Other Funding Options

In addition to the Local Energy Challenge Fund there are a number of other funding opportunities and resources available to assist with the development of low carbon energy projects.

The District Heating Loan Fund- helps to address the financial and technical barriers to district heating projects in Scotland as commercial borrowing can be extremely expensive and difficult to obtain. Details of how to apply can be found at http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/district-heating-loan

The SME Loan Scheme- aims to support businesses that are looking to reduce costs through improved energy, material resource and water efficiency. Details of how to apply can be found at http://www.resourceefficientscotland.com/sme-loans-scheme

The Community and Renewable Energy Scheme- a range of grants and loans are available to support community and rural business with renewable energy projects. Details of how to apply can be found at /funding-resources/funding/applying-to-cares/

Innovate UK (previously Technology Strategy Board) funding- funds, supports and connects innovative businesses to accelerate sustainable economic growth. Details of how to apply can be found at http://interact.innovateuk.org/

SMART:SCOTLAND- provides grants to Small and Medium sized enterprises (SME's) based in Scotland. The grant helps you to undertake technical feasibility studies and research and development (R&D) projects that have a commercial end point. Details of how to apply can be found at http://www.scottish-enterprise.com/services/develop-new-products-and-services/smart-scotland/overview

Scottish European Green Energy Centre (SEGEC)- helps Scottish organisations to secure funding from the EU for low carbon energy projects in Scotland. European funding is complex and SEGEC look for new market opportunities and research the best way to access it, saving you time and resource in what can be an elaborate project proposal and bid process. http://www.scottish-enterprise.com/services/develop-new-products-and-services/segec/eu-funding-calls