Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme

Funding for low carbon and sustainability projects

Aerial view of Coventry

Are you looking for funding to help support a project that focuses on climate or environmental sustainability? 

Below is a list of current funding opportunities for organisations and community organisations seeking financial support for environmental and sustainability projects. This page is updated regularly as new funding sources are launched.

Together for Our Planet

This programme will offer grants from £1,000 to £10,000 of National Lottery funding to support communities across the UK to take action on climate change. Projects should reflect what matters to your community and can be small scale. Areas that could be covered are food, transport, energy, waste, consumption and the natural environment. The Community Fund is particularly interested to hear from people who are starting to think about tackling climate action in their communities. This is suitable for voluntary or community organisations and applications open 1 September and close 18 November. 

The BEIS Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA)

The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) IEEA is supported through the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio and funds industrial scale demonstrations of novel technologies with the potential to reduce energy consumption, maximise resource efficiency and cut carbon emissions. The third phase of the IEEA is now open for idea submissions. Do you have an energy or resource efficiency technology concept that is ready to be demonstrated in industry? Then BEIS can help you!  

Transport Research and Innovation Grant (TRIG) Programme

TRIG enables the Department for Transport (DfT) to fully fund proof-of-concept research projects in support of innovative ideas or concepts that facilitate a better transport system. The programme aims to foster innovation to improve UK transport, generate growth in the transport sector and build links between policy teams in DfT and innovators. The latest round is now open and at least 50 grants are expected to be awarded. There is a focus on Net Zero and sustainable transport. The deadline for applications is 7 November.

Circular economy for SMEs

The aim of this Innovate UK competition is to support feasibility studies, industrial research and experimental development projects that address the challenges of transitioning to a circular economy. Your project must demonstrate how you will create a step-change in the adoption of circular economy approaches. Projects are particularly encouraged that focus on retaining the maximum amount of value in a product or system. The deadline for applications is 8 December.

Low Carbon and Circular Economy Fund

This new fund is targeted at low carbon and food and drinks manufacturing sector across the West Midlands. To achieve the regional and national Net Zero targets that have been set, its crucial that food and drinks manufacturers can work with low carbon innovators to help develop sustainable products and practices. The GBSLEP will offer up to £30,000 of revenue funding to exemplary projects, with 30% match funding from the project proposal. A total of £240,000 will be available to support these projects from businesses located in the GBSLEP, Black Country LEP (BCLEP) and Coventry and Warwickshire LEP (CWLEP) areas. The deadline for applications is 22 October.

Green Alley Award

The term Circular Economy has become too broad to encompass all its areas in one award. This is why the Green Alley Award is dedicated to three specific high-potential fields: recycling, waste prevention and digital solutions. The latest round of awards are now open for applications, and a total of six startups will be invited to a Grand Finale in Berlin. One start-up will also take home the prize money of €25,000.

Innovate UK Edge

Innovate UK EDGE brings a range of services to help ambitious, innovative SMEs scale and grow. They help businesses:

Clean Growth Fund

The government has launched a new effort to support green start-up companies across the UK, joint-funding a £40 million venture capital fund to supercharge the development of next-generation clean, low-carbon technologies.

Grants for the Planting and Care of Trees, Hedges & Orchards (UK)

Schools, community groups, parish and town councils, and tree warden networks within the UK can apply for grants of between £300 and £1,500 to get communities and young people involved in planting and caring for trees, hedges and orchards. The funding is being made available through the Tree Council’s Branching Out Fund. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 17 December 2021, but early applications are encouraged to ensure availability of stock. All projects must be completed and payments claimed by 31 March 2022.

Grants to Support Nature Conservation & Biodiversity Improvements (UK)

The Trust will provide grants of between £500 to £2,500 to charities and voluntary and grassroots organisations for projects focused on nature conservation and biodiversity improvements. The deadline for applications will be 31 December 2021.

Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) Phase 2: Autumn 2021

This competition provides up to £60 million of grant funding for the following project types:

  • studies - feasibility and engineering studies to enable companies to investigate identified energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects prior to making an investment decision.
  • energy efficiency - deployment of technologies to reduce industrial energy consumption.
  • deep decarbonisation - deployment of technologies to achieve industrial emissions savings.

Eligible businesses can apply by 6 December 

Tree Production Innovation Fund

The Tree Production Innovation Fund (TPIF) has been designed to encourage the development and adoption of new technologies and ways of working that will enhance the quantity, quality and diversity of tree planting stock available for planting in England. The TPIF is looking to support projects with outputs that will better equip nurseries to supply the trees required for new woodlands and urban planting projects. Applicants will be invited to apply for between £20K and £200K in grant funding to support innovative projects that address one or more of the following challenges identified as barriers to tree nursery production.

KTN iX latest opportunities

KTN-iX provides you with the opportunity to become directly linked to, or collaborate with, key industry stakeholders who are actively seeking the most innovative solutions to help them achieve their full potential. Lots of new challenges have been posted, and several of them are looking for low carbon solutions. Check out the latest batch of opportunities.

