European Regional Development Fund: Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE)

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European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020’s Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE) project helps businesses tackle and adapt to climate change. The fund aims to reduce costs by cutting emissions and to promote the opportunities of the low carbon market. To help achieve this goal, grants of up to £10,000 are available to small and medium businesses in the South East.

To be eligible for support, businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • be a small or medium enterprise (SME). This includes:
    • employing 250 (FTE) employees or less;
    • having an annual turnover of £44M or less and an annual balance sheet of £38M or less; and
    • if another firm owns more than a quarter of your company, they must meet the above criteria.
  • your organisation must not have received more than approximately £180,000 of state aid in the last three years; and
  • your organisation must be registered and operating in the counties of Kent, Essex or East Sussex.

Grants can be used to improve your business performance and profitability. The grant will form up to 40% of the cost of your eligible project, with the remainder matched by your business;

  1. Any business can use this money towards having energy efficiency measures installed for their business. The grant can contribute to both the cost of materials or equipment and any installation. Projects which save on fuel/mileage are also acceptable.
  2. If your business offers low carbon (or “green”) goods or services, a Business Development Grant is also available to you. You can claim against costs such as marketing, consultancy, equipment, IT software, product/process development, accreditation and certification.

Deadline: Continuous rolling programme until Spring 2019.

For more information and how to apply please click here.

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