Infrastructure and Innovation Fund

++Please note: The Infrastructure and Innovation Fund is currently closed to new applications++ 

Grant funding is available for communities to investigate and develop projects that link local energy generation with local energy use, or projects that wish to develop innovative distribution and storage solutions.

In many parts of Scotland there are restrictions or long lead-in times on adding additional generation capacity to the National Grid. Energy storage and network management technologies can allow the efficient substitution of fossil fuels with renewable energy, but these need to be piloted through real world, community-based situations.

The overall aim of IIF is to stimulate innovative approaches to unlock potential for local renewable energy generation. The following areas are priorities for the fund :

  • overcoming barriers relating to grid capacity issues;
  • energy storage;
  • demand side and active network management;
  • linking local energy demand with local renewable energy generation;
  • delivering renewable heat and electricity to local consumers;
  • addressing commercial and legal barriers to support the delivery of local energy;
  • co-location/ combining technologies, for example wind and solar;
  • innovation and approaches for energy aggregation, procurement, bulk buying;
  • knowledge transfer through innovative project development;
  • trialling/ development of new products and/ or technologies at a community scale and in partnership with a community partner.

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Previous IIF Project Summaries

A selection of detailed summaries of previous projects that have applied to this fund, including supporting documents and/or ouptut reports and learning points.


Please note that the project summaries provided will be updated and added to on an ongoing basis and so the current selection available to view is not comprehensive of all projects supported to date.