If your business is located in East Sussex and your annual energy costs are over £1,500, you may be eligible for a grant of between £150 and £1,000 to invest in energy saving projects that will achieve a quantifiable reduction in energy consumption and spend. Qualifying projects could include upgrading lighting to energy efficiency models, fitting insulation or installing a renewable energy system. BHESCo can help you identify such a project.
The grant funding is provided by East Sussex County Council. The Council is keen to help local businesses improve their profitability and reduce their carbon footprint. The Sustainable Business Partnership are administering the grants on the Council’s behalf.
The grant is available to Small and Medium Sized Businesses (SME) only. An SME is defined as a small or medium sized business or social enterprise that has fewer than 250 employees and a turnover less than £35 million and that is not owned by a group or larger company that does not meet these criteria. Public sector organisations are not eligible for funding.
A free Energy Audit by a qualified commercial Energy Assessor is also available to East Sussex SMEs. The Energy Audit will provide you with recommendations for energy saving projects, which you could then apply for a grant to install.
If you already have an energy saving project in mind, you can apply for a grant without having had an Energy Audit first. Depending on the complexity of your proposed project, an Energy Audit may be required however before your grant application can be progressed. This is to make sure that your proposed project is suitable for your premises and business activities and to verify the potential energy savings that you have provided in your Grant Application. BHESCo can arrange for the Energy Audit for you.
To apply for a grant please go to the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC website download and complete an application pack and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org along with two quotes for the installation of your proposed project. Further guidance and full terms and conditions are also included in the pack.
Please contact us if you want some help in completing the application.