Funding Support by Resource Efficient Scotland

2nd February 2017

Funding Options for Resource Efficiency Projects

Some of the most common queries we receive at Creative Carbon Scotland is how cultural organisations can find funding for their carbon reduction and resource efficiency initiatives. Here we explain how Resource Efficient Scotland might be able to support such work, or provide advice on finding finance.

Resource Efficient Scotland, a government programme delivered by Zero Waste Scotland, exist to help organisations reduce their costs and increase their resource efficiency. Much of their work is concentrated towards SMEs: a category into which many arts organisations fall.

There are lots of different funding models and opportunities available, and often it is about identifying which grant or loan scheme is accessible to your organisation, suits the project you wish to undertake, and is accepting applications at that time.

Take a look at the Resource Efficient Scotland funding webpage now.

Here are three examples of available funding options:

Grant Funding through the Resource Efficiency Waste Prevention Fund

  • Grant funding of up to £100k for waste prevention measures, particularly focussed on food and drink, construction and commercial or industrial waste.
  • Can be used for things like signage, bins, machinery and more efficient catering equipment.

Interest-free SME loans from Resource Efficient Scotland

  • Up to £100k loans to support the purchase of equipment and systems that save energy, water or waste.
  • Changes to building fabric, heating and air conditioning systems, renewables adoption and waste and water efficiency. A non-exhaustive list can be found here. 

Interest-free Low-Carbon Transport Loan

  • Up to £100k loans to reduce the carbon footprint of business travel, funded through Transport Scotland, and justified through a Sustainable Transport Review carried out by the organisation.
  • Can be used to fund initiatives around video conferencing, cycling facilities and electric cars and vans.

Resource Efficient Scotland have also produced a guide to help build the business case for resource efficiency improvements, when presenting ideas to management and other key stakeholders. This could be of particular use for green champions aiming to seek funding from within their organisation, or when aiming to attract external funding sources. Click here to download their guide on making the business case. 


For more information on funding and resources available, Resource Efficient Scotland’s funding website.

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