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Grants and Loans for Green Development

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 8 Jun 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Green Development Financial Aid

Most of us are by now, well aware that as consumers, we are all responsible for doing our bit to reduce carbon emissions and to help save the planet. And, although sustainable build projects are largely still in their infancy, the government, with the help of other organisations who have an interest in this area, is keen to offer grants and other assistance, where possible, to help both individuals and businesses alike to address some of these issues.

The Sustainable Development Fund

Our National Parks in the UK represent all that is good about the promotion of sustainable living and since 2002, they have been able to apply for financial aid from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to help promote sustainable development. The grant scheme is aimed at encouraging individuals and local communities to develop different ways of living and working whilst, simultaneously, conserving and improving the local wildlife and landscape and preserving local culture and traditions. Projects can get up to 75% of their total cost from a sustainable development grant and this can run from just a small amount up to many thousands of pounds. Encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved, the National Parks have so far supported projects relating to wood burning heating systems, the harvesting of rainwater, cycle centres and eco-buildings, along with training many young people to become ‘green ambassadors’.

The Energy Savings Trust

Following the 1992 Earth Summit, in Rio de Janeiro, when the real threat of global warming first became prominent from a global perspective, the UK Government set up the Energy Savings Trust a year later to address the damaging effect of climate change and to help cut CO2 emissions by promoting the sustainable and efficient use of energy. Working in conjunction with the electricity, gas and water companies, they can help individual householders with the costs of improving energy efficiency in the home by offering grants and subsidies for things like cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and draught proofing, heating appliances and energy efficient boilers etc.

The Environmental Action Fund

Also run by DEFRA, the Environmental Action Fund (EAF) offers financial aid to both voluntary and community sector groups to support the Government’s sustainable development projects within England. Grants can range from £25,000 over a year to up to £750,000 over 3 years and have been used on projects concerned with biodiversity and others relating to raising awareness and devising strategies to remove barriers to sustainable development in areas such as climate change, resource productivity and waste.

In addition to national projects such as those mentioned above, many other forms of financial help are available via our local authorities and other organisations, both private and public who have a keen interest in the area of sustainable development and who seek to promote the importance of the health and well being of the environment and its inhabitants, both people and wildlife, and protecting the economy and to help encourage us all to live in a sustainable way that doesn’t harm the planet now or for future generations to come.

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Hi Can anyone help we are a family that would like to try out some backyard farming. We are looking to build a passive greenhouse, we have already the design etc and will be trying out the art of aquaponics. We live in the heart of Edinburgh and want to be able to grow crops all year round as well as having fish trout. Our project is called Groweden we have a little website and are trying with crowdfunding but ideally would like to see if there are other possibilities for funding
groweden - 8-Jun-17 @ 9:11 PM
Hello there, We're setting up an eco friendly campsite in Cornwall called "The Copper Pot Campsite", our intention is to provide comfortable camping in bell tents and shepherd huts at a rate affordable to all, we want to encourage wildlife including bats/owls/slow worms/ lizards so that people can experience the animals we have in the countryside. We want to have livestock on site and also grow our own vegetables so that people can see where food comes from. We also wish to teach basic bushcraft to children's groups such as scouts and girl guides. We were hoping to open this year but our builder has run off with £10,000 and left us in a huge mess. We're really struggling, can you tell me if you know of any grants that could help us get either mains electricity hook up or a solar and wind power electricity supply set up? Also if there are any grants that could help us build the compost toilets, the showers and the wooden platforms which the builder was supposed to build? Many many thanks and all the best, James.
James Lank - 6-Jun-17 @ 4:29 PM
James Lank - Your Question:
Hello there,We're setting up an eco friendly campsite in Cornwall called "The Copper Pot Campsite", our intention is to provide comfortable camping in bell tents and shepherd huts at a rate affordable to all, we want to encourage wildlife including bats/owls/slow worms/ lizards so that people can experience the animals we have in the countryside. We want to have livestock on site and also grow our own vegetables so that people can see where food comes from. We also wish to teach basic bushcraft to children's groups such as scouts and girl guides. We were hoping to open this year but our builder has run off with £10,000 and left us in a huge mess. We're really struggling, can you tell me if you know of any grants that could help us get either mains electricity hook up or a solar and wind power electricity supply set up? Also if there are any grants that could help us build the compost toilets, the showers and the wooden platforms which the builder was supposed to build?Many many thanks and all the best,James.

