New European funding low carbon and environment calls in Greater Birmingham and Solihull

There are two new calls open for organisations to apply for European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) for their low carbon idea to be implemented in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) area.

The first is the new Priority 4 ERDF low carbon call, which opened today, 13 September, and closes on 10 November. This call, with a total value of £2.8m, is looking to support the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors, specifically:

  • Promoting the production and distribution of energy derived from renewable resources.
  • Promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in enterprises.
  • Supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including in public buildings, and in the housing sector.
  • Promoting low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and mitigation-relevant adaptation measures.
  • Promoting research and innovation in, and adoption of, low-carbon technologies.

Bids for projects that benefit the Transitional Areas of GBSLEP, i.e. East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Tamworth and Cannock Chase districts are particularly welcome. Also check out the new Priority 4 guidance to see more specifically what is eligible.

The second opportunity is the new Sustainable Urban Development Fund where £11.6m of ERDF is available for projects that focus on activities similar to the above, but also:

  • Protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil and promoting ecosystems services, including through Natura 2000 and green infrastructure.
  • Promoting innovative technologies to improve environmental protection and resource efficiency in the waste sector, water sector and with regard to soil, or to reduce air pollution.

Projects must also be focused on the HS2 corridor, in order to help mitigate the impact of construction.

This call is open until 30 March 2018 but this will be the only time that it is going to be opened.

SWM provides technical advice and guidance to organisations considering applying for these funds; contact enquiries@swm.org.uk for more information.