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Grants for businesses to become greener

Small and medium-sized businesses are being urged to apply for a Green Business Grant from the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) by the 1 November deadline

The £1m fund from WECA aims to help businesses improve their energy efficiency – reducing their energy bills and protecting them from future energy price rises.

Green Business Grants are open to eligible applicants across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Cashback grants of £1,000-£15,000 are available for:

  • improvements to the energy efficiency of buildings – this could include insulation, heating and lighting
  • and/or purchases to improve business operations, such as electric vehicles and more efficient production or refrigeration equipment.

The grant pays for 40 per cent of eligible costs and is paid in arrears at the end of the project.

Regional Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “… This fund will help businesses make their buildings and activities more energy efficient. It will help protect the climate and environment upon which we and future generations depend.”

Green Business Grants are part of the West of England Combined Authority’s Low Carbon Challenge Fund, supported with £1.7m from the European Regional Development Fund.

For more information on the West of England Green Business Grants and to apply visit www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/green-business-grants/.