Community Sustainable Energy Programme supported by the Big Lottery Fund

Community Sustainable Energy Programme

Funding Available and How to Apply

CSEP and FITs: 


A decision regarding whether an applicant can claim both FITs and the CSEP grant has not yet been finalised but the Government has recently released new information. Please visit the DECC website for further information. Alternatively you can view the CSEP FAQ's on FIT's - Click Here.  Please note that if you have any further queries please contact Ofgem who are responsible for the final decision on eligibility.  

Grants are open to not-for-profit community based organisations in England. There are two types of grants available:

Project Development Grants

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 photovoltaics
  • Solar thermal hot water
  • Wind turbines
  • Heat pumps
  • Automated wood pellet stoves
  • Wood fuelled boiler systems
  • Micro-hydro turbines.

Funding will also be available for energy efficiency measures, such as cavity wall and loft insulation in combination with the 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 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 and Project Development 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 22nd September 2010