The University of Derby is partnering with Derbyshire County Council to deliver a £2 million grant fund for businesses interested in developing and investing in green energy and carbon reduction schemes.

The scheme is open to small and medium sized businesses based in Derbyshire with up to 250 staff and micro-business with up to 10 staff.

Programme funds

Green Entrepreneurs demonstrator fund

£1.2 million set aside for a small number of high quality projects from entrepreneurs wanting to establish green, alternative energy or low carbon initiatives in Derbyshire to provide community heat and power schemes. The minimum grant available through this fund would be £100,000.

Green Entrepreneurs small grant fund

Grants of £10,000 to £20,000 for new and existing businesses with game changing proposals in alternative energy, clean fuel and carbon reduction. £500,000 will be made available through this fund.

Green Entrepreneurs scholarship fund

A training fund to support individuals to retrain with skills to enable them to enter the field of alternative energy. £100,000 will be made available through this fund.

The programme, which is being funded through Derbyshire County Council COVID recovery fund and is part of the COVID economic strategy and climate change commitments.

Grants will be awarded by the Green Entrepreneurs Programme board, which will include representatives from Derbyshire County Council and the University of Derby.

Expression of Interest forms will be available from 1 April 2021.

Download a copy of the GEP Eligibility Criteria and Application Rounds Timetable .

To register your interest visit University of Derby website.