CARES loan

The CARES pre-planning Loan provides support of up to £150,000 for projects to take forward plans for renewable energy generation schemes for communities and rural businesses in Scotland. You can read more about support for rural businesses here.

The updated application and guidance notes can be accessed via the below links. Failure to contact your Local Energy Scotland Development Officer before submitting an application may affect our ability to support your application.

Application Form: Application form

Guidance Note:  See the Pre-planning Loan Guidance here.

Eligibility Matrix: Check the Eligibility Matrix here.

Joint Venture: Give Joint Venture details to support a Pre-planning Loan application here.

Please contact to be put in touch with your local CARES Development Officer who will be able to assist you with completing the application.

To reflect the Scottish Government’s aspirations outlined in the Community Energy Policy Statement and Good Practice for community benefit and shared ownership, all CARES applications after August 2015 will be required to offer a degree of community ownership.  There will be additional grant support available for rural businesses, housing association, local authorities, third sector organisation to assist with the work required in preparing promoting a shared ownership offer.