There are two grants available for “greening” your business and for promoting “green” products or services. These grants are for SMEs based in the South East of England (except London). We ourselves are looking at how we can make the most use of them. Our boiler project would have qualified for the grants if we had known about them before paying for the equipment. So it pays to be informed!
Grant 1 – Low Carbon Workspaces
The ‘Low Carbon Workspaces’ scheme help SMEs to reduce energy usage by offering a match-funded grant of £5,000.
The scheme is geared towards the cost of energy-efficient equipment such as:
- LED lighting
- Energy efficient boilers
- Cavity wall insulation
- Double glazing
- Wood burning stoves… etc
The minimum project spend is £2,600, for which you can receive £1,000 grant if your project qualifies. To claim the full £5,000, the project cost must be £13,000 or more.
The application process is easy. You just need to go to the Low Carbon Workspaces website, fill in the calculator and they will send you an application form. There have only a limited number of grants and they are running out, so now is the time to get in touch if you’d like one.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your project then please e-mail them at email@example.com or call them on 01494569060.
Grant 2 – Grants for Eco Innovation
The ‘Grants for Eco Innovation’ Scheme offers match-funding up to £3,000 to help SMEs to push green products or services to market.
The scheme covers anything that can help promote product, service, or processes, such as:
- Marketing and web development
- Attendance and participation at events and exhibitions
- Sales agents including telemarketing
- Promotional media, including videos, radio ads, online apps
- Research and Development
……and much more!
The scheme also covers projects designed to reduce your carbon footprint such as:
- ISO14001 and ISO50001 accreditation
- Carbon footprinting
- Development of CSR policy
- Improving productivity
- Greening supply chain
….and much more!
The minimum project spend is £3,223, for which you can receive £1,000 grant if your project qualifies. To claim the full £3,000, the project cost must be £9,667 or more.
The application form and more information can be found at www.grantsforecoinnovation.co.uk. You can contact the team by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01494 568956 to see if you could be eligible or to discuss a project idea.
Remember, for both grants, you need to have approval before you begin the project – the grants will not cover payments already made.
If you would like more information about how we can your business be more sustainable, please e-mail us at email@example.com or call us on 01494 521480.