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Financial support for public sector organisations

There are a few funding schemes which are dedicated to supporting the public sector to reduce their carbon emissions in line with the UK government’s 2050 net-zero target.

In recent years, these schemes have been released, usually in phases and under a timed application period, to provide financial support against the delivery of efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects.

Inspired already work with over 1,200 public sector organisations, helping many of them to reduce their carbon footprint on their path to net-zero, so we are well equipped to support your organisation with any applications and project fulfilment.


Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme

Phase 3c of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) has recently been announced with up to £230m provided for projects for the financial year 2024/25. The application portal is expected to open in Autumn 2023.

Inspired can assess whether your organisation is eligible and can support you in preparing your application, taking care of the admin and making sure that you’re given the best possible chance of receiving funding. All previous funding has been allocated within minutes of opening, so we highly recommend that you have your project applications ready to submit before the portal opens.

We can also conduct feasibility studies and prepare investment-grade proposals for any efficiency projects, identifying suitable technologies that would benefit your organisation. If approved, we can project manage your energy efficiency projects for you. We will oversee implementation and any ongoing maintenance of your projects – just leave it to us.

Low Carbon Skills Fund (LCSF)

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) has made up to £17 million of funding available for this phase to help public sector organisations in developing plans to reduce their heating-related carbon emissions. The LCSF scheme will provide financial support to help approved applicants to create or improve their Heat Decarbonisation Plan.

Inspired has a great success rate on submitted applications to the LCSF scheme. Funding is usually awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, so it is really important to submit your application as soon as possible once the application window opens.

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HDP for Bedford College Group

Bedford College Group needed to produce a Heat Decarbonisation Plan for selected sites where they had received funding for projects under the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.

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To discuss an application, check your eligibility, or understand more about the funding options available to your organisation, please speak to one of our experts.