West Midlands Net Zero Grants
Does your business qualify for a net zero grant?
The need to reduce energy demand in the commercial and industrial sectors has only been made more prominent since the substantial rise in the cost of energy. The WMCA has committed to establishing a dedicated energy advice service for SMEs, The Decarbonisation Net Zero Programme will provide trusted advice on improving energy efficiency (EE) and decarbonisation alongside free energy efficiency assessments.
To address barriers to growth, business resilience and net zero investment highlighted in these energy efficiency assessments the WMCA, alongside its Local Authority partners and HMG have allocated £15.5m of grant funding to be available to businesses within the WMCA area.
If your business has had an Energy Efficiency Assessment from an assessor with appropriate knowledge and qualifications within the last two years, please contact your local authority and you will be able to apply for a grant.
Businesses can get a grant of up to £100,000 in funding and up to 50% aid intensity.
If your business has yet to have an energy efficiency assessment one can be delivered free of charge through the regions Decarbonisation Net Zero programme.
Eligibility of businesses will be assessed to allow for certain companies to receive support, these include:
- SMEs from all sectors (excluding agriculture, forestry and fisheries) are eligible.
- Businesses must have had an energy efficiency assessment delivered by a qualified assessment or (with appropriate knowledge (which may differ between commercial and industry) and qualifications (e.g. ISO/ ESOS accreditation) for the complexity of the assessment.
- The Energy Efficiency Assessment has been undertaken in the last two years.
- Grants may be sought for solutions to one, some, or all of the recommendations for energy reduction measures provided within the assessment.
- Businesses need to have been running for at least 12 months (established company).
- Businesses must agree to take part in follow-up monitoring of the impact of the intervention (proportionate to the grant amount) and surveys/ evaluation.