The Sustainability Fund is aimed at individuals, community groups and businesses to encourage and support micro scale renewable energy projects and energy efficiency projects.
The aim of this fund is to help islanders address climate change by reducing energy consumption and by reducing the carbon footprint of energy that is consumed. A further benefit is to reduce energy bills to help address fuel poverty and to improve financial sustainability of community buildings.
Examples of projects that will be supported include:
- Solar PV
- Solar thermal
- Installation of Heat Pumps to replace fossil fuel heating systems
- Small scale wind
- External wall insulation
- Internal wall insulation
- Draught proofing
- Replacement of single glazed windows with double or triple glazing
It is hoped to supplement schemes by UK and Scottish Government and by Argyll and Bute Council to help make such projects more viable for residents.
Evidence will be required of Government or Council grant offers and quotations for work to be done.
The Sustainability Fund value is £20,000 and grants of up to £1,000 are available for individuals and businesses.
Successful applicants must complete reporting forms post funding and provide proof of purchases with receipts and a breakdown of spending. Each application will be reviewed on an individual basis and seek repayment if the expenditure turns out to be less than anticipated.
Applications are invited from constituted community groups, residents and businesses based on Mull, Iona Ulva, Gometra and Erraid. Community groups must have a bank account for which two or more signatures are required to authorise payments.
Information and Guidance
- This programme cannot support internal staff costs
- Applications should provide information on what expenditure is for
- Where applicable community groups must attach evidence of your financial stability and support within the wider community for your project
- If awarded, you will be expected to spend the grant within twelve months and provide evidence of how it has been used. Such evidence would include photographs and a report. You may not re-apply to the Sustainability Fund.
Up to £1,000 or £2,500