£400k CARES funding pot open for applications

The next round of CARES funding is open for applications until 30 September.  A funding pot of up to £400,000 is available for innovation grants to support early stage development work to support local energy systems projects,  alongside loan funding to support renewable projects in the development phase.

Community and local energy projects can help your community be more sustainable, self-sufficient and meet your energy needs in a lower carbon and often lower cost way. Now is the time to get involved in Scotland’s low carbon energy transition.

The grant funding is expected to be highly competitive, and we are looking for projects to demonstrate the following:

  • a whole system approach
  • local benefits
  • shared ownership
  • pathway to net zero emissions

In previous rounds we have supported the demonstration of Solar PV and batteries and EV charging.  These projects will not be prioritised in this round, whilst we understand the impact of these demonstrator projects. We would welcome applications that assess the feasibility of, or demonstrate, energy storage projects that can be aggregated or installed at a scale to benefit the future energy system.

If the Climate Emergency and net zero targets have inspired you to take action but you’re not sure what kind of project you’d like to take forward, you could use CARES funding for an options appraisal or feasibility study. We have lots of project models and examples on our website to help you to start thinking about what might work in your area.

 

Background information

What’s available from CARES

Advice and support through local Development Officers from idea through to delivery, and tailored funding packages are available for communities, rural businesses and other stakeholders to install renewables and get local energy projects up and running, with funding options including:

  • Innovation grants to either fund local energy system innovation activity or improve the viability of projects by grant funding elements of the project. It can also be used to support the replication of CARES innovation projects that have worked well.
  • Development loans can be provided for renewable energy projects with a reasonable chance of success. The loans can include a write-off facility that allows development risk to be mitigated. 
  • Enablement grants are there to help you get your project started and can be used to fund feasibility for energy systems or renewable energy projects, investigation of shared ownership opportunities or work to maximise the impact from community benefit association with renewable energy projects (these can be applied for at any time).

Take the first step

We can talk you through the options, help you plan your project, put you in touch with potential partners, and give you the funding to make it a reality. Interested? Get in touch with your local Development Officer today to start the discussion.

If you’d like to apply for this round of CARES funding, get started by filling in a project proposal form. You’ll find all the information you need about funding packages here, including dates of the next application rounds. 


We would welcome applications that assess the feasibility of, or demonstrate, energy storage projects that can be aggregated or installed at a scale to benefit the future energy system.