Grants and support to Go Green

Find out about grants and support available to help businesses, community groups and individuals go green.

COP26 Community Fund

To celebrate and continue the momentum of the COP26 event in Glasgow, we have allocated £160k for the 2022/2023 period to this fund. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have found a refuge in outdoor spaces. They have become more conscious of the state of the natural environment and they have renewed their sense of community.

The COP26 community fund will support community-led sustainability projects across the Eden district. These include tackling climate change, protecting and enhancing biodiversity and reducing carbon emissions.

Visit COP26 Community Fund for more information on eligibility and how to apply.

Sustainable Farming Incentive

The scheme is available to all farmers who currently receive Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments. It is designed to be accessible, and will reward sustainable practices that support food production and benefit the environment.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is the first of three new environmental land management schemes being introduced under the Agricultural Transition Plan. The schemes will ensure long-term food security by investing in the foundations of food production: healthy soil, water, and biodiverse ecosystems.

The scheme will open with two soil standards recognising the importance of healthy soil for successful farming and the environment, and a moorland standard. In that standard, farmers will be paid to assess the condition of the moorland as a basis for further action in the future through existing and new schemes.

There is no ‘application window’ and no deadline by which farmers must apply, so farmers can apply throughout the year at a time that works best for them.

Visit Sustainable Farming Incentive guidance on GOV.UK for more information on eligibility and how to apply.

Farming Investment Fund - Adding Value grant

£30 million of funding grants, recently announced by the Environment Secretary, will enable farmers in England to purchase equipment to process, diversify and add value to their produce.

Funding from the Farming Investment Fund (FIF) could mean farmers will be able to purchase premises and equipment for the preparation or processing of agricultural produce. For example, turning milk into cheese or yoghurt, processing meat into sausages, and potatoes into crisps or chips; or equipment such as vending machines and display facilities for selling food direct to customers.

The funding will be offered in sums between £25,000 and £300,000.

See Adding Value grant on GOV.UK.

Powering our Communities fund

Powering our Communities is an annual fund offered by Electricity North West which provides seed funding to support the development of community and local energy in our region. Projects will run from October 2022 to October 2023 unless agreed otherwise.

Applications will be accepted from a wide range of organisations including community benefit societies, industrial provident societies, charities, schools or local authorities. However, you must be able to show community involvement or local benefit of your project.

Successful projects will receive between £1,000 and £15,000 and the project will need a bank account to accept the funding. In total, there is up to £75,000 available to support projects. The deadline for submissions is midnight on Tuesday 19 July 2022.

See Powering Our Communities fund on the Electricity North West website for more information and details on how to apply.

Boiler Upgrade scheme

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced that the government's new £450 million Boiler Upgrade Scheme is now open for grant applications and payments.

Homeowners across England and Wales can now benefit from £5,000 grants to fit clean heating systems when they come to replace their oil and gas boilers. This includes clean heating systems installed from 1 April this year.

Heat pumps are now much cheaper and more competitively priced against gas and oil boilers, and closer to the cost of installing a traditional gas boiler. The scheme will improve the energy efficiency of homes, reduce energy bills and cut emissions in the long-term.

For more information and to check your eligibility, please visit the Boiler Upgrade Scheme page on GOV.UK.

Greening Eden Businesses Grant

Greening Eden Businesses will support local businesses to reduce their carbon emissions, and save money at the same time. Following an environmental assessment with the CBEN partnership, applicants can apply for funding. Grants are for capital investment projects that will significantly reduce the businesses carbon footprint.

Grants range from £1,000 to £10,000 per businesses, depending on the chosen solutions. The grant rate is around 50% of the total cost of investment. This scheme is for businesses located in Eden or whose principal operations are in Eden.

Applications are now open, email

Visit Greening Eden on CBEN website for more information.

Low Carbon Lake District Grant

The Low Carbon Lake District is run by the Lake District Foundation. It aims to enable communities to reduce greenhouse gases and prepare for climate change.

Funding is available to community groups and businesses. They must operate within the Lake District National Park or have some impact within the Lake District National Park. Awarded grants will cover up to 60% of project costs, up to a maximum of £20,000. Work must be completed by March 2023.

The Lake District Foundation are welcoming applications.

Visit low carbon Lake District grant on Lake District Foundation website to learn more.

