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Rural Community Energy Fund

RCEF is continuing to operate as usual with funding available for eligible projects. Applicants can rest assured that we are open for business, and we look forward to receiving all new applications.

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF), is a £15 million programme, jointly funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (DBEIS). It supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community.

RCEF offers support to eligible communities in two stages:

Stage 1:
For those communities at an early stage of exploring the possibility of a renewable energy project, and which meet the Fund’s eligibility criteria, this stage offers grants of up to £20,000 to cover consultancy and professional costs for the development of a feasibility report in a standard format.  The work undertaken at this stage should provide an initial report into the feasibility of developing a specific project.

Stage 2:
For projects which demonstrate a good chance of securing planning permission and being implemented, WRAP will consider further funding with an unsecured loan of up to £130,000 to be made available to cover more detailed investigation into the key areas of technology selection. This includes securing a site (legal fees for example), environmental impact assessments, submitting planning applications, permitting applications and developing a full investment business plan.
For projects which achieve planning permission and attract capital investment the loan will be repayable, with a premium, once finance has been secured. If the project cannot, for genuine reasons, be taken forward then loans may be written off.

For more information: http://bit.ly/1gJdKq4

Location: England

Value: Up to £150k

Deadline: Open

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Rural Community Energy Fund

RCEF is continuing to operate as usual with funding available for eligible projects. Applicants can rest assured that we are open for business, and we look forward to receiving all new applications.

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF), is a £15 million programme, jointly funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (DBEIS). It supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community.

RCEF offers support to eligible communities in two stages:

Stage 1:
For those communities at an early stage of exploring the possibility of a renewable energy project, and which meet the Fund’s eligibility criteria, this stage offers grants of up to £20,000 to cover consultancy and professional costs for the development of a feasibility report in a standard format.  The work undertaken at this stage should provide an initial report into the feasibility of developing a specific project.

Stage 2:
For projects which demonstrate a good chance of securing planning permission and being implemented, WRAP will consider further funding with an unsecured loan of up to £130,000 to be made available to cover more detailed investigation into the key areas of technology selection. This includes securing a site (legal fees for example), environmental impact assessments, submitting planning applications, permitting applications and developing a full investment business plan.
For projects which achieve planning permission and attract capital investment the loan will be repayable, with a premium, once finance has been secured. If the project cannot, for genuine reasons, be taken forward then loans may be written off.

For more information: http://bit.ly/1gJdKq4

Location: England

Value: Up to £150k

Deadline: Open

Our success rate

Need help applying for this grant?

Yes, Please help me write a winning applicationNo, just keep me up-to-date with the latest grants