Funding bids open for green projects in West Midlands - The Solihull Observer

Funding bids open for green projects in West Midlands

Solihull Editorial 16th Feb, 2018   0

ORGANISATIONS across Solihull can take advantage of development funds totalling £11.6 million.

The funding is part of the region’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Operational Programme.

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has set up the funding to stimulate economic development across the region.

Part of the programme, worth £7.7 million, aims to develop the low carbon economy.

The low carbon industry in Greater Birmingham consists of 1,580 companies, employing nearly 29,000 people.

Applicants can apply for project funding worth at least £500,000.

Pat Laughlin, GBSLEP Sector Champion for Low Carbon and Environmental Technologies, said: “These funding packages provide opportunities for organisations across Greater Birmingham and Solihull to help reduce the reliance on carbon in the economy, while protecting the environment through efficient resource management.

“GBSLEP’s Sustainable Urban Development Strategy outlines the focus on sustainability in the built and natural environments, for example the Zero Emissions Cities initiative in the Smithfield area surrounding the HS2 station at Curzon Street.

“This is a unique opportunity for organisations that want to be a part of HS2 and have something to offer the region either economically or in protecting the physical environment.

“Building on GBSLEP’s Strategic Economic Plan, nearly £12million worth of funding is available to apply for until March 30.

“I would encourage all organisations eligible for the funding to be in contact with GBSLEP before the end of March.”

A second funding package – valued at £3.9 million – aims to protect the environment and promote resource efficiency.

The minimum value will also be £500,000.

Successful applications will link with GBSLEP’s HS2 Growth Strategy and Sustainable Urban Development Strategy, which are designed to maximise the economic impact of the arrival of HS2.

West Midlands mayor Andy Street has recently welcomed designer and architect appointments for the controversial High Speed Rail project.

Organisations have until March 30 to apply for the funding.


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