Don't miss out on this funding opportunity

Here at Local Energy Scotland we are counting down the days until the second round of the Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund closes to new applications and we want to make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to apply. The Challenge Fund is part of the Scottish Government’s flagship Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) delivered by Local Energy Scotland.  Phase one is all about developing your idea into a phase two project which could draw in funding of £500k - £6m. The fund seeks to support large-scale local low carbon demonstrator projects which show a local energy economy approach linking local energy generation to local energy.

A reminder of what you need to do and what support is available:

Straightforward and simple application process

  • Open to a wide range of organisations
  • Phase one is about outlining your vision for the project and identifying areas where support is required
  • Download the application and guidance notes from
  • Register a note of interest with
  • Submit your application by 4pm on the 25th May 2015


Support available

  • Phase 1 support of up to £25,000 to successful applicants for development and feasibility activity
  • Phase 2 funding of between £500,000 - £6,000,000 from April 2016 over two years (subject to the Scottish Government spending review)
  • Advice and support throughout the whole process from Local Energy Scotland
  • Please email and queries about the process to The last date for submitting questions on round 2 is the 18th May 2015


Available on the challenge fund website

  • Updated FAQs
  • Case studies and details of current round phase 1 and phase 2 funded projects
  • Presentations from Challenge Fund events
  • A page set up to help projects find partners to work with
  • Guidance notes on the application forms and dealing with state aid
  • Visit

Straightforward phase one application process to develop your idea