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Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme

Funding for community climate 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 seeking financial support for environmental & sustainability projects. This page is updated regularly as new funding sources are discovered.

Innovator Challenge – Low Carbon Interoperable Energy Solutions

Energy Systems Catapult is launching an Innovator Challenge call in collaboration with Climate-KIC, inviting SMEs developing products and services targeted at Low Carbon Interoperable Energy Solutions, to receive tailored business incubation and acceleration support. This is the 5th intake to the Innovator Support Platform (ISP), which offers SMEs access to advanced energy system expertise from across the Catapult alongside a wider partner network of West Midlands based Universities, Local Authorities, Industrialist and around 40 firms offering a range of specialist business support services

Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge

This challenge will boost development of low-carbon technologies to increase 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.

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 Cadent Foundation

The Cadent Foundation has been established to make a positive and lasting difference to local communities and the wider society within Cadent’s network. That’s why, over the next 5 years they will be awarding £20+ million of grants to charities and community groups to support projects that make a real difference. Their aim to make a positive impact by providing support to people living in vulnerable situations and energy poor communities, to work to protect and preserve our natural environment and create a sustainable energy future.Applications are open from March 23 to May 31

MCS Charitable Foundation

MCS Charitable Foundation is open to funding a range of projects that advance their mission to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy and low carbon technologies. Bids should fall into one of the following themes: Education, skills and CPD; Public awareness/information and consumer confidence; Zero carbon planning; Local zero carbon delivery initiatives. Funding ranges from £5k up to £50k and runs until 19 October 2020.

Industrial Heat Recovery Support Programme

The Industrial Heat Recovery Support (IHRS) programme is designed to encourage and support investment in heat recovery technologies. This means helping businesses of any size to identify and invest in opportunities for recovering and reusing heat that would otherwise be wasted. The programme runs until March 2022.

Industrial Energy Transformation Fund

The £315million Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) will support businesses with high energy use to transition to a low carbon future. The government response and application guidance will be in Spring 2020, in advance of launching the first phase of the Fund in Summer 2020.

Innovate UK Fast Track Competition

Innovate UK has launched a new competition looking for business-led innovation in response to global disruption following the COVID19 pandemic. UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £20m to respond to urgent needs in UK and global communities  generated as a direct result of social distancing, across a number of priority areas such delivery businesses to food manufacturers, entertainment, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, retail, transport and community support. The competition closes on 17 April. Successful applicants will be notified on 1 May.

Niche Vehicle Network - 2020 Collaborative R&D Competition

Sponsored by Innovate UK, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), are pleased to announce that their annual Collaborative R&D competition, covering Proof of Concept and Production Readiness Projects is now open for applications.  The focus of this year’s competition will again be on low carbon vehicle technology, with emphasis on electrification, energy efficiency and lightweight vehicle structures.  The deadline for bid submissions is Monday 8 June 2020.

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. 

Urban Tree Challenge Fund

The UK Government has announced how to apply for the Urban Tree Challenge fund, which has £10m available for the planting of trees in urban areas in England.

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

Tel: 024 7683 4333

Coventry City Council
PO Box 15
Council House

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