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.

In October, seventeen successful Energy Project Enabling Fund Projects were offered a combined grant award of £422,295.90, with an additional two projects being offered funding in November, resulting in an overall grant offer of £476,449.90 across nineteen successful EPEF projects. The additional £76,449.90 above the original grant pot of £400,000 was sourced from the Hub’s budget to ensure a wide range of the strongest proposals could be supported.

Successful projects are as follows:

  • Coastal Regeneration, Sewerby Methodist Church
  • Insulation, Solar Power and LED Lighting for St Augustine’s Centre, Halifax
  • Freedom House, The Basement Recovery Project
  • Mayford House Surgery Solar Project
  • Heat Decarbonisation of Two Oil Powered Ambulance Stations, Yorkshire Ambulance Service
  • Project Zephuros, Hartlepower
  • BBIC EV Project, Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre
  • Replacing Solid Fuel Heating System, The Edlington Hilltop Centre
  • Zetland Carpark Solar PV Scheme, Middlesbrough Council
  • St John’s Church Solar Panels Project
  • Ferryhill Football Renewables
  • Warm Welcome, St Margaret’s Parish Church, Frizinghall
  • Project EV Whitby, Whitby Group Practice
  • Solar PV installation – Stokesley School
  • Solar PV installation – Northallerton School
  • Slaley Commemoration Hall – Battery Storage Solution
  • FAR Community Centre
  • South Holderness In Need: Energy (SHIN:E) Project, South Holderness Methodist Circuit
  • GPCC Solar Project, Great Park Community Centre

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