CARES funding available to help communities make a green recovery

The next funding round of the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewables Energy Scheme (CARES) is now open.

Communities, public sector organisations and rural businesses looking to make long term environmental changes and play a part in the green recovery after COVID-19 are encouraged to apply.

As Scotland starts to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, there is an opportunity to focus on a green recovery by aiding economic activity that puts tackling climate change and our ambition to reach net zero at the heart of everything we do.

The support that CARES offers to rural businesses, communities and third sector organisations is an integral part of this green recovery package.

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, said: “We will continue to support Scottish communities to develop renewable energy projects through our Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES).

“I am delighted to announce that a new funding call is now open through our flagship CARES programme, with up to £4.5 million available this year. Priority will be given to community led development and capital stage projects; off-grid communities seeking capital investment to help maintain the security of their energy supply and rural businesses seeking development support to explore their renewable options.

Further information is available on the Local Energy Scotland website –

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