Community Sustainable Energy Programme supported by the Big Lottery Fund

Community Sustainable Energy Programme

Funding Available and How to Apply

CSEP funding and RHI’s

The recipients of Lottery grants are NOT eligible to recieve RHI accreditation. If the installation was completed and commissioned between 15th July 2009 and 28th November 2011, Lottery grant recipients can repay the element of their grant that was used for the cost of purchasing and installing the installation in order to apply for RHI support.

Further information including a brief Q&A, can be found on the DECC website

CSEP funding and FIT’s

Successful CSEP applicant might also qualify for FIT payments if they can demonstrate that they can meet the exemptions outlined in the Ofgem guidance. Ofgem will be able to confirm this as part of the application process for FIT’s. These are highlighted in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for FITs.  


If you have any further queries in relation to the above please contact Ofgem who are responsible for administering the RHI and FIT schemes. The Ofgem Helpline details are 0845 200 2122 and Or visit the DECC website for further policy information.

Grants are open to not-for-profit community based organisations in England.

Project Development Grants - This area of CSEP funding has now CLOSED

Grants are available for studies investigating the feasibility of installing any combination of the microgeneration technologies listed below. The maximum grant available is £5,000 or 75 per cent of the study cost - whichever is lower.

Capital Grants

Grants are available for the purchase and installation of any combination of the following technologies:

  • Solar thermal hot water
  • Heat pumps
  • Automated wood pellet stoves
  • Wood fuelled boiler systems

Funding will also be available for energy efficiency measures, such as cavity wall and loft insulation in combination with the heat generating microgeneration technology. Where these are not already in place, you will have to install them in order to qualify for a microgeneration capital grant.

Organisations can apply for up to £50,000 or 50 per cent of the project cost (whichever is lower) for installing heat generating microgeneration technologies and energy efficiency measures.  If you are requesting £50,000 or close to this maximum amount please ensure you submit a thorough and detailed application in particular Section 3 Project Concept and Design.

Please ensure you have read and fully understood the Guidance Notes and scheme Terms and Conditions (Capital Grants) before proceeding to the on-line application form, as grant awards are subject to full compliance with these conditions. You will also need to take into account the latest Selection Panel decisions for further guidance.

We would like to encourage you to complete the application on-line as this saves valuable processing time at our end, as well as saving the environment. In order to make this process as easy as possible we've added some valuable tips and guidance and are happy to help you with any problems you might encounter. Alternatively you may download an editable Microsoft Word electronic or PDF paper copy version of the application form or contact the helpline on 0845 3 671 671 who will send or email these to you. 

Last update 01st December 2011