Find out about the Low Carbon Across the South and East (LoCASE) programme supporting businesses to make the transition to a low carbon economy.

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Growth and improve energy efficiency

The programme will help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) grow and improve their energy efficiency through funding and business support.

Environmentally-focused businesses will soon be able to apply for a LoCASE Business Growth and Innovation Grant of up to £10,000.

These grants can be used for a range of business development projects, including:

  • equipment and machinery
  • product development
  • marketing
  • IT
  • consultancy
  • certification and accreditation
  • energy efficiency.

Other types of business in industries not typically considered ‘green’ will be able to apply for an Energy/Resource Efficiency grant of up to £10,000.

These grants are designed for projects that help reduce their carbon footprint and operating costs. They can cover items such as:

  • LED lighting
  • insulation
  • heating or machinery upgrades
  • renewable energy systems
  • waste reduction.

Note that grant requests over £5,000 will need to demonstrate that they deliver more significant results than lower value projects.

Both types of grant cover 40% of the project’s expenditure. For example, if an energy efficiency project totals £10,000, the grant will cover £4,000 of costs – the business will only pay £6,000.

LoCASE is to be delivered locally by the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform.

To find out more about LoCASE and the regular programme of business events, or to register early interest in the programme, visit the Green Growth Platform’s LoCASE webpages.

LoCASE is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. WSCC has contributed match funding and are Strategic Partner.