The following grants are currently available to communities to help implement carbon saving actions:

Green Suffolk Fund – This 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.

West Suffolk Greener Business Grant – The Green Business Grant is funded by West Suffolk Council to help local businesses and organisations reduce their energy use. Up to £1,000 is available to fund capital works.

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 feasible schemes.

Find out about the latest external grants for voluntary, community or social enterprises for various energy and environmental activities.

Additional funding opportunities may also be available, please contact Sarah Gill on 07720 098980 or sarah.gill@groundwork.org.uk to discuss your project in more detail.