Great news for businesses in East Suffolk as an exiting opportunity is now available through the East Suffolk Council. The East Suffolk Efficiency Grant Scheme is a fantastic opportunity for businesses aiming to emrabce greener operations and sustainable practices.

What is the East Suffolk Efficiency Grant Scheme?

The East Suffolk Energy Efficiency Grant scheme, part of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), is designed to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in East Suffolk in enhancing their energy efficiency, adopting low-carbon technologies, and improving productivity. 
This initiative aligns with the government’s Levelling Up agenda and East Suffolk Council’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. It focuses on fostering innovation, energy efficiency, and export growth in the local economy while also supporting decarbonisation efforts.

Essential Funding Information

  • Grant Availability: Grants range between £10,000 and £15,000, aimed at businesses eager to grow and innovate, especially through solar energy installations and related environmental sustainability projects.
  • Funding Criteria: Eligible businesses can apply for grants between £10,000 and £15,000, covering up to 50% of the project costs. These projects should contribute to the business’s move towards net zero emissions or make significant energy efficiency improvements.

Projects Eligible for Funding

The grant covers a wide range of energy-efficient installations and improvements, including but not limited to:

  • Solar Panel Installations: Harness the power of the sun to generate clean, renewable energy for your business operations.
  • Battery Storage Solutions: Store excess solar energy for use during peak demand times or after sunset, enhancing your energy independence.
  • EV Car Charging Stations: Install charging infrastructure to support the growing demand for electric vehicles for both your fleet and your customers.
  • Solar Street Lighting: Improve public spaces and parking areas with energy-efficient lighting that reduces electricity costs and carbon footprint.

Is Your Company Eligible?

The fund is open to small and medium businesses in East Suffolk, including sole traders, limited companies, business partnerships, not-for-profit groups, and social enterprises. It supports various sectors, from wholesale to healthcare. To qualify for physical upgrades or improvements, applicants must own the property or have the landlord apply. All applicants must fill out a subsidy declaration in the application. For details on subsidy control, visit the UK Shared Prosperity Fund website.

Deadline for Applications


Round dates (applications open and close) 

Dates of Appraisals 

Panel Meeting 

Round 1 

11th April 2023 – 31st May 2023 

1st June 2023 – 22nd June 2023 

w/c 3rd July 2023 

Round 2 

1st August 2023 – 29th September 2023 

2nd October 2023 – 20th October 2023 

w/c 30th October 2023 

Round 3 

6th November 2023 – 22nd December 2023 

2nd January 2024 – 19th January 2024 

w/c 29th January 2024 

Round 4 

1st April 2024 – 31st May 2024 

3rd June 2024 – 21st June 2024 

w/c 1st July 2024 

Round 5 

5th August 2024 – 27th September 2024 

30th September 2024 – 18th October 2024 

w/c 28th October 

Round 6 

4th November 2024 – 6th January 2025 

7th January 2025 – 21st January 2025 

w/c 3rd February 

How to apply

To access funding through the East Suffolk Business Move to Net Zero Grant, please complete their online application form.

East Suffolk Business Move to Net Zero Application Process

How we can help

At Sunlite, we’re your go-to experts in solar solutions. Our team excels in every phase of the solar installation process, from the initial design to the final installation. Contact us today to discover how you can take advantage of the Suffolk Business Grant Scheme with our help.

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