Funding Opportunities

A range of funding schemes can help businesses cut energy use.

Not sure where to start? For advice on funding a specific project idea, email or call 01473 260710.

Loans and Finance

Carbon Trust & Siemens Efficiency Loans - help businesses cut their energy costs. To be eligible for a loan you must have been trading for over 3 years.

Low Carbon Innovation Fund (Smaller investment Scheme) - Early-stage loans or equity investments of £25-£75k to SMEs, supporting innovative low-carbon products or processes. LCIF Case Study.

On-Farm AD Loan Fund  - Loans of up to £400,000 or 50% for farms with access to manures or slurries looking to build Anaerobic Digestion power plants.  Expected to reopen to new applications soon.

Suffolk County Council’s Renewable Energy Fund - Provides the capital cost required for businesses to install solar panels on their roof. The electricity generated is sold back to the business at a reduced cost, offering all the benefits of solar but without the upfront cost.

Suffolk Carbon Reduction Loan - 0% Loan of up to £5,000 for measures that deliver clear carbon reductions. Loans approved on a 1st come 1st served basis.

West Suffolk Solar for Business  Generate electricity on your roof and cut your energy bills at no cost or hassle to you.  100% of the electricity generated is available to you at a discounted tariff cheaper than your current supplier.



Find out about the latest external grants for private sector companies for energy and environmental activities in Suffolk. 

BEE Anglia - Up to £5,000 (or possible £10,000 in exceptional circumstances) for SMEs across Suffolk and Norfolk to install energy efficiency measures. Call 01473 350 370 to discuss requirements.

eCargo Bike Grant Fund - Dept. of Transport grant allowing businesses to get up to 20% or £1000 towards an electric delivery bike.  Up to 50 bikes per business.

The KEEP+ Programmecan provide a range of match funded grants to assist the development of your innovative new product or service. 

Energy Entrepreneur Fund - A total of £10 million available for allocation to support UK businesses operating in the green energy sector to propose low carbon ideas for the future.

West Suffolk Greener Business Grant - Up to £1,000 (50%) for West Suffolk businesses for work such as insulation, replacing heating controls and lighting or installing more energy efficient alternatives to existing equipment. Download the West Suffolk Greener Business Grant Application Form.

Carbon Trust Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) Scheme 100% tax relief for the first year on certain energy saving technologies.

Travel Plan Grant - Up to £1000 match funded grant that encourages local businesses to invest in sustainable travel projects.

Shell Springboard - Annual competition, 6 grants of £40,000 for innovative and commercial low carbon business ideas from SMEs.  2019 applications open in Autumn 2018.

The Renewable Heat Incentive - Payments for renewable heating systems including biomass, heat pumps, solar thermal and biomethane.

Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Global competition offering €500,000 to develop inventions that combat CO2 emissions.

RHI Training - Currently closed - Financial support for existing plumbing & heating engineers and apprentices to train in renewable heating technologies.



Barclay Bank Green Trade Loan - Funding to meet your environmental goals.

NatWest Sustainable Energy Financing - Supporting the transition to a green economy

Lloyds Bank have also announced a £2Bn Green Business Lending drive - More details coming soon.


General Business Funding (not specifically environmental)

Invest East - A free, invester-led programme to support Norfolk and Suffolk businesses to understand and prepare to raise equity and other forms of finance

Growing Business Fund - grants of up to 20%, between £5,000 and £100,000 for business growth associated with job creation.

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development - grants of 40%, £35-140,000, for rural micro and small businesses to diversify or grow.

Finance schemes to support entrepreneurs - List of government schemes to support enterprise and SMEs.

Transforming Suffolk Loan Fund - low interest loans of £5,000-£50,000 for social enterprises or charities. 


Other Funding Search Tools

There is no 100% complete & reliable listing for green funding, so if you have a specific idea for a project it's worth checking a number of places.
We've listed the ones we think are most relevant above, but there are a lot more to be found at:

New Anglia Growth Hub - your local 1-stop-shop for all business support, including funding and finance.

Business Finance & Support Finder - a government website listing available grants and support.

GRANTfinder - A solution aimed at local government. 




Information accurate as of October 2020