Applications invited to the Rural Community Energy Fund.

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is a £10 million programme which supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community.

RCEF provides support to rural communities in 2 stages:

o Stage 1: grants of up to £40,000 for a feasibility study for a renewable energy project, and
o Stage 2: grants of up to £100,000 for business development and planning of feasible schemes.

RCEF is being run by 5 regional Local Energy Hubs. If you would like to register your interest for the scheme, or would like further information, please contact the relevant hub for your area.

For example, the South West Hub includes:

o Swindon and Wiltshire
o West of England
o Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
o Heart of the South West
o Dorset
o GFirst (Gloucestershire), and
o Solent.

For further information about the scheme in the South West, email swenergyhub@westofengland-ca.gov.uk.

You can find out which Hub your project comes under on this LEP Network Map, while a list of all LEP contact emails is available on the GOV.UK website.

Although RCEF is now being managed by the LEP network, useful information about the programme can still be found on the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) website.