Grants & Funding Opportunities

A growing number of funding opportunities help communities and individuals improve their environmental credentials and save money.

Community Energy Funding  

Green Suffolk Fund - The Creating the Greenest County Fund will now support up to 50% of costs (up to a maximum of £2,000) for voluntary and community groups who wish to deliver community based carbon reduction projects, that are ‘visionary’ and in line with the Greenest County mission.

West Suffolk Community Renewable Energy Fund a pot to help local communities develop renewable energy projects.  If you are an eligible community group based in West Suffolk you can apply for a grant to pay for up to 100% of the cost of key activities to help your project succeed. The maximum total grant is £5,000 per Community Group.  If your project is successful, the grant is transferred into an interest-free loan repayable by yourselves using any income generated by the project.  This means that we can continue to support more projects in West Suffolk.  

PURE : The Clean Planet Trust - Offers grants and finance to UK schools and charities to install solar panels, wind turbines and other zero/low carbon energy technologies.

Eon Energising Communities Fund - Grants up to £2000. Local community centres that need to improve their energy efficiency and schools or charities looking to add a spark to the area through energy education, can all apply for funding.

Thrive Renewables Community Benefit Fund - Community buildings, like village halls and community centres, in qualifying postcode areas, can apply for grants of up to £4,000 from a fund set up by Thrive Renewables (formerly Triodos Renewables).

National Lottery Community Climate Action Fund - National Lottery Community Grant Programme has up to £100 million to support communities for projects run by charities and community groups that tackle climate change on a local basis.

Rural Community Energy Fund - The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF), is a £10 million programme, jointly funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (DBEIS). It supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community. The fund provides up to approximately £40,000 of funding for feasibility and pre-planning development work to help projects become investment ready plus further funding for the development and planning of feasable schemes.

Individual Households

Grants for first time central heating are being offered to Suffolk residents who are struggling to heat their homes adequately. Visit the Warm Homes Fund page for more information, including details of how to apply.

The Greener Homes Loan Scheme offers loans of up to £5,000 at 0% APR to help homes cut their energy use. Loans are available for energy saving measures such as insulation, boiler upgrades and renewable energy systems.

Free and Discounted Insulation - Are you affected by rising fuel bills or do you know somebody who is? Then the council supported Suffolk Energy Action service could help you benefit from energy efficient improvements like a replacement boiler, cavity wall, solid wall and loft insulation.

Why not be paid to generate your own power? - Watch these short video clips from the Energy Savings Trust, then click on the links below to find out more.

Feed In Tariffs - You can be paid for the electricity you generate, even if you use it yourself, and for any surplus electricity you export to the grid. And of course you'll also save money on your electricity bill, because you'll be using your own electricity. 

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) - find out how the cost of warming your home or business premises using green energy is less now since the launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.

Suffolk Carbon Reduction Loan - 0% Loan of up to £5,000 for measures that deliver clear carbon reductions.