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2021/22 Grant Round

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.

Carbon Survey (or a suitable independent report) is essential in applying for a Green Business Grant.

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Green Business Grants

What are Green Business Grants?

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.

Carbon surveys

What is a Carbon Survey?

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.

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Carbon surveys

Why are they useful?

A Carbon Survey can help businesses to:

  • understand their current energy use and carbon emissions
  • pinpoint carbon ‘hotspots’ in business activities
  • identify practical ways to reduce emissions and energy bills (including changes that require low or no investment)
  • find out more about new and emerging technologies in their industry
  • set priorities and budgets for future improvements
  • access sources of funding, including Green Business Grants.

Tackling climate change and supporting business recovery

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.

How are Carbon Surveys and Green Business Grants funded?

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 Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government 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 150 businesses have received a Carbon Survey and Decarbonisation Report, identifying an average saving of 17.4 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and £3,775 in energy bills per business per year.