Low Carbon Skills Fund

What is the Low Carbon Skills Fund?

The Low Carbon Skills Fund (LCSF) is a government-funded initiative designed to support educational institutions in promoting low carbon and sustainability practices. It provides grants to facilitate expert advice and develop skills relevant to a low carbon future.

The primary aim of this fund is to empower schools to craft new heat decarbonisation plans and refine existing ones. This crucial step provides organisations with the opportunity to initiate the active implementation of decarbonisation measures. These actions include the formulation of project proposals that will assist in future funding applications for decarbonisation activities, such as the Public Sector Decarbonisation scheme (PSDS).

LCSF offers a valuable opportunity for educational establishments to engage in sustainability initiatives and develop green skills. At Eddisons, we specialise in assisting schools and colleges with the application process, helping them unlock the potential of the Low Carbon Skills Fund. The fund is available to a range of educational providers, including schools, sixth-form colleges, academies, maintained schools, and free schools.

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Phase 4 Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Fund

Phase 4 closed for applicants back in April 2023 and distributed a total of £17m worth of funding, with Salix acting as the delivery partner. The scheme proved to be as popular as ever, with the application platform closing after two days due to it being oversubscribed with over 750 applicants. Submissions were processed on a first-come, first-served basis, until each allocated application funding cap had reached capacity.

Phase 4 included three funding options:

  • Funding to develop or upgrade a heat decarbonisation plan
  • Create detailed designs for standalone projects based on existing heat decarbonisation plans
  • A combination of the two

Phase 5 Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Fund

Applications for Phase 5 will open on Wednesday 17 April 2024 and close on 1 May 2024, providing up to £16m worth of funding. However, it is important to note that the application process will be moving away from a first-come-first-served basis. Instead, applications will be assessed in a randomised order, before being rigorously evaluated, after Salix took on feedback to improve the user experience.

With the significant competition observed in previous phases for securing funding, schools are encouraged to be proactive in considering their applications now. This will ensure that they have a well-prepared application and bid package ready for submission when the new round begins.

How can we help?

Our team at Eddisons has vast experience in securing funding for educational institutions through the Low Carbon Skills Fund. We assist you throughout the application process to ensure your institution can embrace sustainability and green practices.

To explore how the Low Carbon Skills Fund can benefit your school or college and develop a sustainable future, contact Eddisons for a free consultation.

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