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West of England Green Business Grants

West of England Green Business Grants 2021-07-12T08:27:10+01:00

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Green Business Grants – applications are now closed

Applications for our Green Business Grants are now closed (11 July 2021). We are offering SMEs free Carbon Surveys to help support your green credentials, improve your carbon footprint and save money. Visit our West of England Growth Hub page for more – take me to Carbon Surveys.

About Green Business Grants

West of England Green Business Grants support SMEs to improve their energy efficiency of their buildings and business operations. This helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and can save businesses money on energy bills. There is a total pot of £1.7m. We have already invested over £200,000 in local businesses. In our first round of grants, we helped local businesses install:

  • LED lighting and better lighting controls,
  • solar film to reduce overheating and air con use in summer,
  • more efficient heating and better controls,
  • insulation to walls and roofs, and
  • air compressors and variable speed drives to improve the efficiency of manufacturing and processing equipment.

The benefits

Green Business Grants can be used for capital works and purchases to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and business operations. A grant could help you:

  • avoid harmful emissions that contribute to climate change
  • reduce your energy bills and lower maintenance costs
  • make your buildings healthier for your employees
  • improve your green credentials with customers and contractors
  • access cutting edge low carbon technologies
  • actively support the local supply chain for energy efficiency goods and services.

You will be able to apply for up to £15,000 per business to pay for 50-80% of the eligible capital costs. A free Decarbonisation Report will be provided to help you identify energy saving improvements.

Eligibility

To apply for a grant you must be:

  • a small & medium sized enterprise – with fewer than 250 employees AND a turnover of equal to or less than €50m OR a balance sheet of equal to or less than €43m (including any partnership your organisation is a part of or any linked enterprises),
  • based in the West of England region – located in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire local authority area (check your postcode here),
  • VAT registered, and
  • content to be credit checked by a third-party credit reference agency.

The following organisations are not eligible to apply for this grant:

  • sole traders and partnerships,
  • businesses using cash-based accounting,
  • businesses that are VAT exempt,
  • charities (unless applying through a trading arm),
  • community groups, sports clubs, village halls and similar entities,
  • GPs, dentists, opticians, schools, colleges and similar,
  • private landlord businesses, home-based businesses, guest houses, care homes and similar,
  • businesses in the fishery, aquaculture, banking and insurance sectors, and
  • businesses in financial difficulty, such as collective insolvency.

The Green Business Grants programme is part of the Low Carbon Challenge Fund . This £12.1m value project has £3.2m grant available. It is managed by WECA and funded from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the West of England Recovery Fund. It will run until 2023.  Established by the European Union, ERDF helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.  This is confirmed funding and will be unaffected by the EU transition.

Green Business Grants help deliver our Climate Emergency Declaration to achieve net zero carbon by 2030, as set out in our Climate Emergency Action Plan.

The West of England Combined Authority has pledged to ensure that clean growth is an integral part of the region’s recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic.

The climate emergency is at the heart of everything WECA does – including our plans for economic growth and recovery following the Covid-19 outbreak. Green Business Grants support recovery through reduced energy costs and by providing opportunities for our regional low carbon economy.

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