Our Response:
Firstly it's worth taking legal action against your builder. Then investigate some of these resources:
- Cornwall Grants advice service
- south west growth hub
- Sustainable woodlands south west funding for tourism and recreation
- Coast
SustainableBuild - 30-May-17 @ 10:29 AM
Hello there, We're setting up an eco friendly campsite in Cornwall called "The Copper Pot Campsite", our intention is to provide comfortable camping in bell tents and shepherd huts at a rate affordable to all, we want to encourage wildlife including bats/owls/slow worms/ lizards so that people can experience the animals we have in the countryside. We want to have livestock on site and also grow our own vegetables so that people can see where food comes from. We also wish to teach basic bushcraft to children's groups such as scouts and girl guides. We were hoping to open this year but our builder has run off with £10,000 and left us in a huge mess. We're really struggling, can you tell me if you know of any grants that could help us get either mains electricity hook up or a solar and wind power electricity supply set up? Also if there are any grants that could help us build the compost toilets, the showers and the wooden platforms which the builder was supposed to build? Many many thanks and all the best, James.
James Lank - 27-May-17 @ 3:28 AM
My partner and I are working on a home/office conversion of our Narrowboat involving solar panels,electric engine, hydrogen cells, wind power, hydro power, dual fuel wood stove & electric heating & hot water, water harvesting, water recycling & filtering, and more combining it with SMART home monioring to make a high tech eco boat that not only won't leave a mess in the canal, but rather helps to clean it as well by towing a litter collector. I've been designing the project on a minimal budget and once complete would like to use it as a prototype to help encourage more to do their boat conversions to help promote to the boating community that going back to a horse isn't the only way to get off diesel (yes, many actually think this). Any chance you know of anyone who might be able to provide some funding to help us complete the project?
Chipwich - 13-Apr-17 @ 7:29 AM
Hi. We have bought an old pub and we are doing some renovation work turning it into coffee bar. One of the things that we would like to do is to put more efficient and ecofriendly some sort of heating system. Are there any grants that would support us in that project. Thank you.
eve - 1-Feb-17 @ 10:47 AM
We have storage heaters that are 20 years old and most are broken we are desperate to replace them for our Medieval Hall Bear Steps SY1 1UH but lack the funding which would be in the region of appropriately 10,000 pounds, for more sustainable heaters. At present we are using fan heaters as a supplement. Can you please give any advice on grants etc We are a registered charity and renovated the building in the 1970's Please help.
Shrewsbury Civic Soc - 31-Jan-17 @ 6:11 PM
HI! First of all I would just like to say this is for my college work assignment so all the questions are hypothetical and will not actually be going forward with this. Howveer, i would really appreciate if you could answer some quick questions ! It would mean loads you will be the first person to respond to me..... So, a quick informer on my welsh bacc project so you know what im doing - we have to do an individual investigation project where we chose a question and 'investigate' . the question i chose was 'How can we improve housing in Wales to be more eco-friendly and what are cost efficient ways of doing this?' although i may take the cost efficient bit out.. im basically looking at ways of improving homes on a large scale so they can save energy and produce less carbon emissions at the same time. ive looked at a few different methods of saving energy and i came to a conclusion that by adding roof insulation(preferably sheeps)it could save around 30% of the homes heat. By saving more heat it could mean people dont their heating on as high which 1. reduces energy use and 2. saves the home owner money . inserting insulation in the roof will cost less than inserting it in the walls or floors as you wont have to remove anything or as much to get to where it needs to be and therefor is a much easier and achievable goal. the main problem comes down to money. 1. what are the type of options for this type of large scale grant loan? is it too unrealistic 2. if you could not fund this do you know a business who could? 3. do you know any government incentives? thank you for reading and hopefully answering too! have a nice day Kitty
Kitty - 30-Nov-16 @ 10:40 AM
Hello we live in a council flat and would like to give it up for an eco friendly home. We've recently started to think that it's necessary to grow ourown food also. So we would like to have some advice on grants that are available for a family who wants to vacate their council house for others and requires help to have an ecofriendly home as well as farmland. Thank you.
Bola - 18-Nov-16 @ 7:27 AM
Brittany Inspiration - Your Question:
I have devised a way to save the water being lost when a hot tap is turned on allowing the cold to run down the drain. The savings are significant not only to the environment but to households and businesses especially those on water meters.I am looking for funding to bring it to the market and hoping you can steer me in the right direction. Any guidance would be gratefully appreciated.

