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Low Carbon Challenge Fund

Low Carbon Challenge Fund 2021-07-11T19:21:35+01:00

The West of England Low Carbon Challenge Fund will run over the next three years and will be open to eligible applicants across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. A total of £1.7m in grant funding is available from the European Regional Development Fund. Grants will be made available for up to 40% of eligible costs, leading to £4.2m in investment in schemes that could help:

  • avoid emissions that can harm the environment and contribute to climate change
  • reduce energy bills
  • lower maintenance costs and retain equipment for longer
  • make buildings more comfortable and healthier for staff
  • access cutting edge low carbon technologies

Small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) can access a FREE Carbon Surveys and Decarbonisation Reports. The Carbon Survey can support businesses to understand their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, and the resulting Decarbonisation Report sets out potential improvements that could help reduce emissions and energy bills.

The West of England Combined Authority also offers Green Business Grants for SMEs (applications closed for 2021), with between £1,000-£15,000 cashback available for:

  • improvements to the energy efficiency of buildings – this could include insulation, heating and lighting
  • and/or purchases to improve business operations, such as more efficient production or refrigeration equipment.

The West of England Local Energy Scheme, which supports small scale, renewable energy projects, has now closed to applications. You can find out more about the scheme on our bespoke webpage.

Opportunities may arise for installation companies to submit quotes to Low Carbon Challenge Fund applicants and grant beneficiaries.

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The Green Business Grants programme is part of the Low Carbon Challenge Fund . This £4.2m project has £1.7m grant available. It is managed by WECA and funded from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  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 (PDF 90kb).

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 (PDF 90kb) is at the heart of everything WECA does – including our plans for economic growth and recovery (PDF 96kb) following the Covid-19 outbreak. Green Business Grants support recovery through low carbon initiation and reduced energy costs.

South West Energy Hub

Organisations keen to partner with the West of England to create a resilient and affordable energy system for the area can get further advice and information from the South West Energy Hub. You can access their website via this link. The Hub offers support in development and implementing energy projects, and step-by-step advice business cases to planning and financing.