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Small and medium businesses can reduce their carbon footprint with a Clean Growth Grant

Published Monday 15 November, 2021
Last updated on Monday 15 November, 2021

Small and medium sized businesses can get help to cut costs and support growth with a new grant scheme launched by the council.

The Clean Growth Grant scheme was launched by Swale Borough Council at an event where local businesses found out how the scheme will support small and medium sized businesses to reduce their Carbon footprint as they recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

The measures which the grant might support are oriented towards environmental sustainability, and for example include:

  • adaptations and improvements to commercial premises that reduce energy consumption
  • energy efficiency
  • renewable energy generation
  • investment that encourages walking, cycling or the use of electric vehicles
  • investment in biodiversity and nature-based solutions
  • climate change adaptation

Cllr Monique Bonney, cabinet member for economy and property at the council, said:

“Many local businesses have struggled through the pandemic, with lockdowns and restrictions affecting their bottom line.

“We want to support those who often miss out on larger-scale Government support – the smaller and medium sized firms – by offering these grants to help them reduce their costs in a sustainable way, or invest in improvements to support their workforce, and the wider community.”

Cllr Tim Valentine, cabinet member for climate and ecological emergency at the council, said:

“We have very ambitious targets to reduce our emissions over the next few years, and local businesses are a key part of us reaching this.

“There’s the obvious advantages of reducing costs by increasing energy efficiency, and switching to renewables we all know about, but these smaller firms may need some help with upfront costs.

“But there are also the benefits of things like encouraging cycling and walking, reducing traffic and pollution and improving the health of the workforce, which will bring additional benefits to businesses.”

This grant scheme is open to all small and medium sized businesses and local not for profit organisations based in Swale that meet certain criteria.

More information, including how to apply, is available at www.swale.gov.uk/cgg.