Rural Energy Challenge Fund

About the fund

The CARES Rural Energy Challenge Fund (RECF) will focus on renewable and low carbon, whole system projects appropriate to rural enterprises. Such projects may include any aspect of heat, electricity, transport, energy management and ownership and any approaches that will further the local themes set out within Scotland’s Energy Strategy. The overall scheme budget for 2017 - 18 is £500,000.

Application timeline

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State aid

The Rural Energy Challenge Fund will provide grants through the following below vehicles. The state aid guidance for the Rural Energy Challenge Fund can be found here.

Agricultural Block Exemption Regulation

This scheme has been notified to the European Commission under its Agricultural Block Exemption Regulation (Commission Regulation {EU} No 702/2014), to ensure compliance with EU rules on State Aid. Full details of this regulation can be accessed here. The scheme number is SA.48822. 

In particular, awards will be made under Article 14. Any award made will comply with the terms of this Article and wider conditions of the Regulation.

General Block Exemption Regulation

The Challenge Fund has been notified to the European Commission under its General Block Exemption Regulation (Commission Regulation {EU} No 651/2014), to ensure compliance with EU rules on State Aid. Full details of this Regulation can be accessed here. The scheme number is SA.44639. 

Proposals which meet the criteria for funding through GBER will be awarded via this scheme. In particular, Aid will be granted using GBER Article 36. Any award will comply with the terms of the Article and wider conditions of the Regulation. 

Agricultural De Minimis

Rural Energy Challenge Fund may award grants under the Agricultural De Minimis Regulation (EU) 1408/2013.

The total amount of de minimis aid granted per Member State to a single undertaking shall not exceed EUR 15 000 over any period of 3 fiscal years.

Successful applicants will need to return a De Minimis declaration. The relevant regulation is the European Commission's De Minimis Regulation (Commission Regulation (EU) 1408/2013 of 18 December 2013 on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to De Minimis aid, OJ(L) 352/1). The State Aid is expressed in Euros and can be equated to Pounds Sterling by using the rates shown on the EU website here. Awards will be calculated using the exchange rate applicable on the date of granting. 

De Minimis

The Rural Energy Challenge Fund may award grants under De Minimis funding. The De Minimis exemption permits aid of up to EUR 200,000 to an individual recipient (from all sources) in any rolling three-year fiscal period as the applicant, it is your responsibility to ensure that any award that may be provided does not breach the EUR 200,000 ceiling.

Successful applicants will need to complete and return a De Minimis declaration.  The relevant regulation is the European Commission's De Minimis Regulation (Commission Regulation (EU) 1407/2013 of 18 December 2013 on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to De Minimis aid, OJ(L) 352/1). The State Aid is expressed in Euros and can be equated to Pounds Sterling by using the rates shown on the EU website here. Awards will be calculated using the exchange rate applicable on the date of granting. 

 

Firms in difficulty are excluded from the scope of these Regulations and are therefore not eligible to apply