Communities at the heart of new fund to boost local growth and energy security

Rural and local communities across England will be supported in setting up local energy projects that will provide local jobs and deliver energy security, thanks to a new £10 million government fund.

Both urban and rural communities will have the chance to win a portion of a new £10 million Community Energy Fund – new government grant funding to help communities develop local renewable energy projects. The Community Energy Fund will open to applications in the early Autumn 2023.

This funding will help to kickstart projects including small-scale wind farms and rooftop solar partnerships, as well as battery storage, rural heat networks, electric vehicle charging points, and fuel poverty alleviation schemes – all proposed, designed and owned by local people.

This Community Energy Fund be available alongside existing support for the community energy sector, such as the UK wide Shared Prosperity Funds and Innovate UK funds, which community energy groups can work with Local Authorities to access.