The third Grant Round for Green Business Grants is now open. Check the eligibility criteria below and if you think this applies to your business book a free carbon survey today to start your Green Business Grant journey.
This grant round is due to close on 30th June 2022. All you need to do by that date is to have submitted the form to request a carbon survey- on the Book a Free Carbon Survey button below.
A Carbon Survey (or a suitable independent report) is essential in applying for a Green Business Grant.
Green Business Grants help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) make energy-saving improvements to their buildings and business operations. The grants of up to £15,000 pay for 50%-80% of eligible capital costs, depending on the business’ size, location, and project.
The grant is available to small & medium sized enterprises in the West of England that are incorporated, VAT registered and trading at £85,000 or above. Full eligibility criteria can be found on the Growth Hub page.
Scroll down to look at the case studies below to see what businesses have used the grant to do.
To apply for a grant, you must be:
These businesses are not eligible:
Getting a Carbon Survey is the first step. Once this is complete, providing your business meets our initial eligibility criteria for a Green Business Grant, you will be sent an application pack alongside your Decarbonisation Report.
You will need to complete and return the application pack to us alongside a quote for each improvement you are looking to apply for. Our team will then assess your application and inform you of the outcome.
Once your grant application has been accepted, you can carry out your project.
This is at risk until the application is approved in full. It is important that you do not start your project until you have had formal acceptance of your application in writing.
The grant is paid retrospectively, so you need to be able to cashflow your project. When you’ve completed your energy saving improvement(s) you can claim the funds by completing our Grant Claim Form.
You must also provide the required completion, defrayal and procurement evidence. We aim to pay out grant funds within 28 days of receiving a valid grant claim form.
If you would like to find more about Green Business Grants or Carbon Surveys, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at: 0117 3321520
Our team will be happy to answer any questions and provide further guidance.
Carbon Surveys are free and can help SMEs understand their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. A Decarbonisation Report follows the survey and details recommendations for reducing emissions and energy bills. Carbon Surveys and Green Business Grants are funded by the European Regional Development Fund and West of England Recovery Fund.
A Carbon Survey can help businesses to:
Green Business Grants support the delivery of the West of England Climate Emergency Plan by funding improvements that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They are also part of the Combined Authority’s work to support business recovery from COVID-19 by reducing utility bills.
Carbon Surveys and Green Business Grants are part of the Low Carbon Challenge Fund (LCCF). This is managed by the Combined Authority and funded from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (£2.1m) and the West of England Recovery Fund (£1.9m).
The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities is the Managing Authority for 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.
To date, over 200 businesses have received a Carbon Survey and Decarbonisation Report, identifying an average greenhouse gas saving of 11 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent and £2,496 from utility bills per business per year.