Low Carbon Workspaces is a grant scheme that offers funding to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) towards the cost of projects that will reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and managed by Ngage Solutions Ltd, a not-for-profit company.
SMEs located in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire are welcome to apply.
Grants are available to organisations that satisfy all of the following conditions:
If you are unsure whether or not your organisation is eligible to receive a grant, please contact us.
Charities are eligible if more than 51% of their annual income is generated from trading activities (rather than donations for example). A member of our team may ask to view a copy of the organisation's accounts to verify this.
The full terms and conditions of the grant can be downloaded here.
Grants are available towards projects involving physical improvements that will quantifiably contribute to a reduction to your organisation’s greenhouse gas emissions. Please see the Eligible Projects page for example measures that can be funded.
Projects must meet a minimum carbon saving - this will be calculated by the team as part of your application process.
Multiple measures can be included within a single application e.g. LED lighting and Solar PV.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available per SME meaning you can apply more than once if your first grant was for less than £5,000.
Yes - our team will have to be satisfied that there will be a demonstrable reduction in greenhouse gas emissions at the premises after installation of the project, compared to the project not going ahead at all. The team can calculate this for you.
The grant cannot be used to fund 'additional' equipment (e.g. air-conditioning in an area not previously cooled) as this will essentially increase resource usage.
No. Grants cannot be awarded retrospectively.
Applications must be approved and a Grant Offer Letter signed before any work has been ordered or paid for (this includes deposits).
1. Download an application form here. A member of our team will be in touch to discuss your business's eligibility and help identify a suitable project.
2. Submit your completed application form, supplier quotes and relevant energy bills to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Applications go to the Grant Panel who provide a decision within 5 working days.
4. If approved, you will receive a Grant Offer Letter. Once signed, you may undertake the project. Do not commission or pay for any works (including deposits) until the Grant Offer Letter has been signed.
5. Pay all supplier invoices in full from a business bank account within 3 months of receiving your Grant Offer Letter.
6. Once all supplier invoices are paid in full, submit a claim by sending all relevant invoices and bank statements to a member of our team.
7. Receive your grant as a reimbursement payment within 30 days of submitting a claim.
8. Complete the ongoing monitoring requirements as set out in your Grant Offer Letter.
For more information, please see the 'How to Apply' page.
SME stands for Small and Medium Sized Enterprise. In general, this is defined as an organisation which:
Depending on the size of holding, the number of employees and the turnover and/or balance sheet totals of parent and subsidary companies may need to be taken into account.
Full guidance is available on the EU Commission website:
Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available to cover up to a third of the cost of eligible projects.
For example, if a project costs £6,000 then it could be eligible for up to £2,000 of funding.
In order to be eligible for the minimum grant amount of £1,000, the project must total the minimum value of £3,000 (ex VAT).
Currently, tonnes of carbon saved will be measured using:
We cannot support the purchase of electric or hybrid vehicles at this time.
No. To be eligible to receive a grant you must be the organisation that will benefit from the energy, water or waste disposal cost savings resulting from the grant funded project.
No. Grants can only be used towards the capital cost of energy efficient upgrades at commercial premises.
Businesses operating from a residential premises are not eligible.
Yes, though please note that you will not be able to receive the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive for energy generated by a technology towards which a publicly funded grant has been received.
However, receipt of a Low Carbon Workspaces grant may not invalidate you from the Smart Expot Guarentee (SEG), and you may still be eligible to apply for this in addition.
Unfortunately the funding pot for SMEs based in the Black Country is now empty. However, there is another grant scheme running which you may be eligible for - please contact Low Carbon SMEs for more information.
IMPORTANT: Individuals and businesses are being warned to watch out for cold calls and online contact from fraudsters who are offering victims the opportunity to apply for government grants for an advance fee paid by a pre-paid credit card.
The Low Carbon Workspaces project is delivered by Ngage Solutions and we will NEVER ask for any kind of payment, by pre-paid credit card or any other method, before a business can access a grant.
If your organisation is VAT registered and can therefore reclaim VAT from HMRC, VAT will not be included in the project cost - the eligible grant amount will be calculated at a third of the net cost of the project.
If your organisation is not VAT registered and therefore cannot reclaim VAT from HMRC, VAT may be included in the project cost - the eligible grant amount will be calculated at a third of the gross cost of the project.
You will be asked to complete monitoring requirements for a period following the payment of the grant so that the team may quantify the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the project.
Monitoring requirements will be determined on a case by case basis. They may include taking regular meter readings, obtaining half-hourly electricity consumption data from your supplier, or fitting an energy monitor (supplied by Low Carbon Workspaces).
Refusal to comply with monitoring requirements may invalidate your grant and could result in clawback of the monies.
You can claim your grant as soon as you have finished your project and submitted evidence to us of payment to your installer. We aim to process claims and send out payment within 30 days.
Ngage Solutions is a not-for-profit company based in Buckinghamshire, that specialises in running grant schemes and business support programmes to help organisations of all sectors and sizes increase profitability. Please visit the Ngage Solutions website for further infomation.
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has been established to reduce the gap between differing levels of development across various regions in the EU. Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/england-2014-to-2020-european-structural-and-investment-funds
Hellosign is an online e-signature client that allows signatures to be requested electronically and legal binding signatures to be added to documents
In order to reduce paper consumption, the Low Carbon Workspaces team may ask you to complete application documents through Hellosign. If you have any issues or queries regarding the Hellosign processes, please contact a member of the team.
Ngage Solutions uses Nasstar, a secure cloud-based IT platform. Nasstar implements an Information Security Management System that has been accredited with the internationally recognised standard ISO 27001.
We can help you:
Identify opportunities to improve the resource efficiency of your premises or operations, by phone, email or a site visit
Calculate potential resource, cost and carbon savings from different measures, so that you can decide which you'd like to apply for funding towards
Gather required information and complete your grant Application Form
Monitor the savings achieved through your projects
Please email email@example.com or call 01494 927131 and we'll do our best to help!