NNDecarb business grant scheme

Apply for up to £5,000 of grant funding to support your business:

  • increase energy efficiency
  • move to a low carbon economy
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions

The grants covers up to 50% of the project costs for the installation of low carbon and energy efficient measures with the remaining amount to be match funded by the business.

Grants are paid in arrears - this means that the business needs to buy the equipment or complete the works in full, and then reclaim the grant from the council. Payments will be made when the project is completed with payments having been made by the business.

This grant has been funded by the Government's Shared Prosperity Fund.

Businesses must:

  • be in North Northamptonshire
  • be a small or medium sized (SME) with:
    • fewer than 250 employees
    • an annual turnover that does not exceed £50 million or annual balance sheet that does not exceed £43 million
    • no more than 25% owned by an enterprise that is not itself an SME
  • have been trading for more than 12 months
  • meet Minimum Financial Assistance requirements
  • pass credit checks and spotlight fraud checks
  • provide 3 quotes for items above £5,000

Publicly-funded organisations (such as local councils) are not eligible.

We can help fund:

  • lighting and lighting controls
  • heating and heating controls
  • insulation
  • energy efficient machinery and equipment (e.g. air compressors)
  • solar panels
  • heat pumps
  • biomass boilers
  • energy storage
  • building energy management systems

We can't help fund:

  • computers, laptops and tablets
  • transport related measures (e.g. electric cars and charging points)
  • repairs to existing equipment (e.g. boilers)
  • installation of smart meters
  • landlord obligations
  • costs that can be claimed back from elsewhere (e.g. VAT)
  • costs that are not auditable (e.g. cash payments unsupported by an approved financial system)
  • costs towards banking charges or repayment of debt
  • retrospective costs (e.g. activities already completed or costs incurred before the agreement of funding)

Refer to our UK Shared Prosperity Fund business grants privacy notice for further information about privacy.

The following conditions apply for successful applicants:

  • grant funding is paid in arrears, on receipt of a fully evidenced claim form, including copies of invoices, bank statements and evidence of completion of works and installation
  • your organisation will need to comply in accordance with the provisions of and principles of the Data Protection Act 2018
  • this grant is not transferable between projects or organisations
  • a grant is awarded based on information provided in the application. Should this information be found to be misleading, or the supported project is cancelled, the council will be entitled to be repaid the grant monies
  • it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they have all relevant consents and permissions in place (i.e. planning permission, DBS checks, and licenses). A grant award does not give permission to proceed with any work without the correct statutory authorisation
  • successful grants awarded must be spent by 31 December 2024 and must meet and comply with the grant arrangements
  • successful grants awarded must comply with appropriate monitoring systems, including a final report and any relevant documentation such as receipts
  • applications made for funding requests over £5,000 will be rejected
  • the applicant must commit to provide relevant energy bills for 12 months before and after installation
  • grants cannot contribute to projects that are already underway, any costs incurred before confirmation of the grant award are not eligible and will not be included. For the avoidance of doubt, retrospective project costs will not be eligible


We are more likely to support innovative plans that reduce carbon emissions, improve energy efficiency, and transition to renewable energy sources.

You need to include:

  • year-end accounts
  • copy of a completed business plan
  • at least one quotation for items or works

Once you have applied, we may ask for further information and supporting evidence.

The deadline for applications is Friday 16 August 2024 at 5pm.

This is a competitive grant competition. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding will be awarded.

UK Shared Prosperity Fund

These grants are funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, which provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025.

The fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.

Last updated 12 July 2024