Kent County Council has announced the launch of a new three year EU funded programme called ‘Low Carbon Across the South East’ (LoCASE).

The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2017 – 2020 and has over £18.5 million available to provide support to businesses in a number of ways:

Two types of grant funding are available (up to a maximum of £10k) to improve business performance in terms of competitiveness, profitability and resilience, as well as contributing to the protection and preservation of the environment. The grant funding would form 40% of the cost of an eligible project, while the remaining 60% is matched by the business. The two grant categories are;

1. Any business can qualify to use this money toward having energy efficiency measures installed for their business, including both the cost of materials and installation.
2. For low carbon businesses offering goods or services, a business development grant is available to claim against eligible costs such as marketing, consultancy, equipment, IT software, licences, training and certification.

In both cases, money cannot be allocated retrospectively.

The LoCASE project is being delivered by Kent County Council in partnership with Essex County Council, Southend-On-Sea Borough Council, Thurrock Council, East Sussex County Council and the University of Brighton.

To be eligible for support, you simply have to meet the definition of an SME and have your business located in one of the following areas: Kent and Medway, Essex, Thurrock, Southend and/or East Sussex.

Follow this link to apply for LoCASE funding: http://www.kentandmedwaygrowthhub.org.uk/grants-finance/