LoCASE Grants

The Low Carbon Across the South and East (LoCASE) programme provides businesses with a grant (that doesn’t have to be paid back) of up to £10,000.

LoCASE is delivered for Clean Growth UK members in Sussex through our South East Hub, the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, you must:

  • Employ 250 employees or fewer
  • Have an annual turnover of £44M or less and an annual balance sheet of £38M or less
  • If another firm owns more than a quarter of your company, they must meet the above criteria too

For environmentally-focused businesses

If your business offers low carbon (or “green”) products or services you can apply for a LoCASE Business Development Grant. This includes businesses supporting their customers to decarbonise the energy system, improve energy or resource efficiency, and those helping to preserve or enhance the natural environment.

We’ve helped a wide range of businesses get grants, including those supplying renewable energy, energy storage and energy efficiency products, manufacturers, green architects and builders, recycling and re-use businesses, environmental advisors and consultants, and many more.

For other types of business

You can still apply for a LoCASE Energy Efficiency grant, for projects such as LED lighting, insulation, heating or machinery upgrades, or renewable energy systems. Please note that grants over £5,000 will need to deliver more significant results than lower value projects.


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What can I buy?

The grant can cover 40% of expenditure towards your business growth, up to £10,000

 

Any type of business
  • Energy efficiency and other environmental improvements
  • Used electric vehicles
  • Projects that reduce waste materials or water
  • Renewables for energy/heat generation

 

Environmentally-focused businesses
  • Plant, equipment & machinery
  • Materials and equipment for research and development
  • Facilities hire e.g. specialist lab facilities for testing
  • Product development and research
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Website development costs
  • IT software
  • Certification and accreditation
  • Used electric vehicles
  • Energy efficiency and other environmental improvements

 

How do I apply?

Applying for LoCASE money is simple…

 

1.Contact us to discuss your plans and what you’d like to buy.

 

2. We’ll help you complete the forms. You need to get two quotes for each item on your list, to ensure value for money.

 

3. Once your application is approved, you order and pay for each item.

 

4. You submit proof of all your purchases, and the grant is paid, usually within 30 days.

Contact us using the form at the bottom of this page to get the ball rolling.

Case Studies

Developing a new product

Akro Valve Ltd supply flow control valves and water distribution systems that deliver precise units of flow.

“LoCASE grant funding enabled the development of a new product that prevents water wastage, as it can’t be left turned on and is ideal for wider distribution overseas as well as in the UK market.

The funding and the advice we received, enabled us to bring an innovative new product to market and improve our processes and resource efficiency.”

Scaling up the business

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Reef Environmental specialise in confidential waste disposal, confidential paper shredding, recycling and trade waste removal. 

“We received a grant which was used to contribute towards the cost of new shredding and baling equipment. This helped us widen our capabilities and acquire new contracts which in turn meant that we could employ more staff. 

After going through a rigorous process, we were successful in getting a grant and we now have our new equipment and have just recruited our second employee as a result of this.” 

Check out our latest LoCASE grant clinic session video which ran in January

Get the ball rolling

By submitting an enquiry your data will be added to our Clean Growth UK CRM system and will be stored and processed in line with the University’s privacy policy, see here.  If you haven’t signed up to Clean Growth UK we will retain this specific enquiry data for two years from the last point of activity with us, after which point it will be deleted.

However, don’t miss out on your chance to join the Clean Growth UK and become part of a thriving national business network, access innovation and growth support and hear the latest clean and green business news and opportunities. Join here.

About LoCASE

The Low Carbon Across the South and East Programme is a partnership between Kent County Council, East Sussex County Council, Essex County Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Thurrock Council, University of Brighton, West Sussex County Council, Surrey County Council, Rushmoor Borough Council, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Test valley Borough Council, Winchester City Council, Isle of Wight Council, Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council, and the University of Portsmouth.

Visit www.locase.co.uk for more information.