Climate-KIC Innovation Call 2022

EIT Climate-KIC is inviting proposals for new activities due to commence in 2022. Under this call, open for applications until 18 November 2021, partial funding is available to support the development of new highly innovative commercial products or services that seek to launch on the market and achieve climate impact through entrepreneurship and commercial means. Climate-KIC aims to support innovators, researchers, scientists, coaches, and experts to join forces in projects that aim to bring innovative solutions to the European market. They will also support existing innovations that may seek to expand into new markets across Europe and require support to do so.

Niche Vehicle Feasibility Studies Competition

Sponsored by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV), the Niche Vehicle Feasibility Studies Competition will provide SMEs and micro companies active in the zero emission niche vehicle technology sector with grant funding of up to £35,000 to undertake desktop research activities aimed at catalysing innovative, zero emission vehicle technologies. Specifically, this year’s Feasibility Studies Competition is looking to fund innovative projects which support the increased uptake of zero emission on-road UK niche vehicles, including innovative charging. 

Plug-In Coventry

Driving an electric vehicle into Coventry City centre shouldn’t be a headache – that’s why late last year we unveiled a new ‘park-and-charge’ facility at Salt Lane Car park. As part of the ‘Plug In Coventry’ network, the newly installed fast chargers offer everyday EV drivers a secure and reliable place to charge, whether they’re commuting to work, school or simply looking to discover the city centre. Powered by EO Charging, this EV charging destination forms just a small part of the council’s plans to reshape the city’s transport infrastructure and support the shift to electric vehicles. We are actively encouraging Coventry’s businesses to install charging facilities on their premises to not only support the widespread adoption of EVs but also attract customers and generate revenue through this funding scheme.

Carbon13

Carbon13 works with founders to build startups that can reduce carbon emissions by millions of tonnes. Each of the 50 founders on the eight-month programme is focused on tackling the biggest challenges of Net Zero and achieving a meaningful impact on emissions. Overall, the initiative will select and support a thousand entrepreneurs over 5 years who will build scalable ventures with the potential to reduce carbon emissions by over 400 million tonnes. The latest cohort has opened for applications.

Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge

This challenge will boost the development of low-carbon technologies to increase the competitiveness of key industrial regions and support the UK’s drive for Clean Growth. The Industrial Decarbonisation programme is funded by £170 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund which is expected to be matched by funding of up to £261 million from industry. UK businesses can express an interest in applying for a share of up to £30 million to collaborate on quantum technology development projects.

Cadent Foundation Grants

Cadent will work with UK charities or groups with charitable purposes to fund projects, up to £100,000 that have a positive impact on people, the environment and communities. The scheme appears to be available indefinitely and has a fairly open criteria as to what is eligible.  

Funding for low carbon industry

Details of funding for low carbon industry including carbon capture, usage and storage programmes. Innovate UK, the Research Councils and BEIS expect to invest around £162 million in industrial research and innovation, including carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS). As part of this commitment, within the Energy Innovation ProgrammeBEIS expects to invest around £100 million in low carbon industrial innovation to reduce the risks and costs of accelerating the roll-out of low carbon technologies which will enable UK industry to remain competitive.

Severn Trent Community Fund

Severn Trent is going to be giving away £10million over the next five years to support local projects, charities and community groups in the Severn Trent region. This will be in the areas of: 

  • People: Projects that help people to lead a healthier life and gain new skills
  • Places: Projects that help to create better places to live in and use
  • Environment: Projects that will help look after the natural environment, give people greater access to that environment or help look after water

The Magic Little Grants

Charitable organisations can apply for a £500 grant as part of The Magic Little Grants programme for a variety of different projects including sustainability projects. This programme is now live and accepting applications until 31 October 2021 (application deadline).

Veolia Environmental Trust

The Veolia Environmental Trust was established in 1997 under the Landfill Communities Fund.  They support a wide range of community and environmental projects throughout England. The money they use for grants is made available through the Fund. Veolia has supported this initiative by contributing over £82 million since they were established, which to date has been used to award over 2,354 grants to projects.

Groundwork Grant Schemes

Groundwork's specialist staff have extensive knowledge and experience managing grant schemes from the small funds to multi-million-pound programmes. They can help your organisation design high impact grant schemes and ensure that your funding reaches the right people to create lasting change that benefits communities. 

Community Energy Hub

This website provides information about grant funding for community energy projects. The information on the Community Energy Hub website provides links to the main support schemes for community energy, followed by links to online funding guides and general information on grant funds.

Rural Community Energy Fund

A funding scheme to support rural communities across England wanting to set up renewable energy projects in their area.

The Earthshot Prize

Prizes will reward progress across all sectors of industry and society, not just technology. The prizes could be awarded to a wide range of individuals, teams or collaborations – scientists, activists, economists, leaders, governments, banks, businesses, cities, and countries – anyone who is making a substantial development or outstanding contribution to solving our environmental challenges.

Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 024 7697 2046

Coventry City Council
PO Box 15
Earl Street
Coventry
CV1 5RR

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