Financial Support

As well as advice, Local Energy Scotland can help community groups and rural businesses to access financial support through CARES to encourage installation of renewable energy technologies. There are a range of loan and grant schemes available - check your eligibility here if you aren't sure which schemes you qualify for, and if you still require some guidance, contact your local development officer.

Financial Support

Start-up Grant for Community Groups

CARES provides start up grant funding to help towards the costs of feasibility studies, community consultation and other preparatory costs

Pre-Planning Loans

The Pre-Planning Loan provides support to community applicants taking forward plans for renewable energy generation schemes on land they own or could lease from a land owner

Post-Consent Loans

REIF offers a flexible lending service which can be tailored to individual community projects that have advanced to the delivery stage but still have challenging funding gaps

Infrastructure and Innovation Fund

The overall aim of IIF is to stimulate innovative approaches to unlock potential for local renewable energy generation.