Businesses, charities, and community groups are being urged to apply for North Somerset Council's Net Zero Business Grants programme.

This funding opportunity aims to help organisations improve energy efficiency, reduce costs, and decrease their carbon footprint.

It is financed through the government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), awarding capital grants up to £30,000.

This opportunity is available to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), Community Interest Companies (CICs), and charities within North Somerset.

Since April 2023, six businesses have capitalised on grant funding, and there have been 29 completed or ongoing surveys outlining possible carbon saving initiatives.

These schemes have contributed to the effort towards reducing North Somerset's carbon emissions.

The Strawberry Line Café and Cycle Project, a not-for-profit vocational centre for young people with learning disabilities, was recognised for their achievement in using their grant funding to upgrade their electric hob to an induction hob.

It decreased electricity usage and associated scope 2 emissions, while promoting safety and efficiency in the kitchen.

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Sally Wilcock, a representative from The Strawberry Line Café, explained: "Having a cleaner, cooler and safer kitchen has impressed our staff team, in turn benefiting the young people who join us for learning placements.

"Our customer feedback has been very favourable too, with the air being clearer [in] the café."

There are a variety of approved projects, including the installation of LED lighting, solar panels, air source heat pumps, mechanical ventilation, and insulation.

In addition to helping businesses reduce operational costs and meet consumer demand for sustainability, these initiatives contribute to long-term environmental preservation for communities.

Councillor Annemieke Waite, North Somerset Council’s executive member for climate, waste and sustainability, said: "It’s excellent to see local businesses using our Net Zero Business Grants to help work towards reducing North Somerset’s carbon emissions".

Mark Canniford, the council's executive member for spatial planning, placemaking and economy, expressed hope that the success of local businesses would inspire more to apply in the second round of funding.

To apply for the capital grant, businesses must have a carbon survey with quantified saving recommendations and quotes for proposed energy efficiency works.

Completed applications are due by 12pm noon on Sunday, 30 June 2024.

North Somerset Council offers match funding up to 70 per cent, depending on the size of the business, the location and type of project.

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