Three ways to raise funds

Working closely with Crowdfunder provides us with the missing link that enables sustainability, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects to connect with people and businesses to raise the vital funding they require to enable their low carbon dreams to become a reality. There are three ways to raise funds, and their team of experts are on hand to help you every step of the way.

Offer rewards

Give rewards in return for money

Offer Community Shares

Offer shares in community projects

Offer Equity

Sell equity in your start-up or business

Hundreds of community energy groups have raised essential funding through Crowdfunder, but there’s a lot to know before you start a project of your own. You could be looking to raise anything from a couple of hundred pounds, to tens of thousands of pounds for a wide range of different things.

Projects come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and the platform guides you through the process step-by-step, while their team of expert coaches will step in to give you the best possible advice. If you’re unsure, send us a few details and we’ll point you in the right direction.

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How WITT raised over £2million

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The Hive turned to the Crowd, and received an extra £5,000

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Other successful projects from Crowdfunder

More funding options

Here are a list of funds, grants, and helpful resources that support renewable energy projects in the UK to help you on your way.

Awards for All
A Lottery grants scheme funding small, community based projects across the UK. More details (opens new window)
Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy
Annual funding awarded to sustainable energy projects across the UK and developing world. More details (opens new window)
Biffaward
Ongoing fund that awards grants of between £250 and £50,000 to community and biodiversity projects. More details (opens new window)
Big Lottery Fund
Over £4.4 billion of funding available spread over a large number of grants and investments. More details (opens new window)
Charity bank
Finance available for social enterprises, charities, and community organisations. More details (opens new window)
Community Accelerator Project
Campaign to help speed up community projects to generate, own and save energy. More details (opens new window)
Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (Scotland)
Loan scheme aimed at helping renewable energy projects in Scotland through the initial high-risk, pre-planning consent stages. More details (opens new window)
Community Generation Fund
A fund managed by The FSE Group (a Community Interest Company) which provides loans for social enterprises looking to develop and retain ownership of renewable energy installations. Loans for both project development costs and construction are available. More details (open new window)
First Great Western Community Fund

Considers support and funding requests upon application for community programmes that benefit the environment. More details (opens new window)

 

Polden Puckham Charitable Foundation

Organisation offering annual grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 to projects aimed at environmental sustainability. More details (opens new window)

Rural Community Energy Fund

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is specifically targeted at helping rural communities access the money needed to carry out feasibility studies into renewable energy projects, and fund the costs associated with applying for planning permission. It is intended that projects will then be able to attract private finance to pay for renewable energy kit and get projects up and running. More details (opens new window)

Shell Springboard Trust

Awards £320,000 each year to around 8 initiatives aimed at carbon emission reduction. Applications are accepted on a yearly basis.More details (opens new window)

Tellus Mater Foundation

A grant making trust which funds and supports charitable organisations and projects looking to achieve self sufficiency in the future. More details (opens new window)

 

 

 

The Carbon Trust

Offers a variety of grants, support and advice to carbon and energy saving projects. More details (opens new window)

 

 

 

The PURE Community Energy Fund

Low interest loans of up to £100,000 to help finance community renewable energy installations and energy efficiency projects.More details (opens new window)

 

 

 

 

The Community Investment Fund

Set up by fund management company Social and Sustainable Capital – will offer loans from £250,000 to £1 million to “community-based” organisations that aim improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged local people and “provide local solutions to local needs, create jobs, and develop the local economy”. More details (opens new window)

Triodos

Ethical banking and finance service for businesses and charities.More details (opens new window)

 

 

 

The Energy Savings Trust Guide

The Energy Savings Trust Guide to finding funding. More details (opens new window)

 

 

 

Renewable Energy Centre

More information about grants and funding from the Renewable Energy Centre, including:

• Grants for Home Energy Efficiency Measures
• National Grants for Domestic, Community and Business Renewables Projects
• Local Grants for Renewables Projects
• Financial assistance for Commercial Renewables Projects

More details (opens new window)