Energy Efficiency Grant Funding now available up to £50,000
Recent changes to European funding rules mean that businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk can now access grants of up to £50,000 for energy efficiency measures, provided by a partnership involving the two County Councils.
One of the previously supported businesses spells out how the support can be the tipping point to bring new projects forward:
“Without the grant funding from BEE Anglia I wouldn't have been able to purchase as many new vehicles all at once, knowing that the vehicles are much more energy efficient the fuel savings are immediate – it’s a win win situation! All the BEE Anglia team are so helpful through the whole process I would thoroughly recommend.”
Mark J. Streeter, Managing Director, Courtesy Taxis, Norwich.
Grants are available for up to 28% of the overall project cost, up to a maximum of £50,000, with a minimum of £1,000 (approximate total project cost of £3,500). Eligibility criteria apply.
So far, Business Energy Efficiency (BEE) Anglia have awarded over £480k to projects totalling £1.7m. Funding has supported measures including electric vehicles, high efficiency machinery, radiant heating, lighting, vehicle tracking, wood burners and more. Any measure will be considered if it brings sufficient associated energy savings, with an expert team in place to support the evidence.
Even businesses that do not receive a grant can benefit from free support; independent advisors have helped 540 businesses to identify potential cost savings of £3.4m, and carbon savings of 27,000 tonnes – that’s the equivalent of taking 17,700 new cars off the road.
Cllr Matthew Hicks, Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection at Suffolk County Council said “This increase in the maximum grant size is good news for businesses in the region. There are long-lasting benefits to improved efficiency, but upfront costs can be a major barrier. I’m delighted that we will be able to support more businesses with larger projects.”
The BEE Anglia project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is being delivered across the region through a partnership of Suffolk County Council, Norfolk County Council, Groundwork and NWES.
The project has three core offers that have been designed to help businesses reduce carbon and save money using independent advice, funding and recognition for their efforts.
Businesses interested in any aspect of this service can find out more and register online or call Groundwork on 01473 350370. Dedicated advisors will be able to answer any queries about eligibility for the programme or potential grant projects.