Terms and Conditions for carbon reduction grants

A Green Business Grant is designed to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and registered charities purchase and install new products and equipment that reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, cut your utility costs and improve your energy efficiency.

If eligible, you will be able to apply for £500-£15,000 to cover between 30% and 60% of your costs depending on your business size and project type.

If you are looking to make improvements but are unsure what would be best to do, we offer this support for free through our Carbon Survey programme.

Green Business Grants are part of the Combined Authority’s Low Carbon Business Support, funded by the West of England Green Recovery Fund.

This supports the shift towards a low carbon economy and a green recovery from the impact of COVID-19.

To be eligible, you must be:

✓ A small or medium sized enterprise/charity – with fewer than 250 employees AND a turnover of equal to or less than £36 million.

✓ A legal entity such as a private limited company, community interest company, community benefit society or a registered charity

✓ based in the West of England Combined Authority region – located in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol or South Gloucestershire local authority areas

✓ content to be credit checked by a third-party credit reference agency. For your project to be eligible, it must:

✓ be based on recommendations from an independent source such as a carbon survey carried out by us or a third-party independent surveyor/consultant

✓ be an eligible capital project that reduces greenhouse gas emissions

✓ not be required to meet another legal obligation such as a condition of planning permission

✓ be procured in line with our procurement rules

✓ not be started, or any contract entered into, until we give the ok-to-proceed

✓ be above the minimum grant request of £500

✓ have written landlord permission, if required – please send this with your application

✓ meet current Building Regulations, where relevant

✓ have planning permission, if required – this can be through permitted development where allowed

✓ be cash-flowed to completion by your company. 


Who is not eligible to apply?

The following businesses are not eligible to apply:

• Large businesses, sole traders, partnerships and businesses using cash-based accounting

• Community groups, sports clubs, village halls and similar entities unless applying as a registered charity or through a trading arm

• GPs, dentists, opticians, care homes, schools, colleges and similar

• Private domestic landlords or businesses operating from buildings that are required by law to have a domestic Energy Performance Certificate.

Due Diligence

Due diligence will be carried out on your application, including a credit check by a third-party agency.

You may be ineligible if you:

• Have a County Court Judgement

• Have a director who is disqualified

• Do not have valid and adequate insurance policies in place

• Have current or pending legal proceedings

Please make sure you highlight any of the above on your application form. 


What can the grant be used for?

Eligible activities that can be funded by Green Business Grants include:

• Capital works to improve the energy efficiency and/or reduce the carbon emissions of buildings, such as insulation, heating, lighting and glazing

• Capital purchases to improve the energy efficiency and/or reduce the carbon emissions of business operations such as manufacturing and office equipment

• Renewable generation such as solar PV.

Your project should deliver carbon emissions savings for your business, for example from energy savings, water savings and/or direct reductions in emissions, measured as tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e).


Complete the form below to begin the grant application process



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