Who can apply

Those who are eligible to apply for the Grant Scheme and are referred to in this document as the “the Eligible Body” or the “Applicant”: 

  • Central government departments 

  • For central government departments where their roles are reserved (i.e. not devolved to Scottish or Welsh Governments or the Northern Ireland Executive), funding may be used for estates located anywhere within the UK 

  • Emergency services 

  • Institutions of further and higher education 

  • Local authorities 

  • Maintained schools within the state education system, including academies, Multi-Academy Trusts and free schools    

  • Nursery schools maintained by a local authority 

  • NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts 

  • Non-departmental public bodies 

A joint application can be made for more than one eligible public sector body. In this case, a lead Applicant should be agreed, who will submit the application on behalf of the group. All measures within a group application can be entered onto a single Application Form.  

Any energy savings resulting from projects funded by the Grant Scheme should benefit the Eligible Body. Eligible technologies that do not have direct financial or carbon savings are exempt from this requirement. 

An example of an ineligible project would be an outsourced estate management contract in which the outsourced supplier pays the energy bills and would benefit from any savings achieved from the project. However, if the energy bill was to pass through an Applicant under the contract, and the Applicant benefitted from the energy savings, then the project would be eligible. 

Exclusions: Public Corporations are not eligible. Registered charities are also not eligible, unless they are also non-departmental public bodies as defined by the Cabinet Office. Private sector organisations are not eligible for any funding through the scheme. Social housing is not eligible to apply for the LCSF. For information regarding the £50m Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator, see here.