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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.

2021/22 Grant Round

'The current grant round has now closed.

You can still book a free carbon survey for your business, subject to the availability of our Technical Advisors. You can find out more about Carbon Surveys by clicking the link below.

Find out more about Carbon Surveys

Green Business Grants

Frequently asked questions

To apply for a grant, you must be: 

  • a small & medium sized enterprise – with fewer than 250 employees 
  • 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 
  • VAT registered and annual turnover of at least £85,000 
  • content to be credit checked by a third-party credit reference agency. 

These businesses are not eligible:

  • sole traders and partnerships 
  • businesses using cash-based accounting 
  • 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 and aquaculture sectors 
  • businesses in financial difficulty, such as collective insolvency. 

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.

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.

Find out more about Carbon Surveys

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 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.