Urgent notice for Plymouth businesses! The deadline for applying for a Plymouth workplace travel grant is the 31st of January 2022.
After events such as COP26, the UK’s priority is to move towards zero emissions across all sectors. To achieve that mission, there is help on offer for businesses looking to reduce their emissions.
Besides plenty of money set aside for R&D tax credit claims for those companies undergoing research projects to become more eco-friendly, there are local grants you can apply for to receive financial help towards making your business more sustainable. One of those grants available for companies in the Plymouth City region (a city where TS Partners has one of their branches) is the Workplace Travel Grants.
What Are the Workplace Travel Grants?
There is £750,000 available for local businesses looking to invest in ways to help their employees sustainably travel to and from work.
The grants are part of the Council’s Productive Plymouth Transforming Cities Fund programme, funded by the Department for Transport. Plymouth City Council is offering £25,000 per site for local businesses that want to introduce measures that enable sustainable transport for their employees.
The grants are match-funded grants with the Council. If your business is approved for the grant, the Council will contribute a maximum of 75% of the pre-VAT scheme costs.
Your business can apply for this grant for projects promoting sustainable transport, such as secure cycle parking, pool bikes, workplace shower facilities, and electric vehicle charging points (although certain limitations apply to these projects, click here for more details). Bids aren’t limited to these ideas, and the Council is open to hearing other innovative proposals to encourage sustainable transport, which may be specific to your company.
What Can You Use the Grant For?
For the grant to be awarded through the scheme, the financial aid must be used for investment in capital and not in revenue projects.
Projects which can qualify include:
- Site access improvements for cycling and walking to work
- Improved cycle parking
- Shower/drying/changing facilities
- Electric vehicle (EV) charging points and signage
This is not a complete list, and innovative methods are encouraged so long as they support sustainable travel to work.
Your business can claim a maximum of 75% of the pre-VAT costs or £25,000 financial aid to provide sustainable workplace travel projects.
For your project to obtain financial support, your business is required to undertake site-wide staff travel surveys. The first survey takes place after confirmation of the grant being awarded but before the project begins. The second is done a year after the project is completed and will require monitoring any changes in travel habits after the project is finished.
Applying and Deadline
The deadline for applying for the Workplace Travel Grant is the 31st of January 2022, and you can find the application form here.
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