Got a great idea...and now you need the money to get it moving? Access to funds or low interest loans is one of the major barriers for most communities and households, so here are a list of helpful tips and resources. Please add any more below in the comments section, or upload a guide.

List of funds:

The energyshare fund

Awards for All

Asda Foundation

Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy

Barclay's Community Investment Programme


Big Issue Invest

Big Lottery Fund

Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (Scotland)

Communities first fund

Lankelly Chase Foundation

Polden Puckham charitable foundation

Nature Save Trust

The Carbon Trust

Shell Springboard Trust


The Energy Saving Trust Funding How To Guide

The Energy Saving Trust's funding database

Funder Finder

The Renewable Energy Centre's grants advice page

Schools Projects

See the enrgyshare schools page, and:

Generation Green – A project which educates schools about the green issues in Britain and rewarding them with useful resources

My SolarSchool – A great opportunity to register your school for solar panels.

Eco Schools – Not just in the UK but also the largest international eco-school project