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Funding and Help

  • Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) Sustainable Neighbourhood Planning Support CSE is offering free, hands-on, tailored support and advice and assistance for neighbourhood planning groups, as follows:

    • Initial advice on the relevant sustainability and climate issues and opportunities in your area • Advice on gaining support for sustainability measures

    • Support with policy drafting and wording for your neighbourhood plan

    • Delivering public engagement events and workshops

    • Research for developing an evidence base

    • They also have a range of online resources and guides to help, For more information see the CSE webpages


  • The Rural Community Energy Fund is being delivered by the South West Energy Hub and offers support to eligible communities for renewable energy projects. A feasibility grant is available for communities at an early stage of exploring the possibility of a renewable energy project, or development funding is available for projects that have a good chance of securing planning permission. For more information on how to apply for these grants click here 


  • Salix provide funding for parish, town and community councils looking to undertake energy efficiency projects. Salix can support over 100 different energy efficiency technology types, including boilers, LED and lighting upgrades. Projects commonly involve upgrading street lighting and footpath lights, and public buildings such as village halls. To see what’s available at the moment click here


  • Devon County Council: Locality Budgets - Each County Councillor in Devon has an allocation of £10,000 per year to enable them to respond to local needs in their divisions, supporting projects or activities that benefit the communities they represent. Projects should be in line with the County Council’s objectives and priorities. Click here to find out more 


  • Visit our own Council funding page here 

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