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Make Your Business Resilient

Dumfries and Galloway Council is offering a grant of up to £3,000 to businesses and organisations to transition to Net Zero or to address Water Scarcity.

The fund will be open to applications until the 8th March 2024. Only one application per business will be eligible and only for one of the funding schemes (Net Zero or Water Scarcity). Completed applications will be processed on a first come, first served, basis until the fund is exhausted. You are required to be trading from a commercial premises registered with Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Non Domestic Rates (NDR) and as such, a copy of your NDR reference is to needed as part of your application. A Business Gateway adviser will be on hand to support you through the application process.

Net Zero

Only applications for EV chargers are being accepted under Net Zero until 8th March 24

Please note that support maybe available from Business Energy Scotland

This grant will help the organisation make progress towards Net Zero emissions.

Waste Minimisation, Recovery and Reprocessing such as :
• The installation of equipment to assist with recovery and reprocessing of waste streams eg cardboard recycling

Alternative Transport such as;
• EV charge points to promote the use of EV’s
• E-bikes for delivery of goods

For expert and impartial advice on Lighting, Solar PV and general Energy Efficiency is available from Free support · Business Energy Scotland

Business Energy Scotland provide loans up to £100,000 with possible 30% cashback, to finance larger installations of energy efficient systems, equipment or building fabric upgrades. Details can be found on this link SME Loan Scheme

Flood Resilience

Due to the high number of applications, we are no longer accepting submissions to Flood Resilience

This fund will help the organisation to make changes to enable faster recovery from being flooded. This fund will complement the Flood Product Subsidy Scheme which covers products to prevent ingress of water into the property.

Please note that the Flood Resilience Grant is only available for premises that have been flooded at least once in the last 5 years or twice in the last 10 years.

Water Scarcity

This fund is to help organisations that are served by a private water supply which is the main or sole supply of water for human consumption purposes and/or food production and which needs improvement to bring it up to standard.

Application Process

The application process is in 3 parts.

Part 1 is the UKSPF Grant Application Expression of Interest Form for your details and outline of the support you are applying for. This form is available to download here.

If approved, you will be required to complete

Part 2, Supporting Information Form for specific details on your request.

Part 3, which is assessment/award of funds.

Once it has been approved, the Council may assess your property and recommend specific changes in a Net Zero, Water Scarcity or Flood Resilience to improve your application.

You will then have 8 weeks to make a full application for the grant element by completing Part 3 of the process with all supporting evidence.

Important Information
• The money is given to you before you spend it.
• You must keep track of your spending and send receipts to the Council
• If your project requires planning permission, building warrants, or building standards approval this must be in place before a Completed Application can be submitted.
• Any building or electrical work must be done by a qualified tradesperson.
• The Flood Resilience grant cannot be used for flood protection items that could be purchased through the Flood Product Subsidy Scheme .
• You are responsible for any spending over £3,000.
• You can only apply for one of the fund schemes.(Net Zero or Flooding or Scarcity)
• The grants are not available for residential properties.
• The Council may use the organisations who receive the money as examples of Climate Change Resilience adaptations.

This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit the Government website.

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