Salix Finance is announcing the launch of Phase 3 Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Fund (LCSF) in partnership with the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which has made available up to £14 million of funding.
Phase 3 LCSF provides grants for public sector organisations to get expert advice and skills to create or improve an existing heat decarbonisation plan setting out the steps and proposed timeline for decarbonising their buildings. The Application Portal opens at 2pm on Wednesday 15 June, 2022.
Organisations need to proactively take action to tackle climate change. Delivered by Salix Finance, the LCSF will support the Government’s net-zero and clean growth goals.
Heat decarbonisation plans can help organisations apply for the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme and benefit from a range of heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency measures, or make a case for securing other available capital funding.
Annie Shepperd OBE, Salix Finance’s chief executive, said: “This announcement paves the way for public sector organisations to lead the way in reducing their carbon footprint within the UK. Salix Finance is wasting no time in opening the application for these funds and we have a great team who are ready to support all public sector organisations who want to be part of this scheme.”
Business and Energy Minister Lord Callanan said: “Thanks to the £2.5 billion we have made available, through the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, we are saving public sector organisations and taxpayers millions of pounds each year by making our buildings cheaper and more efficient to heat. These fund grants will build on this, allowing public bodies to better access the specialist skills and expertise they need to decarbonise heating in their buildings and to deliver future projects to bring down the cost of energy bills around the country.”
The scheme invites central government departments and their arm’s length bodies, public sector bodies including emergency services, further and higher education institutions, local authorities, maintained schools within the state education system, including academies, multi-academy trusts and free schools and NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts to apply for funding.
All applicants awarded funding must complete their heat decarbonisation plans before Friday, 31 March 2023. Salix Finance will be discussing the Phase 3 Low Carbon Skills Fund in a series of webinars, which can be booked here.
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