Eco business grants – How to get funding in Hertfordshire

Alfie Brown

Many entrepreneurs are looking to eco business grants to help them fund environmental projects, adopt green technologies and become more sustainable.

If you fancy making your business and its operations that bit greener, these eco grants will help you get there.

Funding comes under the following categories and are often distributed by local authorities:

  • Renewable energy business grants
  • Sustainability grants
  • Energy efficiency grants
  • Sustainable innovation
  • Green jobs

Woodland Creation Planning Grant (WCPG)

Receive a maximum of £30,000 per project for creating multi-purpose woodland.

Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP), Worcestershire County

Worcestershire County are providing free energy and resource efficiency reviews as well funding for projects up to £50,000. The intervention rate is 40 per cent. They’re available to SMEs throughout Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire. You must have a minimum energy spend of £2,000 to apply.

Low Carbon Workspaces

Low Carbon Workspaces is supplying match-funded grants between £1,000 and £5,000 for businesses to take on green initiatives like double glazing, LED lighting and smart heating. It’s open to SMEs in Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire.

Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE)

The RDPE is as it sounds: a programme to develop agricultural and forestry sectors. Within the programme, there are grants and other support available.

Funding for green jobs

Funding for green jobs are being delivered as rounds of funding that open and close periodically for fixed amounts of time and from which the best projects will be chosen for support.

The green jobs calls aim to support businesses to create and maintain jobs that improve the environment, and to support projects that align to the Scottish Government net zero policies. That’s the Scottish Government’s commitment to achieving net zero carbon and greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

The first call is aimed at supporting businesses to:

  • Create green jobs (these are new jobs that relate directly to the transition to net zero) or facilitate the transition of a job from non-green to green
  • Minimise environmental impacts by developing sustainable low carbon products or services

The first grant is for businesses located in the Scottish Enterprise area, or looking to set up a trading location in this area before October 1, 2021. It offers grants between £50,000 and £500,000 and can support between 10 per cent and 50 per cent of eligible project costs, depending on factors such as company size, location and project activities.

Businesses undertaking activities that will result in green jobs, including investing in premises, purchasing capital equipment or conducting research and development can also apply.