Energy Project Enabling Fund

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What is the Energy Project Enabling Fund?
The Energy Project Enabling Fund is a £400,000 investment scheme providing capital grants to a range of organisations across the North East and Yorkshire (NEY) Net Zero Hub’s geography to support the delivery of energy projects. The NEY Net Zero Hub geography covers the North East, Tees Valley, York and North Yorkshire, Hull and East Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, and South Yorkshire.

Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available to eligible public sector organisations, community groups, charities and businesses, wanting to deliver local energy projects for communal or public benefit. This funding has been provided by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as part of their commitment to the Local Net Zero Hubs and has been allocated by the NEY Net Zero Hub to facilitate the delivery of local energy projects in the North East and Yorkshire region.

All successful projects must be completed, and funding drawn down by the end of March 2023. Funding may be secured to deliver discrete phases of a project. Project sponsors are recommended to phase larger projects to ensure delivery can be achieved within the required timescale.

Successful projects will be expected to include match funding of a minimum of 30% of the overall project value, and applicants will be required to provide a statement of UK Subsidy Control compliance from a reputable source to support their application. Grants will be paid in arrears at the approved intervention rate against evidenced spend.

Who can apply?

The following organisations are eligible to apply, subject to UK Subsidy Control regulations:

  • Public sector (including Local Authorities, Combined Authorities, NHS)
  • Businesses (including education/skills providers, Universities, etc.)
  • Community Groups
  • Charities/Third Sector
  • Farming/Food production
 

Please note the following:

  • Businesses in difficulty will not be eligible to apply for the Energy Project Enabling Fund.
  • The investment and associated outputs must be within the North East and Yorkshire Net Zero Hub’s geography.
  • Applications must be made by an incorporated organisation with a legal personality and a bank account in the organisation’s name. Applications may be made on behalf of a body or group that is not incorporated by one that is – e.g., a local authority, incorporated business, or registered charity.
  • Businesses will normally be expected to be able to demonstrate at least 1 year of trading activity and be able to supply at least one set of accounts (preferably audited) at the time of submitting an application
  • Projects should be completed within the project completion date (as per Application Form) or by 31st March 2023, whichever is sooner. Significant concerns around delivery may result in the funding offer being withdrawn.
What should my project focus on?

All project proposals must focus on at least one of the NEY Hub’s Strategic Priorities:

  • Renewable Energy Technologies (Solar, wind, biofuels, Community Energy Projects, batteries and energy storage, etc.)
  • Heat Decarbonisation (Public building retrofit, etc.)
  • Natural Carbon Sequestration (Biobased construction, low carbon farming, etc.)
  • Circular Economy (Heat Networks, etc.)
How do I apply?

To apply for The Energy Project Enabling Fund, please complete our online application form.

Please contact enquiries@NEYnetzerohub.com if you require an alternative version of the application form.

The Energy Project Enabling Fund will be open for applications from 4th July 2022 until 19th August 2022.

Please ensure that you read The Energy Project Enabling Fund Guidance Document in its entirety before you complete your application form.

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