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Bristol City Leap Community Energy Fund

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25 September 2023

Funding and support for local community groups driving down carbon emissions

The Bristol City Leap Community Energy Fund is a beacon of opportunity for local community groups driving down carbon emissions in our city.

Your ideas, our investment

This fund is designed to nurture a diverse range of projects rooted in our vibrant local communities. Whether you’re passionate about generating renewable energy, connecting to heat networks, making energy efficient building improvements, or championing low-carbon transportation solutions – the fund could help get your project off the ground.

We anticipate that some of these will be exciting new developments linking in with the Bristol Heat Network and they’ll all help delivery Bristol’s One City Climate Strategy.

Flexible funding for every stage

We understand that every project is unique, and that’s why we offer a range of funding options tailored to your needs.

These include starting grants of £500 to help you test your project idea, to more substantial funding up to £50,000 to develop your initiative into a viable reality. We also offer loans to take those final steps toward investment readiness.

Funding StreamApplication deadlines
Micro-grantRolling. Applications will be processed in spring 2024 (date to be confirmed).
Small grantRound 1. The deadline for submissions has passed.
Round 2. Deadline for submissions: spring 2024 (date to be confirmed).
Development grantRound 2. Deadline for submissions: spring 2024 (date to be confirmed).
LoanRound 2. Deadline for submissions: spring 2024 (date to be confirmed).
Application deadlines for the different funding streams.

From Spring 2024, submission deadlines for small grants, development grants and loans will be every six months.

Find out more about the Bristol City Leap Community Energy Fund

Funding and loans will be released in six-month intervals over the next five years, providing loads of opportunities for you to bring your ideas to life. Fill in the form below to express your interest and we’ll get back to you with details on how to apply.

If you need assistance formulating your concept or navigating the funding application process, Bristol Energy Network can help. Fill in the form below and tick the box requesting this support.

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Bristol Community Energy Fund

The fund is a partnership between the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) and Bristol City Leap, collaborating with Bristol Energy Network, Bristol and Bath Regional Capital, and Praxis Research. Together, we’re committed to catalysing a range of low-carbon projects over the next five years.

Our ambition is not only to see Bristol communities benefit from this funding to help develop low carbon projects in their many different shapes and forms, but also that emerging new projects and models will make opportunities and benefits more visible, paving the way for more initiatives.

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