New Northwest carbon fund to offer grants up to £500,000
18th March 2010
Northwest micro-enterprises and social enterprises are being invited to apply for funding from a new £4 million rural carbon grant project for the region.
The Rural Carbon Challenge Fund
was launched last month
by the North West Regional Development Agency (NWDA). Its aim is to support renewable
energy projects in rural areas across England’s Northwest
Its offering grants of between £200,000 and £500,000 to micro-businesses
, charities and community groups that are either looking to install wind, water or wood fuel energy projects in their area, or may be looking to set up or expand renewable energy businesses.
The grants can also offer assistance to those looking to supply training about micro-renewable installation, including fitters, plumbers and heating engineers or those looking to conduct feasibility studies.
According to the NWDA, a key aim of the grant – which has backing from European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and Defra – is to “improve the diversification of the rural economy and develop new partnerships at community level”.
Lee Allman, head of Research and Commercialisation at Envirolink Northwest, which is delivering the project in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for rural communities in England’s Northwest to make a real difference to where they live and work. There is no other scheme like it in the country, so the successful projects will be pioneers, setting a blueprint for the rest of the UK to follow.”
Envirolink Northwest and the Energy Saving Trust are calling on businesses and other interested parties to apply for funding before May 2010.
The delivery partners will help applicants forge alliances to submit joint proposals and develop and deliver the outputs of their projects.Related news:North west green business newsRenewables newsGreen SME newsRelated links:www.envirolinknorthwest.co.uk