Are you thinking about a community renewable energy project but aren’t sure where to start?

CARES enablement grant funding of up to £25,000 is available to fund non-capital aspects of a project. Funding can help with start-up costs of feasibility studies, community consultations and other preparatory costs.

For example, you may wish to look at what is feasible in your area, learn about projects other groups have undertaken, or develop a plan for a community benefit income stream from a local renewable energy project. These should be early stage activities, without which a renewable energy installation wouldn’t be able to go ahead or, in the case of community benefits and shared ownership, there must be a renewable installation being planned in association with the enablement grant request.

Enablement grant funding can be applied for and awarded at any time – you don’t need to wait for a panel meeting.

How to apply

  1. Read the ‘CARES funding: information and guidance pack’.
  2. Read the enablement grant supplementary advice.
  3. Contact your local development officer for advice and support; failure to do so before submitting an application may affect our ability to support your application.

Application forms

Download the main enablement grant application form (up to £25,000).
Download the small enablement grant application form (up to £5,000).