North Northamptonshire Council have launched a new grant scheme to help local businesses invest in measures to increase energy efficiency, move to a lower carbon economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Small or medium sized businesses can now apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 towards 50% of project costs, with the remaining amount to be match funded by the business.
The funding can be used for:
- lighting and lighting controls
- heating and heating controls
- energy efficient machinery and equipment (e.g. air compressors)
- solar panels
- heat pumps
- biomass boilers
- energy storage
- building energy management systems
Cllr David Brackenbury, the council’s Executive Member for Growth and Regeneration, said: “We know the past few years have been difficult for businesses and the council are always looking for new ways we can help and provide financial assistance to stimulate investment.
“This scheme will make a real difference to those businesses who want to reduce their carbon footprint and just need some more financial help to make that happen.”
Cllr Harriet Pentland, the council’s Executive Member for Climate and the Green Environment, said: “Addressing the challenges of a changing climate is essential and something we should all be factoring into our lives; it can also save money.
“This is why I am pleased we are launching this grant scheme, which will provide businesses with a helping hand to be greener.”
Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council, said: “We expect a high level of applications for this grant scheme, so I would encourage businesses looking to reduce their carbon footprint to take a look at the information online and apply as soon as possible.”
The deadline for applications is 15 December 2023. This project is funded by the UK government through the Shared Prosperity Fund.