Are you thinking about a community renewable energy project and not sure where to start?
CARES provides grant funding to help towards start-up costs of feasibility studies, community consultation and other preparatory costs. Up to £25,000 is available to fund non-capital aspects of a project.
You may wish to look at what is feasible in your area, learn what other groups have undertaken, or develop a plan for a community benefit income stream from a local renewable energy project.
These should be early stage activities without which the installations would not be able to go ahead. Before applying for CARES funding it is recommended to review your ideas with the Local Energy Scotland team on 0808 808 2288 and also look to other sources of funding for early stage community capacity building activity.
Once you have reviewed the general guidance on applying to CARES and want to proceed with applying for enablement grant funding you should read the enablement grant guidance, contact the team and complete a enablement grant application form available here.
Enablement grant funding can be applied for and awarded at any time – you don’t need to wait for a panel meeting.