provides grants for the installation of microgeneration technologies to public sector buildings (including schools, hospitals, housing associations and local authorities) and charitable bodies. Applications are being accepted until the end of June 2009. www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk

 

The Community Sustainable Energy Programme (CSEP) is a grants programme run by BRE for the Big Lottery Fund (BIG). £8 million is available to community-based organisations for the installation of microgeneration technologies, such as solar panels or wind turbines and energy efficiency measures, and a further £1 million for project development grants that will help community organisations establish if a microgeneration and energy efficiency installation will work for them. Capital grants are awarded on a competitive basis at quarterly meetings and Project Development grants on a first-come first-served basis until the funds are spent. www.communitysustainable.org.uk

 

Scottish Community and Household Renewables -  Scottish householders and not-for-profit community organisations can apply for grants for household installations and community scale renewable projects from this initiative.  www.est.org.uk/schri

 

The Renewable Energy Investment Club - The non-profit making Club provides information and links developers, individuals and community groups, providing a mechanism for investment in approved projects, through share-ownership or other incentive schemes. www.reic.co.uk

 

Grant money from elsewhere can often be found to set up urban wind energy projects, especially where they have a strong link to education, regeneration or community development. Charitable organisations can usually apply for a wider range of grants than other organisations, but local authorities and private companies may be eligible too.

The Energy Saving Trust website provides links to an online 'grant finder'. This allows you to search the grants you are eligible for, according to your circumstances and postcode. See www.est.org.uk

The Community Action for Energy (CAfE) programme of the Energy Saving Trust has further information on funding and support targeted at local community-based energy projects. Their database provides a summary of funding sources including a brief description, eligibility criteria, eligible expenditure, grant limits, timeframes, deadlines and further contact details. See www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/cafe

Another source of fundraising information for charities is the Directory of Social Change - see www.dsc.org.uk.