Phase 5 Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Fund

The applicant journey timeline 

Welcome to the Phase 5 Low Carbon Skills Fund planner. The timeline below has been designed to help you progress through your project journey. We have also included key deadlines, as well as useful documents. Please read the Phase 5 Low Carbon Skills Fund Scheme Guidance for more detailed information on this scheme. 

Watch our Phase 5 Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Fund video featuring our team introducing the scheme.

Step 1

Identification of a suitable building(s)/site(s)

The process of creating a successful Low Carbon Skills Fund project must start with identifying the organisation’s suitable buildings for a heat decarbonisation project. A suitable building should follow the eligibility and project criteria detailed in the scheme guidance. 

Applicants should prioritise buildings based on the following criteria: 

  • Condition and age of the existing fossil fuel heating plant 
  • Building retention and occupation 

Step 2

Internal discussions and decision making

At this stage, it is important to establish the internal governance structure that will lead the initial discussions. This includes: 

  • Establishing an Authorising Official who has the authority to approve and sign-off on official finance and legal documentation. 
  • Establishing a main contact, who will be responsible for overseeing the project and who will be in regular contact with our Salix team. 
  • Developing and understanding the process for securing internal board approval. 
  • Early engagement with the internal procurement department. 

Step 3

Sign up to introductory webinars

Salix will be hosting several webinars to provide guidance and support to eligible applicants. These webinars are designed to provide guidance on the funding scheme, provide an opportunity for applicants to meet our team, as well as hear from government representatives. 

View the latest webinars and save your spot today!

Step 4

Register for a Salix account

To access theSalix Application Portal you will be required to log in with a Salix account. If you have an existing account, please do check your log in details prior to the Application Portal opening. If you do not have a Salix account, you can register for one.  

We reserve the right to withdraw any application that is not created by a member of the public sector organisation due to receive the grant. 

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Step 5

Application portal opening

Once the application portal opens, all applicants must log into their accounts to begin the application process. Applicants must fill out the key information and attach the completed application form and any supporting documents, if applicable.  

The application process must be completed by the public sector organisation, not the consultants involved in the project. 

With all the information correctly completed and the documents submitted, applicants can confirm and send their application. Please note that applicants can only submit one application, any subsequent duplicates will be withdrawn. You will be able to edit your application up until the portal close date of 2pm, 1 May 2024. 

Once the application has been submitted, applicants will receive an Authorisation and Counter Fraud Declaration email, that must be approved and responded to by the Authorising Official within three working days. 

Step 6

Initial quality checks

After the application portal closes, our team will begin initial quality checks on all applications. 

This assessment involves checking the information that was provided on the application portal and application form for eligibility and duplication. If an application fails at this stage, it will be withdrawn from the scheme. 

Step 7

Project assessment

At this stage, projects will be assessed according to the ranking assigned during the random allocation process. Projects will be subject to queries from our assessors. It is crucial that applicants are available to respond to queries and that any risks or issues are flagged at this stage. 

Step 8

Awarding Grant Offer Letters

If a project passes assessment, and provided it falls in the available grant value funding pot, it will be awarded a Grant Offer Letter. These letters detail key information about the grant, as well as the specific aspects of the project, and they must be signed through DocuSign by the Authorising Official within 10 working days of being sent. Grant Offer Letters will also stipulate the project specific conditions that must be met by the grant recipients. These will be a requirement for every project.