Our Response:
You might want to consider local business angels, venture capitalists or crowdfunding to get this to the next stage.
SustainableBuild - 10-Nov-16 @ 11:25 AM
I have devised a way to save the water being lost when a hot tap is turned on allowing the cold to run down the drain. The savings are significant not only to the environment but to households and businesses especially those on water meters.I am looking for funding to bring it to the market and hoping you can steer me in the right direction. Any guidance would be gratefully appreciated.
Brittany Inspiration - 9-Nov-16 @ 2:20 PM
We have recently moved into a new school building and have no break out spaces for our most vulnerable children (we have a considerable number of children with a diagnosis of Autism). We are looking at developing yurts as break out spaces and extra teaching spaces as the school is small. Can you help?
Tiggy71 - 3-Nov-16 @ 10:17 AM
To Jane, Try advising said electricity company they have 31 days to remove all and any telegraph poles off your land and they will quickly reposition the pole themselves at no cost
Mmbell - 24-Sep-16 @ 11:23 AM
I'm looking to get some information on grants available to build a campsite.
Michelle Bell - 24-Sep-16 @ 11:07 AM
Bitofahippy, I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I just wanted to say that there is hope out there. Have a look at WWOOFING, which is where you volunteer on farms, estates and other eco projects in exchange for free accommodation. It may buy you some time whilst you figure out what to do long term. There are many eco communities who would probably be happy to help you out. Good luck, I hope you find your feet again soon.
earthlingmichelle - 5-Aug-16 @ 9:36 AM
Hello - I'm looking for any advice on funding for a community eco village project I have a vision that I'd like to bring to life. Thanking you in advance.
Tay - 20-Jul-16 @ 2:33 AM
a few months ago, my partner and I lost EVERYTHING - our home, our employment.In order to stay in our local area (Clwydian range) we asked around and a friend has put us up in his annexe, which is essentially a converted garage. Our dream is to be able to buy a patch of land and buildan eco home (Magic Green Homes) and grow organic veg and raise some animals.Having NOTHING, I can't see how we can ever achieve this.We are very connected to nature and we are slightly reclusive so the thought of renting a flat or house in a town is horrible to us now.
bitofahippy - 16-Jul-16 @ 3:37 PM
Hi, We have a fantastic bit of land which is situated by a beautiful and almost private Loch, we are within the "Dark Skies" facinity of Dumfries and Galloway with easy access within a 10-30 mile radius of 4 of the 7 staines bike trails and countless forest walks, I would love some information on starting an eco/camping/pod facility whilst being able to advertise and making good use of all the wonderful attractions we have close by.
Michelle Bell - 13-Jul-16 @ 5:47 PM
Lynn- Your Question:
I serve as a Trustee for a residential outdoor education charity in Scotland which provides learning opportunities for a large number of primary and secondary schools every year. As some of the buildings are no longer fit for purpose, the charity is looking to build new sustainable, eco-friendly accommodation. Can you tell me if there are any grants for this kind of thing? Thank you.

