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Utilise Plus Eligibility
In order to qualify for support through the Utilise Plus programme, your organisation must meet the following eligibility criteria. If you have any questions about eligibility please contact the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 964239.
Organisations eligible for support through Utilise Plus must:
- Be a small to medium sized enterprise (SME) that employs fewer than 250 people
- Have a turnover of less than €50 million per annum (£46.1m1) or balance sheet total of less than €43 million per annum (£39.6m1)
- Be eligible to receive State Aid2
- Not be owned by a group or company that does not meet the above three criteria3
- Be registered with Companies House / Charities Commission or demonstrate that they are engaged in ‘economic activity’ – usually some form of trading. Unincorporated associations and sole traders are eligible, provided they can show evidence of this
Due to funding opportunities through sector-specific programmes, enterprises engaged primarily in the following sectors are ineligible for Utilise Plus:
- Fisheries and aquaculture
- Primary production, processing and marketing of agricultural products
- Statutory services (e.g. education, healthcare)
- Synthetic fibres
Grant funding is available for up to one third of the cost of a ‘best practice‘ energy efficiency project. To qualify, the organisation will need to explain how their project demonstrates best practice, versus standard replacements, and therefore achieves maximum greenhouse gas4 emissions reductions. Priority will be given to businesses that help meet this aim. Find out more about grant funding.
Examples of projects eligible for grant funding
- Replacing halogen or fluorescent lighting with LEDs and optimising the number and position of light fittings to maximise use of natural lighting.
- Installing sensors to control lighting in communal areas dependent on natural light levels and movement of building occupants.
- Upgrading an inefficient boiler to a more efficient model, installing heating controls including a timer and thermostat or thermostatic radiator valves, along with weather compensation controls.
- Installation of new technologies such as energy storage or dry coolers.
- Installation of sub-metering and/or Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) to allow accurate measuring and recording of energy usage for different areas across a site.
- Building fabric improvements combining appropriate high quality materials with low-impact products, such as sheep wool insulation.
- Renewable energy installations where energy efficiency improvements have already been addressed (grant beneficiaries are unable to claim Renewable Heat Incentive or Feed In Tariff).
Examples of projects ineligible for grant funding
- Purchasing new IT equipment.
- Implementing an employee engagement campaign.
- Commissioning energy efficiency consultancy work.
- Installing a bike rack or purchasing new vehicles.
- Upgrading equipment where the main objective is not energy efficiency (i.e. installing equipment that would have likely been purchased even without grant funding).
- Projects that have already been installed.
- Projects that have already been awarded or received funding from the EU.
1 European Commission monthly exchange rate September 2017: €1 = £0.92246. You are responsible for calculating the exchange rate and assessing your eligibility at the time of your application.
2 SMEs able to receive State Aid up to a value of €200,000 in any three year rolling period. Find out more about State Aid.
3 For organisations with a more complex structure, a case-by-case analysis is required, so please get in touch if you think this applies to you.
4 Greenhouse gas (GHG) are gases which trap heat in the atmosphere and contribute to climate change. Most greenhouse gases are produced through the process of burning fossil fuels to produce energy.