Community Fund

The ECSC Community Benefit scheme closed to new applicants on 30th June

Grants are available for community-focused organisations in Edinburgh that wish to:

  • purchase equipment
  • provide additional activities
  • provide education to reduce carbon
  • install small-scale renewable to their premises
  • make environmental improvements to their buildings


Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative raises capital from the public to place solar panel installations on City of Edinburgh Council buildings (schools, leisure centres and other council owned buildings). As well as paying annual returns to our investors, we allocate part of our profits to community causes that benefit the people of Edinburgh.


The deadline for applications for the current round of funding has now passed. Applicants who made requests for the current round of funding will be informed of the outcome before the end of August.


  1. Schools and Leisure Centres in Edinburgh
  2. Registered charities or community organisations (with a bank account) operating within Edinburgh with a particular focus on:
  • Children and young people
  • The environment and sustainability
  • Outdoor education
  • Sports clubs

Purpose of the grant

  1. Environment/sustainability education
  2. Environmental improvements to buildings used by communities
  3. Health, well-being and inclusion (for example community gardens, healthy eating programmes, or improved access to facilities for people with additional mobility needs)
  4. Small-scale renewables/activities that reduce carbon
  5. Initiatives that address fuel poverty



Successful applicants will be expected to:

  • Provide evidence of spend on the grant as specified in the application (including any variance)
  • Complete a short impact report, which can be used to develop a case study by ECSC for its website, publicity and other communications purposes, including photo images.


Enquiries related to applications submitted before the deadline can be sent to: