Loan Funding

Bristol Community Energy Fund loans are available to help community organisations develop renewable energy projects in the Greater Bristol area (Bristol, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire). The loan can help a project get to a position where it should be ‘investment ready’.

It can be used for:

  • Planning application costs
  • Solicitors fees for a landowner lease agreement
  • Solicitors fees for a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)
  • Financial modelling
  • Accountants fees for financial due diligence
  • Preparation and launch of share offer
  • Community engagement and consultation
  • Project management costs
  • Costs of arranging a grid connection

We’re working with the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) to administer this loan.

You can find out further information by downloading these documents:

Guide to Loans
Getting your project investment ready
Loan FAQs
Guide to incorporation
Loan Application
Guide to state aid

How do I apply?

It is crucial that you read all of the documents provided. The loan fund has been designed to support its applicants with help and assistance available at every stage. Before downloading the Application Form, please make sure that you contact our partners at CSE for advice using the contact details below:

Centre for Sustainable Energy, 3 St Peters Court, Bedminster Parade, Bristol BS3 4AQ.

Email: bcef@cse.org.uk or call 0117 934 1400 and ask to be put through to a member of the Bristol Community Energy Fund team.

Note: all application documents must be sent to email address above. Any posted application needs to be addressed to the Bristol Community Energy Fund using the address above.

Deadline for applications

All applications must be received by CSE by 5pm 6th October 2017.

Who decides which applications get funded?

Our loan fund works a little bit differently from our grants programme. For our loan fund we’ve established a decision panel made up of officers from Bristol City Council and our partners at the Centre for Sustainable Energy.

To find out more about the projects that we’ve funded so far, check out our projects map.