Green BELLE supports SMEs in Leicester and Leicestershire to increase their energy efficiency, reduce their energy costs and lower their carbon emissions. Grants of £1,000 to £10,000 are available.
About Green BELLE
Green BELLE supports SMEs in Leicester and Leicestershire to increase their energy efficiency, reduce their energy costs and lower their carbon emissions. Grants of £1,000 to £10,000 are available to support the installation of low carbon and energy efficient technologies in local SMEs.
If you are applying for a Green BELLE grant, your proposed measures should reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency.
Potential eligible measures:
- Energy efficient heating systems and controls
- Low energy lighting and controls
- Renewable energy systems
- Innovative low carbon measures, such as heat recovery systems
“Participating SMEs will receive a site visit, carried out by a dedicated Project Officer. The visit will be used to discuss the best energy efficiency options for their premises.”
SMEs can apply for a grant of £1,000 to £10,000, at 50% of the total project cost. The remaining contribution is required as match funding from SME.
Alternatively, SMEs are able to apply for two day’s non-financial support instead of a grant. This support could include a thermal imaging survey, help to set up a staff behaviour change campaign or a more in-depth site survey. If you wish to access this support instead of a grant, please contact us directly.
Green BELLE is run by the Leicester Energy Agency, a team within Leicester City Council. The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Leicester City Council.
Green BELLE aims to:
- Support 250 businesses with a grant or two day’s support
- Achieve an annual decrease of greenhouse gas emissions of 1944 tCO2e
Below you can find a short summary of the Green BELLE grant process. Click on the boxes for more information.
- SME submits an Enquiry
An enquiry is the first step in applying for a grant. It will ask you for some basic details, and be followed up by a call from a Green BELLE Project Officer to arrange a site visit.
- Project Officer carries out site visit
The visit can be carried out at a time of your choosing, and will take between 30 minutes and 1 hour. It will assess the energy issues in your premises, and will be used to write a report and make recommendations for measures you may wish to apply for a grant to implement.
- SME submits an Expression of Interest, which is reviewed by Project Officer
The Expression of Interest will ask for details about your business, including an eligibility check. For more information on eligibility.
The Expression of Interest will also ask you to indicate the measure you are proposing to install using the grant.
- If Expression of Interest is approved, SME can submit a Full Application
The Full Application asks for more details about your business and the premises you are planning to install a measure in. You will need to supply three comparable quotations for each different measure you are applying for.
- Grant panel assesses the application; if successful a grant agreement is signed by SME and Leicester City Council
The panel will state which provider has been chosen to carry out the works. It is vital that you do not begin work until the agreement has been signed.
- SME organises the work with the provider
Once the Grant Agreement has been signed by both the SME and Leicester City Council, confirmation will be given to the SME that the works can begin. It is the responsibility of the SME to arrange with the chosen provider for the works to be carried out.
- On completion of installation, SME pays the providers invoice
It is the responsibility of the SME to check that the work has been carried out to a satisfactory standard before paying the providers invoice.
- Once SME submits the required evidence of installation, Leicester City Council pays the grant amount to SME
A Project Officer will inform the SME of the evidence required, including evidence of payment and confirmation that installation has been completed. Leicester City Council will pay the grant within 30 days after confirmation is received.