Urban Community Energy Fund
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Key Driver: A financial support scheme aimed at urban communities across England wanting to set up renewable energy generation projects in their area.
Department for Energy and Climate Change
Deadlines are the last Friday of every other month – January, March, May, July, September and November.
The Urban Community Energy Fund (UCEF) is a £10m fund to kick-start renewable energy generation projects in urban communities across England. Community groups will be able to access grants and loans to support the development stages of a renewable energy project that will bring significant benefits to the local community.
Grants of up to £20,000 are available for the more speculative, early stages of your project’s development, such as initial public consultation and preliminary viability studies to determine suitable technologies, and to secure basic land rights. These grants will get groups to the stage where they know whether detailed project development is worthwhile.
UCEF can also provide contingent loans of up to £130,000 towards the detailed project development costs.
The loans are called contingent loans because they are only repayable if your project is successful. You will then be able to pay back the loan from the income you generate from sales of energy. The loans are repayable with a one-off 45% premium.
The technologies that will be considered under UCEF include the following:
- Wind Turbines
- Solar Photo Voltaic
- Solar Thermal
- Ground, water and air source heat pumps
- Anaerobic Digestion
- Low carbon/renewable heat networks
- Gas combined heat and power (CHP) units
Who is eligible to apply?
- Be developing a project in an urban area
- Be incorporated as a legal form that we can give money to
- Answer a series of other eligibility criteria
Any of the following groups are eligible to apply for the fund:
- Registered Company (including CICs)
- Charitable Incorporated Organisation
- Registered Societies (formerly known as IPS)
- Parish and Town Councils
Local Authorities, businesses and Housing Associations can apply in partnership with the local community. Such an organisation would need to have clear representation from the local community and a defined, transparent process for managing the income and determining what it will be spent on.
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