Full terms and conditions of the grant can be downloaded here.
Low Carbon Workspaces is a grant scheme funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It offers grants to organisations to reduce their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions, through the installation of energy efficiency solutions (such as insulation, and LED lighting).
By providing a grant to fund the installation of energy efficiency solutions.
By identifying sustainable energy options which will reduce your costs.
By improving your organisation's green reputation.
An SME is an enterprise which employs fewer than 250 persons and has an annual turnover not exceeding 50 million Euro, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding 43 million Euro [in accordance with the definition laid down in EU Regulation No 1303/2013 within the meaning of Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC (please see the website here).
Social welfare (hospitals, nursing homes, fire stations, sports facilities, parks and public facilities such as libraries)
School-age educational establishments
Organisations directly involved in the primary production, processing and marketing of agricultural products (including fishery and aquaculture)
Coal, steel, shipbuilding and synthetic fibre industries
Banking and insurance companies
Organisations ineligible for State Aid
Organisation that have received more than €200,000 in State Aid in the last 3 rolling years
If you are unsure whether your organisation is eligible to receive a grant please contact us.
Yes, you can apply for a grant if you can demonstrate that your project will result in less energy being consumed at your premises compared to the project not going ahead at all. It must be for the replacement of existing equipment, fixtures or fittings; the installation of energy efficiency measures associated with the building fabric (roof, floor slabs, walls, windows, and doors) or voltage optimisation technology.
You will need to agree with the Low Carbon Workspaces team a method to both forecast and then monitor the energy savings resulting from your project. Monitoring requirements will form a condition of the grant award. You will also need to provide a relevant Energy Performance Certificate for the premises with your application.
No. To be eligible to receive a grant you must be the organisation that will benefit from the energy cost savings resulting from your energy efficiency project.
The grant available is for £1,000 - £5,000 and is match funded on a 2:1 basis. For example the total project expenditure must be a minimum of £3,000 to receive the minimum £1,000 grant, or £15,000 to receive the maximum grant size of £5,000. Total project expenditure is not limited to £15,000.
Grants will only be approved for physical improvements that quantifiably contribute to the reduction of an organisation’s greenhouse gas emissions from scope 1 and 2 activities. This includes energy efficiency measures. Renewable energy technologies and low carbon vehicles are excluded. The following definitions of scope 1 and 2 activities have been sourced from Defra’s Environmental Reporting Guidelines, which can be found on the Government’s ‘Measuring and reporting environmental impacts: guidance for businesses’ webpages:
‘Scope 1 (Direct emissions): Emissions from activities owned or controlled by your organisation that release emissions into the atmosphere. They are direct emissions. Examples of scope 1 emissions include emissions from combustion in owned or controlled boilers, furnaces, vehicles; emissions from chemical production in owned or controlled process equipment.
Scope 2 (Energy indirect): Emissions released into the atmosphere associated with your consumption of purchased electricity, heat, steam and cooling. These are indirect emissions that are a consequence of your organisation’s activities but which occur at sources you do not own or control.’
All quotations should provide a breakdown of capital and labour costs etc., details of the technology / intervention proposed (quantity, make and model), and projected energy and greenhouse gas emission (CO2e) savings; and the initial grant claim MUST be for £1,000+.
Currently, tonnes of carbon saved will be measured using:
Please see the 'How to Apply' page.
General details about your organisation, including – address, contact details, and staff numbers.
Details of the work you have planned for installing energy efficiency, solutions, evidence of your organisation’s energy use and procurement process (quotations from contractors etc.), and an energy efficiency / management action plan.
Information about whether you have received State Aid in the last three years and / or have submitted an application for State Aid.
Monitoring required for projects will be determined on a case by case basis. Examples include taking meter readings at regular intervals. If necessary an energy monitor / meter will be provided by the programme to assist with monitoring.
If your organisation is not VAT registered you can claim back VAT. However, if your organisation is VAT registered you will not be able to claim for VAT.
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 18 working days.
Ngage Solutions is a not-for-profit company based in Buckinghamshire who design and deliver programmes to support organisations, individuals and communities. Every year we provide practical solutions to real business needs. To date, Ngage Solutions has leveraged more than £60 million of funding to invest in business support services. To find out more about Ngage Solutions please visit www.ngagesolutions.co.uk.
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has been established to reduce the gap between differing levels of development across various regions in the EU, to reduce the extent to which the least-favoured regions and islands (including rural areas) are lagging behind. You can find out more about the ERDF by visiting http://www.communities.gov.uk/regeneration/regenerationfunding/europeanregionaldevelopment/
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.
Our Low Carbon Calculator is available via the Apply Now page. For each of the building types covered by this tool, an energy performance model has been built using energy modelling software. These models produce an estimate of the annual energy performance (in kWh/m2) of a typical building in each category (e.g. a typical office). These initial models give a ‘base case’ for energy performance, which assumes no retrofit actions have been taken. These models have then been modified to calculate the energy performance and savings for each of the different retrofit scenarios e.g. wall insulation, boiler replacement. A database of these modelled figures for all of the retrofit scenarios has been created, to provide the basis for the savings estimates generated by the tool.
The building type and floor area, energy consumption and cost data and information selected/provided by the user is used by the tool to convert the relative energy savings (kWh/m2) into energy, carbon and cost savings (kWh, tonnes CO2 and £ per year) for certain energy efficiency measures.
We have a dedicated and experienced team who can help identify suitable projects, determine whether your organisation is eligible for the grant, and provide you with information of other grant schemes. We can offer site visits to a certain number of organisations.
We will help you complete and check your forms and information so that your application is processed as efficiently as possible. Sometimes we may need to contact you to find out more about your project or discuss its eligibility and progress.
We may be able to provide energy monitoring / metering devices on a short term basis to help determine how much energy is being consumed.
If there's anything else you want to know that we have not answered here - email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to help!