Community Sustainable Energy Programme (CSEP)
Please note that this new scheme is due to open in April 2008.
What is the Community Sustainable Energy Programme?
The Community Sustainable Energy Programme (CSEP) is an open grants programme run by BRE, an award partner of the Big Lottery Fund. Part of the Fund's Changing Spaces programme, CSEP has been set up to help community based organisations in England to reduce their energy bills and environmental impact. The scheme is also designed to raise public awareness of the social and environmental advantages to reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions in order to combat climate change.
Who can apply?
Grants will only be awarded to eligible not-for-profit community based organisations in England. This includes:
community groups governed by a written constitution
registered charities and trusts
schools and colleges
companies with a charitable purpose and community focus
church based and other faith organisations
What can be funded?
Two types of grant are available: capital and project development.
Capital Grants are available for the purchase and installation of any of the technologies listed below along with various energy efficiency measures, including cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, heating and lighting controls.
Solar Thermal Hot Water
Ground Source Heat Pumps/Air Source Heat Pumps
Automated Wood Pellet Stoves
Wood Fuelled Boiler Systems
Energy Efficiency Measures
Project Development Grants are available for studies investigating the feasibility of installing the above mentioned technologies.
How much can I apply for?
The maximum Capital Grant available is £50,000 or 50 per cent of the project cost (whichever is lower).
The maximum Project Development Grant available is £5,000 or 75 per cent of the study cost (whichever is lower).
When can I apply?
It is anticipated that the Community Sustainable Energy Programme will open for applications in April 2008.
How do I find out the latest information on the Community Sustainable Energy Programme?
They will keep their website updated with the latest news on CSEP. Alternatively, you can email your contact details and they will contact you with any updates.