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Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE)

LoCASE is a consistent, accessible support programme that helps businesses work in ways that are environmentally-friendly, with low carbon emissions, and making the best use of resources.

The LoCASE project will improve business resilience, profitability and competitiveness, whilst contributing to the protection and preservation of the environment. It will do this by:

  • providing business support to 1,050 small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • cutting emissions by 6,510 tonnes of carbon dioxide
  • supporting 67 new businesses
  • introducing 80 new products
  • enabling knowledge transfer with 47 businesses
  • creating 270 jobs in the low carbon and environmental goods and services (LCEGS) sector

The offer

The LoCASE project can provide match-funded grants of up to £10,000 to:

  • help cover the cost of energy efficiency measures for any small or medium-sized business
  • enable businesses in the low carbon sector to expand and develop

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available to spend on parts and installation costs for items including:

  • light-emitting diode (LED) lighting and controls
  • energy-efficient motors, drives and air compressors
  • heat exchangers
  • building improvements

If your business offers low carbon goods or services, grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available to be spent on:

  • purchasing equipment and machinery
  • research and development
  • marketing and website development
  • business development consultancy

Eligible area

Businesses in the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) region can apply for support from the LoCASE project. This includes:

  • Basildon
  • Thurrock
  • Southend
  • Essex
  • Kent and Medway
  • East Sussex

Who can apply

To be eligible for a grant, businesses must:

  • be considered an SME - employ fewer than 250 people, and have an annual turnover not exceeding €50 million or a balance sheet not exceeding €43 million
  • spend the full value of the LoCASE grant on a project taking place within the SELEP area
  • secure 60% of the costs of the project in cash from private sector sources before the LoCASE grant agreement is concluded
  • not be engaged in a restricted sector according to the state aid regulations and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) requirements - details covered in our eligibility test
  • not have already exceeded the de minimis state aid limit - €200,000 over 3 years - nor be in a position where the de minimis State Aid limit would be exceeded were the application to be approved

If you are interested

If you are interested in participating in the LoCASE programme, please contact us, see contact details below.

Would you like to know more? - Request a callback from Basildon Council's Economic Development Team or contact us, see details below.

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