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Islington Council wants to commission innovative energy projects from organisations with charitable aims through Islington Community Energy Fund (ICEF). The fund aims to support community-led, innovative energy projects that benefit Islington residents, particularly those struggling with fuel poverty, and reduce carbon emissions in the borough.

Grant use and costs covered

The grant can be used for: 

  • Capital costs: purchasing equipment and materials.
  • Core costs: staff and/or office costs.
  • Project costs: feasibility studies and consultancy fees.

The council expects that most of the grant will be used to cover capital costs.

There are two tiers of funding available:

  • Tier 1: Grant applications less than £30,000.
  • Tier 2: Grant applications over £30,000 (requiring board approval).

Support to develop a suitable project

If you are a community organisation that is interested in the ICEF, but are not sure how to develop a suitable project or you don’t have the expertise to develop your idea, please contact the energy services team. We will try to connect you with suitable organisations who can provide support to develop your idea.

Examples of successful community energy projects

  • A local housing cooperative has a long-term plan to be energy self-sufficient. This includes solar PV panels to generate electricity, making all communal lighting LED, installing electric vehicle charging points, and putting in battery storage to use all the solar power generated. The ICEF has given them a grant to begin the process by installing a large solar PV array.
  • An Islington church is looking at a wide-ranging project to reduce their energy bills, including generating electricity with solar PV. The ICEF granted funding for battery storage to enable the church to use all the solar power it generates. It also granted funds to install radiant heat panels which will allow small areas of the church to be heated for community and play groups.
  • A local adventure playground has been given a grant to purchase solar-powered toy car kits to help the children learn how solar power works. Their parents will build and install larger solar panels for an outdoor summer house.
  • For ideas on how to create a community group or information on existing community energy projects, please visit the Community Energy England website.

Applications

ICEF applications are not currently open. Please contact energyservices@islington.gov.uk if you:

  • Would like to be notified when the next application round opens.
  • Have any questions about a future application or project idea.
  • Need help to fill in paperwork. 

All applicants are advised to read the ICEF prospectus get in touch to discuss their project before applying.