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To support our businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis, and into the recovery phase, Carlisle City Council is providing free access to Open 4 Business. Open4Business is designed to support businesses locate relevant up to date funding opportunities.

The portal is updated regularly with new local, regional and national funding announcements and can be easily searched by businesses on the basis of their industry, region and business size. The portal then provides information on how to apply for funding and contact funders directly. To search for grants for your business you will first need to register on the Open4Business website

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Grants and Funding News
07Feb

£320 Million Heat Networks Investment Project for England & Wales: Pre-applications Invited. Deadline for -applications is Wednesday 6 March 2019.

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Delivering on its commitment to tackle energy costs using innovative, low carbon solutions, the government has launched an initiative for homes and non-domestic consumers, including schools, hospitals and council buildings, to participate in a new heat networks scheme.

Heat networks supply energy from a central source to consumers, via a network of underground pipes carrying hot water. They can cover a large area or even an entire city, or be relatively local, supplying a small cluster of buildings. This avoids the need for individual boilers or electric heaters in every building.

The Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) is investing capital funding in heat networks, through grants and loans. This is provided as ‘gap funding’ to grow the UK heat networks market and deliver the carbon savings required to meet the nation's future carbon reduction commitments.

The programme has an overall investment pot of £320 million, to be awarded through grants of up to £5 million and corporate loans of between £25,000 and £10 million.

Investment costs eligible for support under the HNIP scheme include:

  • The building of new heat networks (generation, distribution and customer supply).

  • Development of existing heat networks including expansions, refurbishment or the interconnection of existing networks where additional carbon savings can be demonstrated (which can include refinancing or acquisitions).

  • Commercialisation phase and construction costs.

  • Works to access recoverable heat.

  • Costs for heat network infrastructure connected to the generation plant.

HNIP will offer grants and capital loans to both the public and private sectors in England and Wales, for networks serving two or more buildings. All HNIP funding mechanisms will be open to all applicant types - public, private and third sector, except central Government Departments. Supported heat networks must be located in England and/or Wales.

The first funding round is now open and the deadline for pre-applications is Wednesday 6 March 2019.

 

Useful documents & links

Scheme - Guidance Document

Useful Links


Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. General Enquiries
    Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
    1 Victoria Street
    London
    SW1H 0ET
    Email: [email protected]

 

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