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Community Energy Fund

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

Innovative means new ideas or new ways of doing things that work well in practice.

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 the majority 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. Requires Board approval.

If you are a community organisation that is interested in this project but you are not sure how to develop a suitable project or you don’t have the expertise to develop your idea, please get in touch with us using the contact details at the bottom of this page. We can help to connect you with suitable organisations who can provide support to develop your idea.

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

Please contact us if you would like guidance on your application or assistance in filling in the paperwork.

Community energy project examples

Projects that have been awarded grant funding include:

  • 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 charge points, and putting in battery storage to use all energy 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 energy generated. 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.

Find out more

If you would like to find out more information or ask any questions, please contact Liz Ainslie. We can also give guidance on your application and assistance in filling in the paperwork.



Round 5 of ICEF applications has now closed. Please keep checking back for information on future application deadlines. If you have any questions about a future application or project idea, please email for help and support.

More information

If you looking for ideas on how to create a community group or on existing community energy projects please visit Community Energy England. 

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