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  • Letís Do Net Zero Community Buildings Fund

    Created: 21/06/2022, Updated: 23/06/2022
    News/Events Category: Funding and Finance

    The Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) is here to support communities to engage with, participate in and benefit from the energy transition to net zero. 

    The new Let’s Do Net Zero Community Buildings Fund from CARES will help community organisations reduce their building energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The fund is now open and is planned to run until the end of March 2025, subject to funding availability.

    Funding is available for many types of self-managed community buildings, including:

    • village halls
    • community centres
    • community hubs
    • sports facilities
    • faith buildings

    Who can apply

    Applicants must be constituted non-profit-distributing community organisations- including organisations with charitable status- that are established and operating across a geographically defined community, or faith groups.

    Some common community organisation structures include:

    • Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIO)
    • Companies Limited by Guarantee (CLG)
    • Community Benefit Societies (BenCom)
    • Community Interest Companies (CIC)

    Organisations that are constituted but unincorporated may also apply but must provide additional information.

    How to apply

    Grant funding is available for up to 80% of eligible costs, up to a maximum of £80,000. Please read the funding guidance on CARES' website for full information.

    Full details of how to apply, including an application form, are on the Local Energy Scotland website.

    Applicants must read the full funding guidance to find out if their organisation, building and improvements are eligible.

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