Financing your project

There may be loads of philanthropists out there looking to throw cash at community energy projects, but we’ve never seen them, so most likely you’ll have to raise the money for your project the hard way. Here are resources to help you develop your own strategy for raising finance.

Simply Finance

A comprehensive guide to the different options for financing a community enterprise.


Co-operatives UK

Jun 2011

Funding Eye

A set of resources from Welsh organisation Funding Eye. Includes straightforward tips on completing funding applications and the pros/cons of different sources of funding.


Funding Eye


Funding for energy efficiency improvements in community buildings

Goes through some of the different options you could use to raise funds for a project to upgrade your community building.

Feed-in Tariffs

Detailed guidance on the Feed-inTariff from Ofgem, who administer the scheme. The current tariff tables are downloadable from this site.

Renewable Heat Incentive

Find out more about the RHI for the non-domestic sector from Ofgem, who administer the programme.

Funding your project through a share issue (video)

A short film explaining how to raise the cash for your renewable energy project by inviting people to become shareholders.

Re-investing your income (video)

A short film focused on how a community group can reinvest any income from their sustainable energy projects for future projects.

Advice on making an application for a community based energy project to Awards for All

Awards for All is a small grant pot for projects in England from Big Lottery. We've produced this guidance to help community groups to apply to get something from the fund.


Find a crowdfunding website that suits your fundraising needs. You can filter by the type of funding you can raise and the sectors platforms specialise in.

UK Community Foundations

Community Foundations can often provide funding to local groups. Find your local community foundation here.

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