There are several funding strands to CARES - check your eligibility here if you aren't sure which schemes you qualify for, and if you still require some guidance, contact your local development officer.

Guidance, application forms and timescales for each of the funds are in the links below. 


Start Up Grant

Get funding to help towards start-up costs of feasibility studies, community consultation and other preparatory costs.

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The CARES Pre-planning Loan offers funding of up to £150,000 to take forward renewable energy generation plans for communities and rural businesses.

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Infrastructure and Innovation Fund

Grants for communities thinking about projects that link local energy generation with local energy use. (Currently closed to new applications)

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Local Energy Challenge Fund

Funding for large scale, low carbon projects which demonstrate local energy economy approaches, linking energy generation to use. (Currently closed to new applications)

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Rural Energy Challenge Fund

Funding for renewable, low carbon, whole system projects for rural enterprises.

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Renewable Energy Investment Fund

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

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