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Rural Energy Challenge Fund

Rural enterprises invited to bid for new innovative energy fund


We are inviting rural enterprises to bid into a new innovative energy fund.  The Rural Energy Challenge Fund has been launched to help rural enterprises develop their own innovative sustainable energy schemes. The funding is available through the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES).


The new fund will help farmers, land managers and SMEs in rural communities develop projects focusing on low carbon, renewables and whole system projects including, but not limited to, aspects of heat, electricity, transport, and energy management and ownership.


Local Energy Scotland is inviting rural enterprises to come forward with innovative project proposals by the 20th September 2017. The maximum grant available is £150,000.


Local Energy Scotland can help you with your application.  To discuss your eligibility - just call 0808 808 2288 or for a review of your project idea complete a project enquiry form ( ) and a Development Officer will call you back to discuss your ideas and help you through the process.


Find out more - including guidance, application forms, eligibility and award timescales –



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