Our Response:
Outdoor Learning Lloyds Bank Henry Duncan Award Gannochy Trust Henry Smith Charity http://www.gov.scot/Topics/People/Young-People/early-years/delivery/thirdsectorfunding
SustainableBuild - 7-Jul-16 @ 11:34 AM
I serve as a Trustee for a residential outdoor education charity in Scotland which provides learning opportunities for a large number of primary and secondary schools every year. As some of the buildings are no longer fit for purpose, the charity is looking to build new sustainable, eco-friendly accommodation. Can you tell me if there are any grants for this kind of thing? Thank you.
Lynn - 3-Jul-16 @ 9:15 PM
My son has moved to bulgaria and wants to build a house and live sustainably. for example ways of collecting and reusing rain water and ways of generating electricity and living off the land to economically building the house and involving and including the local villagers tobring the community together. Is there any sort of funding that anyone knows of that could help him get started. We would be so grateful for any advice. Many tanks. Jen
Jen - 20-Jun-16 @ 12:58 PM
Hi, I am an operations team leader for a well known bank. I want to help develop a way to reverse the increase of greenhouse gasses. I want to start a project with engineer, and scientists to find a way to mimic nature's process of healing and turn it into a sustainable project. This would be a big project and if successful, we would be able to help nature heal and not need to generate too many artificial energy.
John - 8-Jun-16 @ 5:54 AM
Hi, I have put my life savings into buying a small holding to have horses and sheep. Unfortunately where I would like to put up a farm building there is a telegraph pole with a transformer...I have been quoted £12000 to move it!, oh and I have to dig all the trenches!! I will be renovating the old (very very old!!) farm house at some point and wondered if it would be more worthwhile putting that money into coming off the grid- solved two problems, gets rid of the pole (energy companies property so I believe they have to remove it?) and would make my farm greener and sustainable for the future. Does anyone have any thoughts? Also are there any pay up schemes/ grants available, this was not in my budget! Many thanks.
Jane - 4-Jun-16 @ 4:01 AM
I amthinking about opening a Finnish style school for 5 to 7 year olds based in a field with an emphasis on learning through outdoor play.I'd like to build a sustainable outdoor classroom to complement the outdoor environmental ethos of the school. Do you know where I would be able to apply for grants for building and planning costs?
Bugsysmum - 9-Apr-16 @ 5:52 PM
I work for a shipping company. We recently acquired a vessel which was seized some time back. It is ideal for a training vessel for cadets in the Pacific who always find difficulties finding a vessel to do their sea phase for their certificates. It would be ideal to have masts also installed to be used for sailing. She needs alot of work and planning. In the meantime we are putting together a proposal for funding for her re-fit
AliK - 28-Mar-16 @ 6:10 AM
We are looking to purchase a property with 5 acres of land in Scotland and open a back to basics campsite and make it eco friendly! Are there any grants available thanks
Ang - 14-Mar-16 @ 10:41 AM
MAT - Your Question:
Hi. I'm going to be converting a small building in the Peak District National Park to a dwelling. I would like to keep it totally off-grid with solar/wind power, water harvesting, septic tank etc and would like to find out if there are any grants available to help with this? Any advice would be greatly appreciated

Our Response:
We're not aware of many grants for this at the moment. If you shop around, there are lenders who offer attractive rates for eco builds etc. The Energy Saving Trust may a good source of information.
SustainableBuild - 23-Feb-16 @ 2:04 PM
Hi. I'm going to be converting a small building in the Peak District National Park to a dwelling. I would like to keep it totally off-grid with solar/wind power, water harvesting, septic tank etc and would like to find out if there are any grants available to help with this? Any advice would be greatly appreciated
MAT - 22-Feb-16 @ 4:35 PM
Ted - Your Question:
I am considering building a passive or carbourn neutral property for my retirement. I am only at the very early planning stage and want to know what help is available in the way of building grants for energy saving product

Our Response:
We don't know of any grants currently available for new build properties unfortunately.
SustainableBuild - 28-Jan-16 @ 2:28 PM
I am considering building a passive or carbourn neutral property for my retirement. I am only at the very early planning stage and want to know what help is available in the way of building grants for energy saving product
Ted - 27-Jan-16 @ 9:14 PM
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