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Carbon Trust Energy Efficiency Financing Scheme

The Carbon Trust and Siemens Financial Services have joined forces to launch the Energy Efficiency Financing Scheme. The scheme is designed to provide flexible financing options to all types of organisations seeking to lower their energy costs and make their operations more efficient.

Funder: Carbon Trust and Siemens

For more information please click here

Last updated: Jan 2013

Cumbria Woodlands Woodfuel Advisory Service

A free advisory service for businesses and residents in Cumbria who would like to investigate the use of wood as a fuel, for instance, woodburners, biomass systems. 

For more information please click here

 Last Updated: Jan 2103 


Rural Community Energy Fund

The fund will provide up to approximately £150,000 of funding for feasibility and pre-planning development work to help projects become investment ready. RCEF provides support in two stages: Stage 1 provides a grant of up to approximately £20,000 to pay for an initial investigation into the feasibility of a renewable energy project.Stage 2 provides an unsecured loan of up to approximately £130,000 to support planning applications and develop a robust business case to attract further investment.

Funder: WRAP

For more information please click here

Last updated : July 2013


EDF Green Energy Fund

Money raised through EDF's Green Tariff placed in the Green Fund and used to award grants to community, non-profit, charitable and educational organisations across the UK. Grants awarded to organisations who apply for funds to help cover the cost of renewable energy technology that can be used to produce green energy renewable sources.

Funder: Green Fund

For more information please click here

Last updated : Jan 2013


Rural Development Programme for England Energy Crop Schemes (ECS)

The Energy Crops Scheme offers grants to farmers in England for establishing miscanthus and short rotation coppice for their own energy use or to supply power stations.  The rate of grant paid is 50% of all eligible costs incurred.

Funder: Jointly funded by the UK and the EU through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

For more information please click here 

Last updated : Jan 2013


Feed In Tariff

Scheme to incentivise small scale (less than 5MW) low carbon electricity generation.  Scheme will allow many people to invest in small scale low carbon electricity, in return for a guaranteed payment for the electricity they generate and export.  Payments for energy generation and export are in addition to bill savings.

Funder: Government DECC

For more information please click here

Last Updated : Jan 2103


Renewable Heat Incentive - Domestic Tariff

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been up and running for the non-domestic sector since November 2011 and last week, the tariffs for domestic properties was announced. Designed to motivate uptake of renewable heat technologies in homes across Great Britain to cut carbon, help meet renewables targets and save money on bills, DECC say that householders could get paid hundreds of pounds, with tariff levels set at 7.3p/kWh for air source heat pumps; 12.2p per kWh for biomass boilers; 18.8p per kWh for ground source heat pumps and at least 19.2 p per kWh for solar thermal.

For eligibility and roll out, click here .  


Last updated: July 2013


RHI policy aims to revolutionise the way heat is generated and used in buildings and homes. This is the first financial support scheme for renewable heat of its kind in the world. The RHI will provide long-term financial support to renewable heat installations to encourage the uptake of renewable heat.

Funder: Government DECC

For more information please click here

Last Updated : Jan 213



Advanced Demand Side Management (ADSM) provides the AquaFund to support UK-based private and public sector organisations in establishing greater efficiencies in their water consumption and to help realise significant water savings.

Funder: ADSM

For more information please click here

Last Updated : Jan 2013



LEP launches Small Business Development Loan

 Small and medium sized businesses throughout Cumbria now have the opportunity to apply for funding through a new £1m initiative, aimed at unlocking capital investment and creating new jobs.

The funding is in the form of loans of up to £150,000, at only 1% interest, for capital projects to create new jobs. Applicants will need to demonstrate that the project for which funding is sought is viable, that it can create jobs and a sufficient return to repay the loan, and provide security against the value of the loan.

The initiative is one of a number of benefits being delivered through the Cumbria Infrastructure Fund, a £6.1m funding pool which grew out of the Government's Growing Places Fund to help support local economic growth by unlocking new infrastructure developments.

The first deadline for applications 21st January 2013, and then monthly.

This is a revolving fund, so once the development has been completed the original money is paid back so it can be used to support further developments.

Information on how to apply are available on the Cumbria LEP

Last Updated : Jan 2013

 Eden District Council Tourism Grant

Small marketing grants for new events and tourism related marketing projects for the Eden District. Requires details of a project outline, budget and a feedback report from supported events/projects.

Funder: Eden District Council

For more information please click here

Last Updated : Jan 2013


Cumbria Foundation Grants

Various grant programmes to enable small community groups to deliver projects.  Details of more than 40 grants available.

Funder: Cumbria Foundation

For more information please click here

Last Updated : Jan 2013

Cumbria Neighbourhood Forums

There are more than 60 forums running across Cumbria where local people and councillors meet to discuss the things that matter to them. Community and voluntary groups can also bid for a grant from their nearest forum to help pay for new equipment or events.

Funder: Various

For more information please click here        

Last Updated : Jan 2013


This list is not exhastive and is intended as a guide only. These grants, loans and incentives have been found through web based research by Nurture Lakeland. Whilst we will do our best to ensure this information is up-to-date, we cannot take responsibility for any information that is out of date. The web links provided should be used to access the most current information hosted by the funder.

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