Community Sustainable Energy Programme supported by the Big Lottery Fund

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Welcome to the Community Sustainable Energy Programme (CSEP)

CSEP is an open grants programme run by BRE as an award partner of the BIG Lottery Fund (BIG). BRE carries out research, consultancy, training and testing to help create better buildings and communities. 


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Please note that the CSEP programme is now closed



Capital grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. Please click here for a list of the funding rounds.
Details of all aspects of the grant application process, installers and technologies are available on this website. We will also provide statistical information for all projects that have been funded, showing where the project is and the types of technologies used. 

CSEP is managed by BRE. If you have any queries that are not answered on this website, please call the Changing Spaces helpline on 0845 3 671 671 or email us at info@communitysustainable.org.uk

 If you are planning to apply to the next round please read the latest Selection Panel decisions for further guidance.  

The Community Sustainable Energy Programme has to date awarded £8.5 million to community-based organisations for the installation of microgeneration technologies, such as solar panels or biomass boilers and energy efficiency measures including loft and cavity wall insulation. It has provided £1 million for project development grants that has helped community organisations decide if they could benefit from a microgeneration and energy efficiency installation. The programme aims to achieve the following outcomes:    

  • Reduction in CO2 emissions
  • Increased community awareness of climate change and how changes to our behaviour can reduce it
  • Increased skills base of local trades (for example, local builders and building-service subcontractors working on renewable energy projects for the first time)
  • Reduction in energy bills
  • Reduction in reliance on imported energy and increased independence from commercial energy suppliers
  • Stronger partnerships within local communities with lasting social benefits
  • Growth of local enterprise in new technologies.

Last update 01st December 2011