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Type of SupportOrganisationScheme NameDescriptionValueLinkNotes
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Grant Leeds LEPResource Efficency FundGrant funding and support to help small and medium-sized businesses in Leeds City Region identify and invest in measures to become more resource efficient. Launched Feb 2017.50% capital grant funding of up to £10,000.http://www.the-lep.com/what-we-do/energy-(1)/Delivered in partnership with the Carbon Trust
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Grant Leeds LEPBetter HomesHelp is available to businesses and residents to install energy efficiency and heating improvements in their homes and places of work through the Better Homes programme.Unavailablehttp://www.betterhomesyorkshire.co.uk/
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Grant Leeds LEPEnergy AcceleratorThis programme will provide grant funding and specialist expertise to help public and private sector organisations in Leeds City Region develop low carbon local energy projects.Unavailablehttp://www.the-lep.com/what-we-do/energy-(1)/
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Grant Carbon TrustGreen Business FundThe Carbon Trust Green Business Fund is the energy efficiency support service for small and medium-sized companies in England, Wales and Scotland. It provides direct funded support through energy assessments, training workshops, equipment procurement support and capital contribution per company towards energy saving equipment.Up to £5,000 capital grant funding (15% of costs) and other support (Energy Opportunity Assessments/Procurement Support/Training Workshops)https://www.carbontrust.com/client-services/programmes/green-business-fund/
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Grant Office for Low Emission VehiclesPlug in Van GrantThe plug-in van grant was extended to cover heavier vans and trucks in October 2016. N2 and N3 vehicle claims have been made, the grant level will fall in line with current grant levels for light electric vans - 20% off the price, up to a maximum of £8,000.20% grant for electric van purchases up to £8,000.00https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/plug-in-van-grant-extension-to-larger-vans/plug-in-van-grant-extension-to-larger-vans
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FinancingNorthern Powerhouse Investment FundMultipleThe Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, supported by the European Regional Development Fund, provides commercially focussed finance through Microfinance, Debt and Equity Finance funds.

NPIF is a collaboration between the British Business Bank and ten Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the North West, Yorkshire, the Humber and Tees Valley.

NPIF provides over £400m of investment to boost small and medium business (SME) growth in the North of England.
Microfinance (Business Enterprise Fund and Finance for Enterprise): Small business loans from £25,000 to £100,000

Debt Finance (Mercia Fund Managers): £100,000 - £750,000

Equity Finance: £50k to £2m
https://www.npif.co.uk/quick-reference-guide/
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SupportSustainable RoutesTravel Efficiency PlanPersonalised business travel plan aimed at cutting CO2 and saving money.Free Resourcehttp://www.sustainableroutes.co.uk/
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Grant Sustainable RoutesSustainable Routes ProgrammeSustainable routes is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, it can provide a grant towards the cost of implementing initiatives to encourage smarter working practices and reducing CO2 emissions.Up to £1,000 from a pot of £2.5mhttp://www.sustainableroutes.co.uk/
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Grant Government SchemeMarch 2018 Sector CompetitonInnovate UK will invest up to £15 million in highly innovative projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. This should be with a view to commercialisation and economic impact.

Projects should aim to lead to new products, processes or services (or novel use of existing ones) believed to be significantly ahead of anything similar available in the field. You can view Innovate UK videos and success stories to help in your application.
Your project’s total costs should be between £25,000 and £1 million depending on the type of research and development (R&D) to be undertaken. Project duration should be a minimum of 6 months, and a maximum of 3 years.https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/120/overview
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Grant Government SchemeAPC9 Anchoring Low Carbon Technology The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) is to invest in a limited number of collaborative research and development (R&D) pre-production match funded projects. Technologies must be based around one or more of the Auto Council’s 4 strategic technologies:

•electric machines and power electronics
•energy storage and energy development
•lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
•thermal propulsion

These projects are required to:

