The Energy Efficiency Scheme is helping voluntary organisations improve the energy efficiency of their properties by providing advice, finance and expertise.

Current status of the fund

Survey grants and installation grants are now open for applications until 31 May 2024.

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Small group of people from a voluntary organisation sit round a table with documents and graphs discussing energy efficiency for their building

On this page

  • About the scheme
  • Who is this for?
  • Our purpose and partners
  • Timescales
  • How to apply
  • Other support
  • Contact us

About the scheme

The Energy Efficiency Scheme provides:

  • Grants of up to £1,000 towards an energy survey at your property
  • Grants of up to £25,000 towards a maximum of 80% of the cost of undertaking the identified work
  • Loans to cover any remaining costs of installation
  • Connections with organisations who already work closely with the volunteer sector and can provide surveys, advice and installation
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Who is this for?

To be eligible for this scheme your organisation must be:

  • Suitably constituted with a recognised governance structure
  • Own your own freehold property or have a long leasehold (minimum 25 years)
  • Have an annual energy bill of at least £10,000 per annum
  • Based in Wales

Our purpose and partners

In a recent WCVA survey, the increase in energy bills was identified as the factor presenting the biggest challenge to the voluntary sector in Wales over the next 12 months.

The problem isn’t showing signs of going away any time soon, and with the climate change emergency energy efficiency is being pushed well up every organisation’s ‘to do’ list.

Voluntary organisations in Wales want to do something to address this but are left asking themselves ‘what can we do?’, ‘who can we trust to do a good job?’, ‘how can we know it’s a good deal?’, and ‘how can we finance it?’.

To answer these questions the Social Investment Cymru (SIC) team at WCVA have teamed up with Moondance Foundation, National Lottery Community Fund, Welsh Government’s Community Facilities Programme and various sector professionals to deliver a new Energy Efficiency Scheme. The scheme brings together advice, finance and expertise all in one place.

Read more in our scheme guidance


Survey grants and installation grants are now open for applications until 31 May 2024.

How to apply

In order to apply to Energy Efficiency Scheme you will need to register with WCVA’s Multipurpose Application Portal (MAP). If you have previously registered with MAP, you can log in by entering your username and password on the home screen.

Organisations can register by visiting the website:

Application resources

Category | Funding |

Energy Efficiency Scheme – scheme guidance

More resources

Further support

For more details on the Energy Efficiency Scheme please read our scheme guidance.

Contact us

If you are interested, contact our Social Investment Cymru team for a discussion on 0300 111 0124 or email

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