CARES Funding Available for Renewable Projects

The next deadline to apply for funding from the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme has been extended to 10th September. Groups looking to get a share of the £5 million funding pot for locally owned renewable energy projects are encouraged to get in touch with their local Development Officer who will be able to guide them through the process.

As well as supporting organisations to develop their own energy ideas, this funding can be used to support the replication of projects which have worked well. One example is the CARES funded project at Comrie Croft, which combines solar power with energy storage and electric vehicle charging.

What’s available?

CARES has three funding streams to help communities, not for profit groups and rural businesses realise their local energy ambitions:

Enablement Grants of up to £25K to help progress energy systems projects, renewable energy projects, investigation of shared ownership or maximising the impact of community benefit

Development Loans of up to £150K to fund development costs, taking projects from feasibility through to procurement for a design and build contract

Innovation Grants of up to £150K to accelerate new innovative activity and encourage replication of previous projects

The closing date for applications to this funding round is 10th September 2018. Details of the next funding rounds are available here.