As CREST, we are unable to provide funding to businesses in the region. However, our team are experienced in writing funding applications to a variety of different providers. The list below is a summary of some of the current funding opportunities available. Click on the links or get in touch if you would like more information.
The Shropshire Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly regularly publish funding updates, focusing specifically on small pots of funding.
The Marches LEP Government Funding Tracker is an interactive service to help keep the region informed of latest Government funding announcements.
It brings together details of funding announcements from across the whole of the UK Government in a simple-to-use new service and will help both businesses and stakeholders keep right up to date about important opportunities for the region.
- Round 5 of the Faraday Battery Challenge Innovation call is now open with two strands available to access; Feasibility Studies and Commercial research and Development. Closes 17th August 2022.
- The Nature-based Solutions for Climate programme offers one off grants available to partnership-led projects which achieve habitat creation and restoration at the landscape scale; at least 500 hectares in size. Closes 29th August 2022.
- The EIT Circular Economy Community has launched the Circular Economy Prize targeted at start-ups and SMEs with an innovation service, technology, or product around a circular economy. It offers the chance to showcase your idea to an expert panel, secure the award prize and be part of the European innovation community. Closes 31st August 2022.
- The Telford and Wrekin Climate Change Fund is now open. Community organisations can apply for a minimum of £1,500 and a maximum grant of £10k with the applicant contributing 20% match funding in cash or in kind. Small businesses can apply for a maximum grant of £10k with the applicant contributing 50% match funding in cash. Closes noon, 9th September 2022.
- Phase 4 of the BEIS Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator offers between £150k and £1m to fund demonstration projects of technologies that could reduce energy consumption, maximise resource efficiency and cut carbon emissions in industry. Closes 19th September 2022.
- Round 12 of the Heat Networks Delivery Unit is now open. Local authorities, Registered Social Landlords, property developers, universities, NHS Trusts and other government departments can apply for the funding of techno-economic feasibility studies and detailed project development support. Closes 30th December 2022.
- The Boiler Upgrade Scheme is available to owners of small commercial properties, who could be eligible for grants to install low carbon heating systems. Grants of £5,000 towards the cost of air source heat pumps and biomass boilers are available, while grants of £6,000 are available to help with the cost of ground source heat pumps. Installers will apply for the grant on your behalf. Closes 2025.
- HSBC UK has announced the launch of a £500 million Green SME Fund as part of its commitment to support businesses of all sizes to transition and thrive in a low carbon economy. Ongoing.
- The Severn Trent Community Fund is open to support community groups making a difference and helping with the Covid-19 recovery. Ongoing.
- The Rural Community Energy Fund – a £10 million programme which supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects. Ongoing.
- Eco Fund from DPD – all applications needing to be of a green, ecological or sustainability nature, with the project benefiting the environment. Anyone can apply but they encourage community groups, educational facilities and start-up companies. Ongoing.
Current Funding Opportunities – Charities / NFP
- Severn Trent Community Fund -Giving away £10 million over the next five years to support local projects, charities and community groups in the Severn Trent region – helping to make a real and tangible difference in our communities. Closes 2025.
- The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund – Wave 2 is likely to open in late August. Local authorities, combined authorities and registered providers of social housing can apply to upgrade housing stock currently below EPC C up to that standard.