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Green entrepreneurs fund

We’re launching a £2 million grant fund for businesses interested in developing and investing in green energy and carbon reduction schemes.

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The scheme is open to small and medium sized businesses based in Derbyshire with up to 250 staff and micro-business with up to 10 staff.

Scheme funds

Green entrepreneurs demonstrator fund

£1.2 million set aside for a small number of high quality projects from entrepreneurs wanting to establish green, alternative energy or low carbon initiatives in Derbyshire to provide community heat and power schemes. The minimum grant available through this fund would be £100,000.

Green entrepreneurs small grant fund

Grants of £10,000 to £20,000 for new and existing businesses with game changing proposals in alternative energy, clean fuel and carbon reduction. £500,000 will be made available through this fund.

Green entrepreneurs scholarship fund

A training fund to support individuals to retrain with skills to enable them to enter the field of alternative energy. £100,000 will be made available through this fund.

The programme, which is being funded through our COVID recovery fund, is being set up in collaboration with the University of Derby as part of our COVID economic strategy and climate change commitments.

Grants will be awarded by the green entrepreneurs fund programme board, which will include representatives from ourselves and the University of Derby. Decisions will be based on the recommendation of assessing officers.

Find out more about the eligibility criteria for the grants, and the timescales for applications in the documents attached to this page.

Expressions of interest

Small Grant Fund and Demonstrator Fund expressions of interest forms are attached to this page.

See our carbon savings examples to help you complete you expression of interest.