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). The project helps small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) identify opportunities to reduce energy, water, waste and fuel consumption by offering match funded grants to help pay for the installation of more efficient solutions.
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.
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.
Currently SMEs in the Black Country and Hertfordshire have up to £5000 available to them. Businesses in Buckinghamshire have up to £2500 available.
Grants are available towards projects involving physical improvements that will quantifiably contribute to the reduction of your organisation’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Example projects could include:
Energy efficiency measures
Renewable energy technologies
Battery storage systems [where the power being stored in the batteries comes exclusively from onsite renewable electricity generation source(s)]
Electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles of all weights and electric hybrid vehicles over 7.5 tonnes
Building and fleet management systems
Water efficiency measures
Waste reduction measures
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 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 and 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. 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.
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. Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/england-2014-to-2020-european-structural-and-investment-funds
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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.
There certainly are and you can find a comprehensive list of other ERDF supported grants here
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 92731 and we'll do our best to help!