Funding for community projects
NEA Community Action Awards 2014-2016. In association with the Department of Energy and Climate Change and British Gas.
Entry for phase 5 now open. Deadline 8 January 2016
The Community Action Award Scheme recognises best practice on tackling fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency in local communities.

Big Lottery Fund
‘Our research highlights some factors which could help us and other funders more successfully address climate change needs. These include:
– focussing on community resilience and sustainability rather than climate change
– adapting to the effects of climate change as a priority
– supporting coping strategies for the consequences of climate change rather than responding to emergencies
– addressing ‘here and now’ issues (such as food, money, fuel or employment) to help engage disadvantaged groups. Focusing on specific activities can help engage action-oriented people
– looking at communities’ futures to generate interest – how do people want to live, work and bring up children?
– partnering with Local Authorities and the NHS to help access wider resources. It can also help build community action.’

In August 2014 the third learning report from the Communities Living Sustainably programme was produced. The report draws out learning from activities addressing climate change and highlights the key issues and experiences that the projects have faced.

Information on community grants and funding from ‘Locality’

Energy Saving Trust – information on funding

Financing energy efficiency in the public sector
Many councils get funding from Salix Finance (interest free loans for 5 years, funded by DECC) eg for upgrading to LED streetlighting
This is backed by research from UCL

Government report on financing energy efficiency in public sector (Jan 2015)
As well as Salix it mentions the Electricity Demand Reduction Pilot, European funding and the Green Investment Bank