Green grants available

July 24, 2017 11:09 am

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Do you want to make your company more energy-efficient but don’t know where to start?  The good news is that there’s a number of grants around to help you in your environmental exploits.  From business advice to funded programmes, the help available could make a real difference to your company.  And make sure you can remain in the black while going green.

Carbon Trust

Through its green business advice service, the Carbon Trust helps companies turn good environmental performance into competitive advantage.  In short, their expert knowledge and comprehensive range of tools and techniques are designed to help organisations get ahead.  Find out what’s on offer.

Furthermore, through its Green Business Fund, firms can access energy efficiency support, energy assessments and funding.  However, please note that to be eligible for the funding, firms need to be small and medium-sized businesses.  In brief, this fund offers a capital contribution of up to 30% of the project cost (up to a max of £10,000) to businesses when buying energy saving equipment.  Read more.

Moreover, for young SMEs and start-ups, there is a the START2ACT programme.  Basically, this provides free energy efficiency consulting and mentoring.  This service is tailored specifically for start-ups and companies with fewer than 50 employees operating for under 5 years.

Innovate UK

Businesses can now apply for a share of up to £20 million.  This is specifically for innovative projects supporting electric vehicles to work smartly with the grid.  In short, projects investigating new business models, consumer awareness and technologies supporting interaction between electric vehicles and the grid.

So-called vehicle-to-grid technologies will play a big part in making the UK’s electricity supply network smarter and encouraging take-up.  Vehicles that can take electricity from the grid when demand is low and return it when demand is high could help to even out peaks and troughs and make the grid more efficient.  The UK government wants nearly all cars to be zero emission by 2050.  Furthermore, it sees a smarter and more flexible electricity system as a major benefit to consumers and a key to future growth.

There are competitions for feasibility studies, collaborative research and development, and real-world demonstrators.  Find out more.

University of Nottingham

Looking for something a little more local to support your green credentials?  Then Energy For Business could be for you.  An opportunity to innovate and collaborate with the University of Nottingham, running until April 2019.  2 to 3 days of funded (free) consultancy time via the energy innovation and collaboration team working with academics from across the University.

The programme’s mission is to help businesses become more energy efficient.  This can be through helping them adopt energy efficiency measures and renewable energy technologies and also supporting those working in energy innovation.

SMEs in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire can access this funded support, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.  There is also the possibility to utilise postgraduate placements to undertake specific projects of longer duration (up to 200 hours typically).   There is also a capital grant providing of up to £10,000 (50% match funding required) to support companies working within the programme.

For further information, please contact the Energy For Business team on 0115 748 4969.  You can also find them on Facebook or Twitter.

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