Rural Community Energy Fund

The first iteration of the scheme was the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF). This £10 million programme supported rural communities to develop renewable energy projects with a community benefit. It was delivered by the five Local Net Zero Hubs in the North East, North West, Midlands, South West, and South East on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

Scheme successes

Through RCEF, we’ve assisted community groups to secure vital funding for their renewable energy projects. 

Liaised with 420 Community groups

SUPPORTED 35 projects through stage 1

SUPPORTED 7 projects through stage 2

Feasibility studies

Take a look at the feasibility studies for our RCEF projects to be inspired for your own community energy project.

Get up to £140,000 of grant funding for your local energy project through the Community Energy Fund.