Businesses in Somerset can apply for a carbon reduction grant of between £500 and £1,000 to help improve their carbon footprint. The grant is being made available by the five councils in Somerset as part of the Climate Emergency Strategy  Collectively, our businesses all contribute to Somerset’s carbon emissions, so every business can play a part in helping reduce our overall use of energy, reducing carbon emissions and the carbon footprint of Somerset.

To help meet our goals, we are asking businesses across Somerset to consider how they can reduce their use of energy. Some actions can easily produce results -for example, replacing conventional lighting with low energy lighting, while others require planning – like introducing a workforce car-share initiative. Some businesses may wish to implement a programme of actions to help reduce their carbon emissions.

To enable businesses to explore all the possibilities, we have produced a Carbon Audit Toolkit for Businesses which details websites that offer help and advice from a variety of agencies and sources.

Carbon Reduction for Business Grant Scheme

Grants of between £500 and £1000 are available to any Somerset businesses wishing to introduce and implement carbon reduction measures to their business. The grant must be ‘match funded’ by the business applying for the grant on a 50:50 basis.

Applications will be accepted until 30 September 2021, but the number of grants available under this scheme is limited and the scheme will cease when that limit is reached.

Who can apply

Grant applications are permitted from;

  • Small, medium and large business including unincorporated businesses – for example, partnerships, societies, clubs, sole traders
  • Any business based within the administrative county of Somerset can apply

Guidelines have been produced about who can apply for a grant, what sort of projects might qualify and what assistance can be applied for.

For more information and to apply, see the Carbon Reduction Business Grants page here.

(Deadline for grant applications is 30 September 2021 and projects must be completed by 31 December 2021)