Scottish Enterprise funding for green jobs

A new series of funding rounds to help businesses in the Scottish Enterprise area create jobs that contribute to improving the environment and achieving net zero emissions.

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Offers grants between £50,000 and £500,000. This can support between 10% and 50% of eligible project costs depending on factors such as company size, location and project activities.


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This green jobs funding is being delivered as competitive funding calls, which are rounds of funding that open and close periodically for fixed amounts of time and from which the best projects will be chosen for support. The green jobs calls aim to support businesses to create and maintain jobs that improve the environment, and to support projects that align to the Scottish Government net zero policies. By ‘net zero’, we mean the Scottish Government’s commitment to achieving net zero carbon and greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

The first call is aimed at supporting businesses to:

  • Create green jobs (these are new jobs that relate directly to the transition to net zero) or facilitate the transition of a job from non-green to green
  • Minimise environmental impacts by developing sustainable low carbon products or services

The first call will open for applications on Tuesday 18 May and close on Tuesday 15 June 2021. A second call will be announced later in the year.

Scottish Enterprise will be running webinars before 18 May which will give more information about the call and offer an opportunity for you to ask questions: sign up for email updates to learn more.

This call:

  • Is for businesses located in the Scottish Enterprise area, or looking to set up a trading location in this area before 1 October 2021
    • (The Scottish Enterprise area generally includes the central belt, Ayrshire, Stirlingshire, Tayside and Aberdeenshire. Businesses in the Highlands and Islands, Moray, Dumfries and Galloway, and the Scottish Borders are unlikely to be in the Scottish Enterprise area)
  • Offers grants between £50,000 and £500,000
  • Can support between 10% and 50% of eligible project costs depending on factors such as company size, location and project activities
  • Is for businesses looking to create jobs that are directly related to sustainability and reducing carbon emissions (green jobs)
  • Is also for businesses undertaking activities that will result in green jobs, including investing in premises, purchasing capital equipment or conducting research and development
  • Involves a claims process rather than a single up-front payment – this means you’ll need to pay for your project costs and then claim eligible costs back from your grant
  • Is a competitive discretionary grant – applications will be assessed based on their merit against a scoring criteria. Not all eligible applicants will receive funding

Some business types will not be eligible, including retail, leisure, service sector, and businesses that only operate in a small local area. See the funding page for more details.


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