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The Local Energy Challenge Fund

The Challenge Fund is part of the Scottish Government’s flagship Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) delivered by Local Energy Scotland. Phase one is all about developing the idea into a phase two project which could draw in funding of £500k - £6m. The fund seeks to support large-scale local low carbon demonstrator projects which show a local energy economy approach linking local energy generation to local energy.

Straightforward and simple application process
 -Open to a wide range of organisations
- Phase one is about outlining the vision for the project and identifying areas where support is required
- Download the application and guidance notes from
- Register a note of interest with
- Submit your application by 4pm on the 25th May 2015
Support available
- Phase 1 support of up to £25,000 to successful applicants for development and feasibility activity
- Phase 2 funding of between £500,000 - £6,000,000 from April 2016 over two years (subject to the Scottish Government spending review)
- Advice and support throughout the whole process from Local Energy Scotland
Find out more at

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