Green Homes Grant

Eden District now has its own Green Homes Grant (LAD) Schemes. This scheme helps install insulation and low carbon heat measures. It is funded by Central Government. This scheme is for owner occupied households only. With an annual income under £30,000 and an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of E, F or G.

Find out more about the Green Home Grant Scheme and apply on the E.ON website.

See our Green Homes Grant web page to find out more.

The Big Solar Co-op

The Big Solar Co-op is a new approach to subsidy-free community solar. They aim to make solar viable on a huge range of sites, principally on rooftops rather than solar fields. If you own or run a potential site for solar PV, or have a good idea for a potential site they want to hear from you.

Go to Big Solar Co-op website to learn more.

Support for Eden Agribusinesses as Council partners with Farmer Network

Through its Inspiring Eden programme and working in partnership with the Farmer Network, Eden District Council is unveiling a fully-funded support package for farmers in the area.

The programme has now launched, and it is hoped that this will help Eden's farm businesses between now and the end of March 2023.

A wide range of support is on offer. This includes one-to-one farm business advice tailored to your situation. This could be in the form of a farm business review; assessment of the farm's potential for current and future environmental payments; help to identify farm diversification opportunities; and support with succession planning or retirement options.

Funding for training and development is also available for younger farmers. Training vouchers worth 50% of the cost of training up to £200 are available for farmers aged 40 and under together with training bursaries for up to 3 young farmers. There are also fully-funded places on the Business Support for Young People Programme for 18- to 30-year-olds who want to progress a farming related business idea.

Vouchers worth up to £2,500 to help fund the cost of a full carbon audit and soil testing for carbon are also on offer to help farmers in their journey towards net-zero.

The programme will include a series of workshops to help farmers adapt to the changes to support payments and the rising cost of farm inputs. The first of these will be on the evening of Wednesday 15th June on planning farm succession and the Lump Sum Exit Scheme at the Hired Lad, Penrith auction and this workshop will also cover the support available through the Eden farm business programme.

For more information, contact The Farmer Network on 01768 868615 or email or visit Farmer Network.

Farm payments 2022

The application window for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), Countryside Stewardship (CS) and Environmental Stewardship (ES) revenue agreements closed on 16 May 2022.

Later this year, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will open applications for the Lump Sum Exit Scheme, which provides financial support to BPS applicants in England who wish to retire or leave farming in a planned way.

Farmers who are considering applying for the Lump Sum Exit Scheme are encouraged to apply for BPS in 2022 as well as applying for the Lump Sum Exit Scheme later on.

Go to farm payments 2022 on GOV.UK for more information.

Read lump sum payments for farmers in England who leave or retire from farming on GOV.UK.

Farming Innovation Programme - Research Started projects

On May 23rd, Defra and UKRI opened applications for the second round of the Research Started projects within the Industry-led R&D Partnership Fund (part of the Farming Innovation Programme).

This £1million competition aims to provide an entry point for farmers, growers or foresters that have bold, ambitious, early-stage ideas solving major problems that impact their business.

The application window for expressions of interest will close on 6 July 2022. These projects are for farmers and growers based in England.

Green Heat Network Fund

The Green Heat Network Fund (GHNF) is a 3-year £288 million capital grant fund that will support the:

  • commercialisation and construction of new low and zero carbon (LZC) heat networks (including the supply of cooling)
  • retrofitting and expansion of existing heat networks.

This will include schemes that deliver clean heating to homes, offices, commercial and public buildings. Funding will support the uptake of low-carbon technologies like heat pumps, solar and geothermal energy as a central heating source. The GHNF is open to organisations in the public, private, and third sectors in England (individuals, households and sole traders cannot apply).

The GHNF main scheme opened its first application round on 14 March 2022.

This will be followed by quarterly rounds until the scheme closes in 2025.

Go to Green Heat Network Fund (GHNF) on GOV.UK, for more information.

Boiler Upgrade Scheme

The government will provide grants to encourage property owners to install low carbon heating systems such as heat pumps, through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS). These grants will help property owners overcome the upfront cost of low carbon heating technologies.

The scheme will be open to domestic and small non-domestic properties in England and Wales.

It will run from 2022 to 2025.

Check if you are eligible to apply for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme from April 2022 on GOV.UK

Last updated: Tuesday, 5 July, 2022.