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:

£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 maximum grant available through this fund would be £200,000. 

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.

The Scholarship fund supports 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 growing importance of sustainable development and the shift to a low-carbon economy requires structural changes across sectors and occupations. This shift leads to new ‘green’ jobs and ‘greening’ of existing ones that translate to new skill sets, update of curricula or even new qualifications; for example, the adoption and dissemination of clean technologies require skills in technology application, adaptation and maintenance.

The Scholarship grants will allow individuals to study around their existing responsibilities. It will enable them to obtain the skills and qualifications they need to change their career or progress in employment. The study can take place either online or face to face or a combination of both.

There is a wide range of skills and training that individuals could undertake that would contribute to a net-zero economy and support the development of Low Carbon Environmental, Goods and Services (LCEGS). The scheme is looking to support skills development under the following categories:

Outlined below are some of the skills considered eligible for the Scholarship fund, but the list is not exhaustive. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate within their application how the skills they will be developing will contribute to a “net zero carbon” economy within the above areas.

To be eligible to apply for a grant under the Scholarships fund applicants must:

The Grant will pay for training where there is no other support available to fund that learning. 

Applicants will be ineligible if when they apply, they are:

How to apply for a Green Entrepreneur Scholarship Grant

Applicants can download the GEP Scholarship application form here and all completed forms be returned to

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Derbyshire County Council National Careers Service and discuss their plans before applying for a Green Entrepreneur Programme Scholarship Grant.

By contacting the Careers Service, applicants will be given quality careers advice and guidance and an independent assessment to ensure the right learning is selected. Derbyshire National Careers Advisers will support them through the application process and assist with the hardship element of the grant if required.


Forms available to download:

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

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

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