Government Aid for Funding Projects


Salix Finance

Salix Finance Ltd provides five-year interest-free loans to the public sector in order to help improve their energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, as well as their energy costs. Salix is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for Education and the Welsh and Scottish Governments.

The business was established in 2004 as an independent, publicly funded company, dedicated to supplying the public sector with funding for their energy efficiency projects. For more information visit Salix Finance. Key criteria for eligibility:

  • The project must pay for itself from energy savings within a maximum 5 year period (projects exceeding this can be part funded)
  • The cost of CO2 must be less than £120 per tonne over the lifetime of the project

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Carbon Reduction Grant

Business Growth Hub is a community of specialists with a passion to help businesses across Greater Manchester to realise their ambitions. They support businesses at all stages of their growth with various services, including support which is mostly fully funded. The Carbon Reduction Grant is funded by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund. Key criteria for eligibility:

  • Must be in a Greater Manchester Local Authority
  • Less than 250 full time equivalent employees, i.e. 36 hours per week
  • Less than €50mil turnover, or balance sheet less than €43 million

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The Green Business Fund

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund is the new energy efficiency scheme for small to medium sized businesses in England, Wales and Scotland. The scheme provides energy assessments, training workshops, equipment procurement support and a financial contribution of up to £5,000 towards your energy saving lighting system. Key criteria for eligibility:

  • Your business should be a small to medium sized enterprise
  • Your business should be based in England, Scotland or Wales.

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The Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme

The Energy Technology List (ETL), is a government list of nearly 17,000 energy saving products, designed to encourage businesses to invest in energy saving equipment. Companies that purchase products listed on the ETL can claim up to a 100% Enhanced Capital Allowance (tax relief). The Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme allows businesses to write off the whole cost of the equipment against taxable profits in the year of purchase. Key criteria for eligibility:

  • Products must be listed in the Energy Technology List

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