UK SPF Low Carbon Project

This project provides dedicated support and a source of funding for eligible businesses to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.

Businesses will be accepted onto the project on a first come, first served basis until capacity is reached.

Through the Low Carbon Project, you could:

  • reduce your energy costs
  • make your business more competitive, resilient and productive
  • potentially safeguard and create jobs through improved profitability and reinvestment of savings
  • become a more environmentally friendly business by reducing carbon emissions

This project is part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).

One-to-one support from a specialist advisor

Our sustainability expert will guide you through every stage of the process. They will:

  • help you understand your energy usage and identify where you could save energy
  • refer you for an energy audit or prepare a bespoke sustainability plan
  • support you to develop and deliver a plan for your energy saving improvements
  • support you to understand your options for funding improvements, including whether you could be eligible to apply for a Low Carbon Grant
  • signpost you to other sources of support available to help you reduce your carbon footprint.

Carbon survey

You will get a free carbon survey of your business, to establish how much energy you use now and how you could save energy.

The report will identify energy saving improvements the business could invest in and provide a detailed breakdown of the carbon saving, cost, and return on investment for each, so you can decide what’s the right path to take.

Low Carbon Grants

The project includes a grant scheme through which businesses can apply for a financial contribution towards eligible costs of one or more energy-saving interventions.

To be eligible to take part in the scheme, your business must:

  • be an SME with 250 employees or fewer with a turnover of less than £36 million
  • have commercial premises in Sheffield (the scheme cannot support home-based businesses)
  • not have received more than £315,000 Minimal Financial Assistance subsidy over the last 3 years (contact us to discuss this if you’re not sure)
  • be able to provide 12 months’ energy bills to establish baseline energy use (or however many months you’ve been in your premises, if less than 12 months)

About the grants

As part of the Low Carbon scheme, businesses will have the opportunity to apply for funding towards eligible interventions identified in their carbon survey.

The grant will part-fund interventions, with the business making up the rest of the funding itself.

For projects costing up to £24,999, you can apply for a 50% grant contribution of £12,500.

For projects costing more than £25,000, you can apply for a grant contribution of between 10% and 50% of the project cost.

The minimum grant you can apply for is £1,500 (for a project with a total cost £3,000).

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Key Info

Location: South Yorks

Value: £12,500

Grant Deadline: Rolling basis