Rural Community Energy Fund

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The Rural Community Energy Fund is a £10m national programme that runs until October 2021 and supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects with community benefit.

It is being delivered by all five Energy Hubs in England on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

From heat pumps to hydropower, community energy can make a big difference to our rural communities in the North East and Yorkshire.

The aims of the funds are to:
  • Support rural communities by helping them to maximise the income-generating potential of renewable energy and put this income to work in their local area
  • Increase the uptake of community and locally owned renewable energy to support the government’s targets for renewable energy and carbon reduction
  • Enable communities to access the economic and social benefits associated with renewable energy schemes through the promotion of rural growth, job creation and volunteering opportunities.

The Hub is supporting enthusiastic rural communities across our region with £1.7m of investment up to October 2021 to develop and set up low and zero carbon energy projects in their area. We’ve received applications from parish councils, sports groups, churches and community groups. You can read about some of the rural energy projects we’ve helped to support on our dedicated website.

Groups who have secured RCEF

Below is a map showing the names and location of groups who have secured Rural Community Energy Funding since its launch in summer 2019. Click on the map to view full details.

If you would like to be put in contact with any of these groups please get in touch.

The Hub is supporting enthusiastic rural communities across our region with £1.7m of investment up to October 2021 to develop and set up low and zero carbon energy projects in their area.
The current fund has now been fully committed, but discussions are ongoing with BEIS on additional funds being provided. For more information on eligibility criteria, read our handy leaflet and email us to register your interest in potential new funding rounds.

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