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 people 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 £5,000 available to them. Businesses in Buckinghamshire have up to £2,500 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 comes exclusively from onsite renewable energy generation)
Pure electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)
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 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. 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.
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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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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.
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