Start up grant

Are you thinking about a community renewable energy project and not sure where to start?

CARES provides grant funding to help towards start-up costs of feasibility studies, community consultation and other preparatory costs. Up to £10,000 is available for community groups to fund non-capital aspects of a project.

You may wish to look at what is feasible in your area, learn what 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 the installations would not be able to go ahead. Before applying for CARES funding we recommend reviewing your ideas with our team and also looking to other sources of funding for early stage community capacity building activity.

See the start-up grant guidance >

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