Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) - Local Energy Challenge Fund

Grants are available to local partnerships in Scotland to set up low-carbon energy pilot projects in their area.

The maximum single award is £25,000 per project. There is no minimum award threshold and while it is anticipated that some projects may not require development funding, all must submit a fully complete Phase 1 application.

It is anticipated that the Local Energy Challenge Fund panel will award Phase 1 funding/support for 25-30 projects. Only projects that receive Phase 1 support will have the opportunity to develop and submit an application for Phase 2 challenge funding. Phase 2 funding is likely to be awarded to up to 10 projects.