Lithium battery fires

Lithium batteries have caused fires in the rubbish lorries. Please do not put batteries in your waste or recycling bin. All batteries (including lithium batteries from e-bikes and e-scooters and other re-chargeable devices) can be taken to the Reuse and Recycling Centre at Northumberland Wharf.

Carbon Reduction Community Grants Programme

Grants available

The Carbon Reduction Community Grants Programme is open to any Community Group, Community Interest Company and Charity in Tower Hamlets. The grants help support carbon reductions through building retrofit projects or community engagement activities.

These grants can fund your programme although match funding for your project is favourable.

Gas boiler replacements and renewable energy installations

If you are replacing a gas boiler with a form of electric heating (such as a heat pump) or installing a renewable energy technology (such as Solar Panels), you can apply for up to £20,000.

Energy retrofit projects

For all other energy retrofit projects, such as lighting and replacement equipment you can apply for up to £10,000.

Learning and behavioural change projects

Grants of up to £5,000 to carry out learning and behavioural change projects. These are projects that should improve learning and encourage behaviour change of local residents and groups on energy and carbon reduction. The aim is that this will result in evidenced carbon reductions.

All projects must take place in Tower Hamlets. 

Any project that can demonstrate a carbon reduction will be considered. Gas boilers are not eligible for funding.

Eligibility criteria

The programme is open to any CIC that has a company number, any registered charity with a charity number or any community group that can provide the following.

  • Evidence of a bank statement that requires at least two signatories.
  • Provide a constitution/set of rules for the group.

Housing Associations are not eligible for this funding.

Completing the application form

The application form requires you to provide the following information:

  • Organisation details
  • Answers to the eligibility criteria
  • Description of the project
  • Cost of the project, excluding VAT as we will not fund VAT
  • Amount of grant funding being requested
  • Gas and electricity consumption for the last 12 months and unit cost (as applicable)
  • The estimated energy/carbon savings the project will generate.

If applicable you will need to provide written evidence that you have permission from your landlord to complete the project.

You can find out full details about the programme and how to complete the application form in the guidance document.

When can you start to apply?

You can start to apply from 26 February 2024.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is 12 April 2024.

When will you know the outcome?

You will know the outcome of your application by the end of May 2024.

When do projects have to be completed by?

There is no deadline for when projects have to be completed by as we appreciate timelines can be uncertain. We will work with you on an appropriate timeline for your project.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the programme, please email