MID Devon District Council is giving away cash to businesses in a new green-focused grant scheme. 

It is offering capital grants of up to 50 per cent of the cost of investments that shrink a business’s annual carbon footprint. 

Small and medium-sized businesses with plans to reduce their carbon output can get between £500 and £5,000. 

Eligible projects should deliver savings on carbon or greenhouse gas emissions either directly or from saving energy, water or other resources or materials. 

Examples include energy-efficient lighting, thermal insulation, high-efficiency tools, low-energy refrigerated storage and more. 

The council will accept applications for projects up to £25,000, and they should be “fast to deliver and ready to go”. 

Cllr Natasha Bradshaw (Lib Dem, Upper Culm), Cabinet Member for Climate Change, said: “We know that Mid Devon businesses want to take positive action on climate change, this grant scheme supports them in achieving this.” 

Cllr Steve Keable (Lib Dem, Taw Vale), Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration, added: “Reducing carbon emissions is good for the planet and for business.  

“Through this scheme we will demonstrate that small changes really do lead to big impacts in terms of reducing a business’s carbon footprint.” 

Applications for the green enterprise grants are open until midday on Monday, June 10. 

The council is encouraging businesses to fill in and submit applications as soon as possible. 

You can find out more and apply on Mid Devon District Council’s website here: https://www.middevon.gov.uk/business/business-grants-and-financial-support/green-enterprise-grants-now-open/