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Workplace Charging Scheme (for Applicants)

12 October 2018/Categories: Grants_and_Funding


Status: Open for Applications 

Funding body: Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV)

Maximum value: £ 10,000

Application deadline: None specified


The Workplace Charging Scheme is provided by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

Objectives of Fund

The aim of the scheme is to provide eligible applicants with voucher support towards the upfront costs of the purchase and installation of EV chargepoints.

Value Notes

The grant claimed on behalf of the applicant will be equal to 75% of the purchase and installation costs up to a maximum of £500 for each socket, up to a limit of 20 sockets per company and paid in arrears. This means that if the 75% of the purchase and installation costs is higher than £500 per socket, the voucher will be limited to a maximum of £500 per socket.

Who Can Apply

The scheme is open to organisations that fulfil all of the following criteria:

  • Are a registered business, charity, or public sector organisation (evidenced by a Companies House Reference, VAT Registration Number or HMRC Registration Letter).

  • Must be either:

    • a Public Authority – includes Government Departments and their agencies, the Armed Forces, Local Governments, the NHS and Emergency Services. In considering eligibility, OLEV will use the Public Authorities referenced in LGA Act 2003, Section 33, and the Freedom of Information Act, Schedule 1, parts 1-3;

    • Or if not one of the above must have received less than Euro 200,000 of public support in the last three fiscal years (previous two fiscal and current fiscal year), or which is currently pending before applying for the WCS and satisfy the eligibility criteria for de minimis aid.

  • Can declare a need for electric vehicle charging equipment or an intent to encourage uptake among their staff and/or fleet.

  • Are located in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

  • Has dedicated off-street parking for staff and/or fleets.

  • Own the property or have consent from the landlord for chargepoints to be installed at all the sites listed in the application.

Applicants that are part of a franchise are eligible for this grant. There is a maximum of 20 franchisees from each franchise that can apply. For applicants that are part owned by one or more organisations, part of a franchise, or formed of a number of subsidiaries, they must satisfy the eligibility criteria for de minimis aid and declare any partnerships or franchise arrangements in their application. Where considered necessary OLEV reserves the right to request further information or documentary evidence from relevant parties in support of any individual claim.

Applicants must maintain the chargepoint for a minimum of three years and ensure measures are in place to provide usage data to OLEV (in an anonymised form and in accordance to data protection legislation) to guide future policy development. If the chargepoint needs to be removed or taken out of commission within this three year period, OLEV must be informed with a brief explanation why.

All chargepoints will have a minimum three year warranty on parts and installation from the chargepoint manufacturer as part of the technical specifications for the scheme.

Applicants must retain all documentation pertaining to the installation, including installation and commissioning confirmations and certificates, invoices, declarations and signatures, and dates of installation for a minimum of three years. Applicants must be able to send this in electronic form to OLEV if requested.

OLEV will involve a third party organisation to audit claims to determine compliance with the scheme’s rules. This will require access to data, statements and records held by the applicant and/or chargepoint installer relating to the scheme. Occasionally, there may be an on-site visit which will require access to the chargepoint itself.

Terms and Conditions

Applicants should contact the provider direct to discuss any additional criteria that may apply.


The following sites are not eligible for the scheme:

  • Locations outside England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

  • Parking facilities that are part of a domestic property.

  • The site of installation is an address that has claimed previously under the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) or Domestic Recharging Scheme (DRS).

  • Parking facilities which are solely for customer use.

  • Parking facilities not designated to the applicant.

OLEV will not grant exceptions for locations that do not meet the eligibility criteria.

Eligible Expenditure

Costs associated with eligible projects.

How To Apply

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Applicants will apply to the scheme administrator (Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency – DVLA).

The voucher will be valid for four months (120 days) from the date of issue, (expiry date printed on the voucher). Once the chargepoint(s) have been installed, the authorised installer will claim the grant from OLEV on the applicant’s behalf by submitting a PDF claim form via OLEV’s portal.

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. Enquiries 
    Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) 
    Longview Road 
    SA6 7JL 
    Tel: 0300 083 0082 
    Email: [email protected]


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