Woodland Management Grant
Funding is available for a wide range of woodland management related activity. This includes management planning, site works primarily focusing on young woodland, woodland infrastructure, managing pests and diseases, woodland management training, public access works and community engagement and development.

Owners and managers of Forest sites including organisations, charities, local authorities, companies or individuals within the Forest area can apply.

For more information and details of how to apply for this fund please contact Charles Robinson at The National Forest Company.

Glastir: The Sustainable Land Management Scheme for Wales is a 5 year whole farm sustainable land management scheme available to farmers and land managers across Wales.

The objectives of Glastir are:
Managing soils to help conserve our carbon stocks and reduce soil erosion
Improving water quality and reducing surface run-off
Managing water to help reduce flood risks
Conserving and enhancing wildlife and biodiversity
Managing and protecting landscapes and the historic environment
Creating new opportunities to improve access and understanding of the countryside.

Follow the link to see the Glastir Entry Booklet 1: General Guidance 2015

Renewable Heat Incentive Training

Short Course Vouchers (for Existing Heating Installers)
The short course vouchers are aimed at existing plumbing and heating engineers in order to encourage them to undertake training in renewable heating technologies.

This part of the scheme will deliver vouchers worth 75% of the cost of the training and assessment, up to a maximum of £500 per voucher (including VAT).

A maximum of ten vouchers per company will be available. To be eligible the company must be a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME).

Vouchers will be available for:
Solar thermal
Heat pumps (both air source and ground source)

Apprenticeship Support Vouchers
The apprenticeship support scheme will support those nearing the end of their plumbing/heating apprenticeship to become skilled with one or more renewable technologies.

The apprenticeship support vouchers are worth up to £2,500(including VAT).

A maximum of ten vouchers per company will be available. To be eligible the company must be a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME).

RHI Training Support Scheme
The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world's first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat. It will support consumers who want to install renewable heating technologies by making payments to them for the heat that they generate.

The RHI training support scheme is designed to help installers gain the qualifications required to become MCS-certified and get involved in the installation and maintenance of domestic renewable heat technologies including solar thermal, heat pumps and biomass systems.

Although the scheme is principally only available in England, if you can meet two out of the following three criteria you may be eligible:

Are you a permanent resident in England?
Do you work predominantly in England?
Is your employer's principal office, or the office where you are based, in England?

Ynni'r Fro Grant Funding
The Welsh Government’s Ynni’r Fro programme uses European Structural Funds to offer social enterprises grant aid, loans and free, independent, hands-on advice and information to help social enterprises develop their own community scale renewable energy schemes across Wales.

Preparatory Stage Grants
Up to £30,000 is available to fund early stage activities to help projects get off the ground, such as environmental surveys, planning applications and community engagement activity.

Capital Grants
A grant of up to £300,000 is available towards the capital costs of a renewable energy project.

Follow this link for more information from the Energy Saving Trust's website: Ynni'r Fro Grant Funding

Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECAs), administered by the Carbon Trust, are a straightforward way for a business to improve its cash flow through accelerated tax relief. The scheme encourages businesses to invest in energy saving plant or machinery to help reduce carbon emissions.

The Carbon Trust also provides 100% interest free loans of £3k - £100k to Sme's

Free Energy Surveys for Businesses

Help for Mid Wales Residents may be available via the Windfall Trust

Windfall collects a proportion of the revenue from energy generation in Mid Wales and redistributes it among local communities. This money is offered as grants for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to communities, householders, farmers, schools and businesses across Mid Wales.

The basic income is supplemented through match funding from UK and EU sources to maximise the financial capacity of the scheme. Windfall (officially called the Mid Wales Community Energy Trust or MWCET) is a not-for-profit company set up specifically to fulfil these aims.

Help for installers seeking MCS certification - The Welsh Microgen Network was launched in November 2010 by the Environment Minister Jane Davidson at the Kenfig Nature Reserve Visitor Centre in Bridgend.

The network, which has been established with the co-operation of the industry, has been set up so that installers of renewable technology can have constructive discussions about the issues that really matter to them.

It has been launched as part of a wider package of support aimed at helping Welsh SMEs to profit from the renewable energy sector. This includes interest free loans and practical advice to help installers through the industry certification process.

There can also be other grants such as the Big Lottery Fund for larger or community projects and, from time to time, other domestic grants may be available in specific areas through local government or charities.

Please get in touch with us if you know of a relevant source of funding that is not listed here.

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