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Funding Information Service

Changing Spaces: Community Sustainable Energy
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Full scheme details


The Community Sustainable Energy (CSEP) programme is run by BRE (Building Research Establishment) and aims to help not-for-profit community-based organisations in England reduce their environmental impact through the installation of energy saving measures and microgeneration technologies (producing heat or electricity on a small-scale from a low carbon source). The scheme will also fund development studies that help community organisations to find out if a microgeneration and energy efficiency project will work for them.

Total Fund Value:

£ 10,000,000

Grant Value - minimum:

£ 5,000

Grant Value - maximum:

£ 50,000

Grant Value - notes:

There are two types of grants available Project Development Grants and Capital Grants.

Organisations can apply for up to £50,000 or 50 per cent of the project cost (whichever is lower) for Capital Grants (for installing microgeneration technologies and energy efficiency measures).

The maximum grant value for Project Development Grants is £5,000 (or 75 per cent of the study cost).

Extended Description:

CSEP is is funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme which was created to help communities enjoy and improve their local environments and is an open grants programme run by BRE. BRE carries out research, consultancy, training and testing to help create better buildings and communities.

CSEP aims to achieve the following outcomes:

· reduction in CO2 emissions;

· increased community awareness of climate change and how changes to our behaviour can reduce it;

· increased skills base of local trades (for example, local builders and building-service subcontractors working on renewable energy projects for the first time);

· reduction in energy bills;

· reduction in reliance on imported energy and increased independence from commercial energy suppliers;

· stronger partnerships within local communities with lasting social benefits;

· growth of local enterprise in new technologies.

The following grants are available:

· Capital grants – CSEP will provide £8 million to community-based organisations for the installation of microgeneration technologies, such as solar panels or wind turbines and energy efficiency measures including loft and cavity wall insulation.

· Project Development Grants – CSEP will also provide £1 million for project development grants that will help community organisations establish whether a microgeneration and energy efficiency installation will work for them.

More information is available at the BRE website (opens new window).

Further Information:

BIG has several other Changing Spaces programmes open to the voluntary and community sector:

· Access to Nature (opens new window)

· Community Spaces (opens new window)

· Ecominds (opens new window)

· Local Food (opens new window).

Key Criteria:

CSEP will only award grants to not-for-profit community based organisations in England. This includes:

· community groups governed by a written constitution;

· registered charities and trusts;

· parish councils;

· schools and colleges;

· companies with a charitable purpose and community focus;

· mutual societies;

· church-based and other faith organisations.

Eligible Expenditure:

Project Development Grants

Grants are available for studies investigating the feasibility of installing any combination of the microgeneration technologies listed below.

Capital Grants

Grants are available for the purchase and installation of any combination of the following technologies:

· Solar photovoltaics

· Solar thermal hot water

· Wind turbines

· Heat pumps

· Automated wood pellet stoves

· Wood fuelled boiler systems

· Micro-hydro turbines.

Funding is also available for energy efficiency measures, such as cavity wall and loft insulation in combination with the microgeneration technology. Where these are not already in place, applicants will have to install them in order to qualify for a microgeneration capital grant.

Application Procedure:

Changing Spaces: Community Sustainable Energy operates on a rolling basis, however Capital grants will be awarded at quarterly funding rounds. The next deadline is 30 January 2009, for a list of the funding rounds go to: (opens new window) . Project Development grants will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis until all funds are spent.

There is an online application process (opens new window). Alternatively organisations can download a paper application form or contact the helpline on 08453 671 671 to be sent a hard copy.

All applicants are advised to read the Guidance Notes and scheme Terms and Conditions carefully before making an application. Both documents are available in the 'Documents and Links' section at the bottom of this page.

Contact Information:

Changing Spaces Advice Line
Phone: 08453 671 671



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