The Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund was originally launched in August this year and is delivered by Local Energy Scotland as part of the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES).
The LECF is the newest strand of CARES with £20 million being made available to private, public and third sector organisations in order to support large-scale local low carbon demonstrator projects which show a local energy economy approach linking local energy generation to local energy use.
This could include projects looking to develop innovative distribution and storage solutions, and with an overall aim to create more local value and benefit.
A two phase scheme, Phase 1 will support applications through a grant of up to £30,000, to develop the project proposal, complete early feasibility and prepare for Phase 2. Support will be available from Local Energy Scotland throughout both phases.
There are just two more weeks left to submit applications into Phase 1 before the deadline of 10 October 2014.
Phase 1 is a simple application process mainly focused around setting out the vision and direction of the project. Once submitted applications will be assessed by the Local Energy Challenge Fund Panel.
More information on the Challenge Fund, The Phase 1 application form, and guidance notes, is available here.
If you have any qyestions about the fund or the application process, visit the website at Local Energy Scotland