•deliver significant reductions in vehicle CO2 emissions and improvements in air quality etc...
£30million pot for collaborative, match-funded projects. https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/97/overview
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Financing The Business Finance GuideBusiness Finance JourneyShows organisations available funding options based on business stage and investment plans - Backed by the British Business Bank and GovernmentVarieshttps://thebusinessfinanceguide.co.uk/
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FinancingStart-up Loans Start-up Loans CompanyGovernment-backed personal loan for business up to 2-years old - can be used to start a business or develop an existing early stage business.£25,000 to £100,000https://www.startuploans.co.uk/what-is-a-start-up-loan/
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SupportUniversity of leeds (with InnovateUK)Knowledge Transfer PartnershipKnowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) provides a cost-effective way for businesses to work collaboratively with the University of Leeds, in order to bring new knowledge and expertise into the organisation. This may be in the area of low-carbon.Innovate UK can provide a 67% grant (50% for large companies), SME 33% contribution £25-30K per annum towards the cost of the project.https://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/3000/working_with_business/178/knowledge_transfer_partnerships
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Grant InnovateUKIndustrial Strategy Challenge FundProvides grant funding for core areas within industry - phase 2 (TBA March 2018) will focus on Clean Growth.TBAhttps://www.gov.uk/government/collections/industrial-strategy-challenge-fund-joint-research-and-innovation
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Grant InnovateUKInnovation CompetitionsThe innovation competitions are based around four different themes and one open 'competition':

1. Emerging & Enabling Technologies / 2. Innovation in Health & Life Sciences / 3. Innovation in Infrastructure Systems / 4. Manufacturing & Materials – focus on manufacturing systems or materials development / 5. ‘Open’ funding competition

The Innovate UK webpage is used to annouce funding competitions from government and other agencies.
25-70% grant dependent on organisation size, project and stage of project.https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/search
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FinancingInnovateUKInnovation LoansPilot programme until 2019 providing loans for research and development whether that is new or improved products, processess or services. Loans can be used for production, development or R&D.

Priority areas for funding include smart infrastructure, urban living, energy supply and systems connected transport.
£100K to £1 million, to cover up to 100% of eligible costs, interest rate currently 3.7% over a loan period of 10 years.https://www.gov.uk/guidance/innovation-loans-what-they-are-and-how-to-apply
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Grant BEISEnergy Entrepenuers FundThe fund is a competitive funding scheme aiming to support the development of technologies, products and processes in energy efficiency, power generation and storage.25-80% grant funding (depending on business size/type of funding), up to £800K - 1 to 2 calls announced per yearhttps://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/651208/EEF_Phase_6_Draft_Guidance_notes_11_Oct_17.pdf
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Grant Carbon TrustIndustrial Energy Efficency AcceleratorA £9.2m scheme designed to help strengthen the competitiveness of British Industry. The Accelerator targets innovations that can have the largest cross-sectoral impact on energy and carbon reduction. The funding is to primarly go-towards developing demonstration projects.40-60% of project costs with IEEA contributions between £150-750K expected per project.

The fund is open to all manufacturing sectors, technology developers, equipment suppliers, universities and research institutes.

The competition is open from October 2017 to September 2018 (or until the funding is exhausted).
https://www.carbontrust.com/client-services/programmes/industrial-energy-efficiency-accelerator/
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Grant Climate-KICClimate-KIC AcceleratorTo provide experts, formulate business plans, develop entrepreneurial skills & provide funding. 3 start-up stages: fundamentals €20k, validation €25k, delivery €50K.Up to 95K – Euros (no match funding required).
Sectors are varied but the start-up needs to have a ‘breakthrough idea related to new technology with a substantial climate impact’.
Rolling fund with biennial deadlines.
For start-ups with potential for products or services to be delivered to the first client in about 12-18 months.
Unavailable
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Grant European Institute of Innovation and TechnologyKIC InnoEnergy
Funding to develop projects fitting into one of the following fields: Energy Storage, Energy Efficiency, Energy for Chemical Fuels, Smart & Efficient Buildings & Cities, Smart Electric Grid, Renewable Energies, Sustainable Nuclear & Renewable Convergence, Clean Coal & Gas Technologies.

Funding provided is designed to go-towards providing new products, solutions and services within the energy sector.

