Green Entrepreneurs Programme

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.

Expression of Interest submission deadline for the first round of the small grant fund is Monday 19 April at 5pm.

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 is part of the Council's 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.

Expressions of Interest for the first application round are now being accepted

If you have any difficulty accessing these forms, please contact our team on 0800 001 5500 or email gep@derby.ac.uk and we can assist you in completing.

Further information will be added to this page in due course.

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