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Rural Community Energy Fund

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is a scheme to support rural communities across England wanting to set up renewable energy projects in their area. RCEF is being run by five regional local energy hubs.

In the North West of England, the fund is being delivered in partnership by Lancashire County Council, who are administering the programme, and the Local Energy North West Hub, who will oversee a process for funding approval.

Information about the national objectives of the scheme can be found here.

In the North West a funding application process is being developed, to be launched in the near future.

To register your interest, please email Your details will be shared with Lancashire County Council. You can expect to receive an expression of interest form which will enable an initial discussion about your organisation's suitability for funding.

Indicative timeline for funding* 

Round One Expression of Interest (EOI)                  July / August 2019

Invitations to apply for funding                                  September / October 2019

Round One Funding Award                                      November / December 2019

Round Two Funding                                                  Winter 2020

Round Three Funding**                                             Spring / Summer 2021

Round Four Funding**                                               Autumn / Winter 2021

* Timelines for funding are subject to legal approvals and other risk mitigation activities to be undertaken by the delivery bodies.

** Funding after Round Two is subject to availability.