Three weeks to apply to the Local Energy Challenge Fund

There are just under three weeks to submit applications into Phase 1 of the Local Energy Challenge Fund as the deadline is 10 October 2014.  

The Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund was launched on 18 August 2014 and is delivered by Local Energy Scotland as part of the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES).

The Local Energy Challenge Fund has £20 million available to commercial businesses, manufacturers, housing associations, local authorities, community groups and other organisations to support large-scale local low carbon demonstrator projects which show a local energy economy approach linking local energy generation to local energy use.   This could include projects looking to develop innovative distribution and storage solutions, and with an overall aim to create local value and benefit.

 The Local Energy Challenge Fund is a two phase scheme. Phase 1 will support applications through a grant of up to £30,000, to develop the project proposal, complete early feasibility and prepare for Phase 2 which offers funding up to £6m per project.  Support will be available from Local Energy Scotland throughout both phases. 

If you have any queries regarding the fund or the application process, please email . Phase 1 application form, guidance notes and FAQs are available via .  Support will be available from Local Energy Scotland throughout both phases.   


The deadline for Phase 1 applications is October 10