The Scotland Recycling Fund

Paused for applications

Hydro Ness in Inverness

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Paused for applications:



Unfortunately we have reached our funding capacity for this financial year. As a consequence we have paused the current loans scheme, including recycling fund top ups, for this financial year 2024/2025. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

However, we hope to reopen the fund later in the year for projects commencing next financial year. We would encourage you to continue to engage with your Salix relationship manager to work on your applications. 

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About this scheme

The Scotland Recycling Fund, as part of the Scottish Public Sector Loan Scheme, is a ring-fenced fund held by the eligible public sector body. It is created with capital provided by Scottish Government through Salix, and equally matched by the public sector body.

The scheme aims to increase long-term investment in energy efficient technologies across the public sector. 

Our contribution is a long-term 100% interest-free repayable grant. Scottish local authorities can use their former Central Energy Efficiency Fund or their own capital as their match contribution. The financial savings achieved by the projects are reinvested in further eligible projects year on year, hence the term ‘Recycling Fund’. 

Our teams are passionate about working with organisations on their fund management and project delivery in Scotland.

Scheme benefits

  • Securing long-term finance for energy efficiency investment.
  • We offer the option of a management charge, where up to 15% of project costs can be used to support project identification and delivery.
  • Up to 25% of annual energy savings can be kept as immediate savings, with 75% ring fenced in the fund.
  • More than 100 energy efficiency technologies are eligible including lighting, heating, and insulation. 
  • Project compliance criteria of up to a 12-year payback at a cost of £305 per tonne of carbon dioxide saved.
  • Ongoing client and technical support from our team on fund management and project delivery.
  • Networking and knowledge sharing with other public sector peers.
  • This scheme can also be used to finance retrofit programmes from the Non Domestic Energy Efficiency framework (NDEE).

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