Community Sustainable Energy Programme supported by the Big Lottery Fund

Community Sustainable Energy Programme


Welcome to the Community Sustainable Energy Programme (CSEP)

Capital Grant Application Deadline – 5pm Friday 17th December.

Due to the recent adverse weather conditions we are aware that some applicants have experienced problems with completing their feasibility visit and site visit and are therefore unable to provide a feasibility study and/or quote(s) in time for the deadline this Friday. In light of this, we have decided to adopt some flexibility and accept the following:

A completed application form must be submitted by the deadline (on-line, post or email), this includes the hard-copy documentation which must be sent via post (section 6 compliance and declaration and bank statements).  If you are missing the feasibility study and/or quote(s) you will need to include a covering letter explaining why they are delayed and by when you are expecting these to be completed. If you have any correspondence (emails, letters) supporting this explanation please include copies of these as well.

ALL missing documentation, unless agreed otherwise in writing with the helpline staff, must be received by 5pm Friday 7th January 2011. We will assess each application, on a case-by-case basis and reserve the right to reject applications if we feel the reasoning to be insufficient to allow an extension.

Please call the CSEP Helpline on 08458 630025 if you have any queries.

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.  

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 will provide £8 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 will also provide £1 million for project development grants that will help 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.

Applications are being accepted now. Capital grants will be awarded on a competitive basis at quarterly Selection Panel meetings. Please click here for a list of the funding rounds.

The programme was launched in April 2008 to provide funding for three years. Capital grant funding will continue throughout 2010, with the last deadline on 17th December 2010. Details of all aspects of the grant application process, consultants, 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

Last update 16 December 2010