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, Hertfordshire and the Black Country (comprising the local authority areas of Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Walsall) are welcome to apply.
The full terms and conditions of the grant can be downloaded here.
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:
If you are unsure whether or not 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 a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions at the premises compared to the project not going ahead at all.
This could include the:
You will need to agree with the Low Carbon Workspaces team a method to both forecast and then monitor the resource savings resulting from your project. Monitoring requirements will form a condition of the grant award.
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. 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.
Grants of £1,000 are available for projects between £2,000 and £3,000 in value (application deadline 31st March 2019).
For projects over £3,000 in value, grants of up to £5,000 are available to cover the one third of project costs (except in Buckinghamshire, where the the maximum grant is £2,500).
Total project expenditure is not limited to £15,000.
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.
Currently, tonnes of carbon saved will be measured using:
Please see the 'How to Apply' page.
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).
VAT can only be included in the project cost on which the grant amount is calculated if you are unable to reclaim VAT from HMRC (e.g. your organisation is not VAT registered).
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.
Yes, though please note that you will not be able to receive the Feed-in-Tariff or Renewable Heat Incentive for renewable electricity or heat generated by a technology towards which you have received a Low Carbon Workspaces, or other publicly funded, grant.
The grant can help fund replacement computer server equipment, printers and multi-functional devices where a quantifiable energy saving will be achieved. The grant cannot be used towards the purchase of desktop or laptop computers, tablets or mobile phones.
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
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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
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.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01494 927131 and we'll do our best to help!