Scottish Government Net Zero funding for community organisations

Published: March 27, 2024


The Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) aims to offer financial support through Local Energy Scotland for local energy projects to help communities transition to net zero emissions.

What can CARES support

CARES can support a wide range of projects including installing renewable technologies in community buildings, community benefits and shared ownership. Local Energy Scotland’s development officers are available to talk through any ideas or proposals that communities might have, in order to develop credible plans for action. They’ll also be able to advise on the different types of support available via CARES that may include feasibility and development funding.

Who is eligible for CARES funding and support

A wide variety of community organisations and charities are eligible for CARES support. Applicants must be constituted non-profit distributing community organisations, including organisations with charitable status, that are established and operating across a geographically defined community or faith groups.

Community Buildings Fund

The Community Buildings Fund helps community organisations reduce their building energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions by installing renewable technologies such as heat pumps, batteries, and PV panels, along with energy efficiency measures. Grants of up to 80% of eligible costs up to a maximum of £80,000 are available until 31 March 2025.

Full information on eligibility and how to apply can be found on Local Energy Scotland’s website.

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