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How Cambridge businesses can apply for green grants up to £10,000 to reduce energy use or improve productivity

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Cambridge businesses can apply now for grants of up to £10,000 grants to help reduce their energy consumption, save money and improve their productivity.

The Cambridge Green Business Grants scheme, launched by the city council, can be used for improvements such as better insulation, energy management systems, solar photovoltaic panels, low‑energy lighting and water-saving measures.

The grant could be used to install solar panels
The grant could be used to install solar panels

No match-funding is required to apply, although businesses could choose to use their own funds to top up the grants for larger carbon-saving projects.

To be eligible, companies must by base in commercial premises in the city that are registered for business rates.

The application deadline is March 11, 2022, but may close earlier once the full funding has been awarded, so businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be assessed as they are received and grants will be paid by March 31.

Recipients will need to complete the improvements within the following year.

Managed for the council by Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce and social and environmental business support specialist Allia, the scheme follows the city council’s adoption last year of a new climate change strategy, which sets a target for it to reach net zero carbon from direct emissions by 2030.

Vic Annells, chief executive of Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, said: “If your business is planning a project to reduce carbon emissions and minimise waste, then we are here to help. You can save energy, save money and help save the planet by visiting our Cambridge Green Business Grants web pages.”

Cllr Mike Davey, executive councillor for finance and resources, said: “We’re very pleased to have launched the Cambridge Green Business Grants scheme, and would urge all eligible businesses to take a look at what they do, and see how one of these grants could help them make improvements to reduce their carbon emissions.

“Local businesses of all sizes can play a huge part in helping the city reach our vision of becoming a net zero carbon place.”

To apply, visit greenbizgrantcam.co.uk.

The scheme is in addition to other government-funded support to help businesses bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic. The city council is currently making arrangements to administer the additional assistance announced before Christmas to help companies impacted by the Omicron variant. For details, visit cambridge.gov.uk/coronavirus-financial-support-for-businesses.

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