Value vaires but the scheme is currently closed. You can register on the Innoenergy website for updates.
http://www.innoenergy.com/
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Grant EUHorizon 2020Horizon 2020 has several calls for funding for different fields and solutions, and can provide EU funding for your research or innovation project.Varies depending on cal.https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/horizon-2020-business-grants-uk
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Grant European Agricultural Fund for
Rural Development (EAFRD), managed by the Rural payments Agency (RPA)
RDPE Growth ProgrammeGrant funding aimed at helping rural businesses grow.
There are 3 grants available to apply for:
- Business development – capital funds for new/improved buildings and new equipment/machinery.
Min £35k to £170,000k
For rural micro and small businesses (less than 50 staff)
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/662995/Business_Development_Handbook_v2.pdf
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Grant ShellSmarter Future ProgrammeEach month Shell awards a £5k grand to entrepenures looking to implement solutions that meet the energy and resource needs of the plantets growing population.£5,000.00 grant (for businesses trading for less than 12-monthshttp://www.shell-livewire.org/award/121/smarter-future-awards
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Grant Sustainable Business Partnership CICUtilise Plus ProgrammeThe UTILISE PLUS PROGRAMME offers a range of services: grant funding, events, workshops and fully-funded energy audits, for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) throughout England. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), supported by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, and delivered by the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC.GRANTS
Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to cover up to one-third of the cost of best practice energy efficiency projects.

ENERGY AUDITS
An analysis of energy consumption, which can include a robust audit of the premises. This identifies measures to reduce energy use, costs and carbon emissions.

ENERGY SAVING WORKSHOPS
These half-day, practical sessions explore both quick-win and longer term energy efficiency measures.
http://sustainablebusiness.org.uk/utilise-plus-programme/
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FinancingLeeds LEPLEP LoansOffer loans of between £500,000 and £1 million for businesses based or investing in the Leeds City Region, to support capital projects, focusing particularly on infrastructure.

Can be used by companies to acquire or upgrade physical assets such as property, industrial buildings or equipment.

These loans are designed for projects that are ready to proceed but have been delayed, and now need support to kick-start the development.
£500,000 to £1m - Need to be able to provide £3 of private funding for every £1 of LEP funding provided.http://www.the-lep.com/for-business/business-finance/lep-loans/
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FinancingThe Key FundKey FundThe Key Fund is a social enterprise providing tailored loan investments of up to £150,000 to businesses with a social or environmental mission, throughout the North of England.

The Key Fund offers loans from £5000 – £150,000 for:
•capital expenditure on assets including the purchasing and renovation of buildings
•cash flow and working capital to manage time differences between spending and receiving money
•development capital to help social businesses grow or replicate
£5000 – £150,000 http://thekeyfund.co.uk/
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Financial IncentivesECA SchemeEnergy Technology List If you’re a business that pays income or corporation tax, you’ll be able to claim 100% first year capital allowance on a product if it’s on the ETL at the time of purchase. If it’s been taken off the list, or is added at a later date, you will not.Varieshttps://www.gov.uk/guidance/energy-technology-list
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Financial IncentivesOfgem
The Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive
The Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a govermental programme that provides financial incentives to increase the uptake of renewable heat by businesses, the public sector and not-for-profits.

Eligible installations receive quarterly payments over 20 years based on the amount of heat generated.
Varieshttps://www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/non-domestic-rhi
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Zero-Upfront CostMultiple Suppliers Third Party Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)Typical PPAs are arranged so that a renewables system is provided and installed (often at a low or zero cost) by the provider in return for a guarantee that any electricity generated puchased from the provider at a pre-agreed cost. Such agreements can for several decades.

Contracts are typically arranged so that you do not pay more than what you would from a traditional electricity supplier.

PPAs can also be used to sell excess electricity generated from renewable installations to larger providers.
Varies - be careful to check contractual terms. Examples: https://www.edfenergy.com/large-business/sell-energy/power-purchase-agreements

Several providers can be found on the internet for Renewable PPA Providers in Leeds.
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FinancingMutliple PlatformsCrowd-FundingCrowd-funding involes raising project financing by raising a small amount of money from many different people usually through the internet.

See the examples for platforms which offer this service.
Varies https://www.crowdcube.com/
https://www.seedrs.com/
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Financial IncentivesOfgemFeed-in Tariff (FiT)The Feed-in Tariff scheme promotes the installation of small-scale renewable and low-carbon electricity generation technologies.

FiT payments are paid quarterly for electricity generated and exported. Payments are based made on meter readings submitted to your electricity supplier.
Varies depending on projecthttps://www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/fit/about-fit-scheme
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