The latest round of funding from the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewables Energy Scheme (CARES) is now open.

Funding is being made available to help communities in rural and island areas develop cleaner, greener and cheaper energy. The investment will empower communities which operate existing local independent grid electricity systems to develop local, independent climate-friendly electricity supplies. £3 million is being made available to develop projects in 2022/23, with applications to the fund, administered by Local Energy Scotland, now open.

Net Zero and Energy Secretary Michael Matheson said:

“We know that there are some unique challenges to establishing zero and low carbon electricity networks in off-grid locations – particularly on our islands and in rural areas. That is why we are committed to delivering tangible support, through initiatives such as the CARES programme, to ensure we meet our climate obligations while at the same time seizing the opportunities this presents to ensure a greener, fairer future for everyone.”

There is no specific deadline for full applications for this funding call. However, to provide an indication of likely budget requirements please complete and submit the expression of interest by the 31 January 2022.

After your Expression of Interest is assessed and discussed with you, you will be asked to complete an application form. This will be assessed by an independent CARES panel.

We are also holding two information events at 2.30pm on 12 January and at 9.30am on 13 January which we encourage any interested communities to attend. To register for an event, please email us with your preferred date and you will be sent a link to join a meeting.

Find out more about the fund and how to apply.