How our district is tackling climate change

Grants, support and advice

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Community Infrastructure Grant

The Community Infrastructure Grant, delivered through UK Shared Prosperity Funding, is available to existing constituted groups such as charities, associations, parish councils, voluntary and community groups. The project should be publicly accessible and should ideally demonstrate a carbon reduction from existing infrastructure of at least 5%.

Groups are welcome to apply for capital funding up to £10,000. Support will be given to a minimum of 10 projects with funding of approximately £10k per project; however, applications for larger and smaller amounts will be considered.

Projects must be delivered and completed by 31st March 2025. Ongoing evidence of the carbon reduction shall be required. Project proposals may include:

  • Installing sources of renewable energy to buildings or their surroundings
  • Installing energy efficiency measures such as insulation or LED lighting
  • Installing or embedding other capital projects which reduce carbon emissions

Projects should be able to demonstrate support for Braintree District Council’s Climate Strategy and its outcomes. This round closes at 5pm on Friday 14th June 2024.

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This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. This is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and a significant component of its support for places across the UK.

Read the guidance for applying.

Apply for the Community Infrastructure Grant

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Lean 2 Green Business Support

Braintree District Council is pleased to support Essex County Council with the delivery of business support through developing decarbonisation plans.

Essex County Council is working with MKR Consulting Ltd to provide first come, first served one-to-one sessions to up to 20 Small and Medium Enterprises in the Braintree district. Businesses must be at least 18 months old and employ at least three members of staff.

MKR Consulting Limited’s own Lean2Green approach aims to get businesses on the road to net zero without a large financial outlay, through efficiencies and clear action plans. They provide follow up calls at three and six month intervals, giving the support for businesses to remain on track.

Apply for Lean 2 Green Business Support

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