VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme

A new funding scheme will soon be opening to help voluntary, community, and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in England improve their energy efficiency.

The VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme is part of a package of over £100 million of support being delivered by the Government to help front-line delivery organisations with the increased cost of living.

This scheme will have two elements:

  • Eligible organisations will be able to apply for the cost and delivery of an independent energy assessment. This will help them identify how to reduce their bills and where to get further support.
  • Organisations with an energy assessment may then be eligible to apply for a capital grant to install recommended energy efficiency measures on their premises.

Full eligibility criteria will be published when the scheme opens, but organisations must be based in England, be a VCSE, deliver frontline services and not be suitable for blended finance or loan support through other schemes. Priority will be given to organisations for whom energy is the biggest concern and those directly supporting individuals and communities with critical needs, particularly those related to the rising cost of living.    Applications for free independent energy assessments will open in December. Applications for the installation of energy efficiency measures will open in January 2024.

Practical support will be available to help organisations manage capital installation projects. All measures will need to be installed and paid for by March 2025.

More information will be available on www.vcseenergyefficiencyscheme.org.uk soon but interested groups can register to be alerted when the scheme goes live by visiting:

www.groundwork.org.uk/vcseenergyefficiencyscheme.

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