The second phase of the Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Fund (LCSF) has opened for applications, allowing public sector organisations apply for new grant funding to help put a heat decarbonisation plan in place.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has allocated a pot of £15 million of funding for Phase 2 LCSF, with £11.5 million available to public sector organisations and a ring-fence of protected funding of £3.5m for schools, for which applications will open in September.

Unlike the previous phase of PSDS funding, this second phase will offer grants for organisations to engage the specialist and expert advice and skills required to prepare a Heat Decarbonisation Plans rather than carrying out works. The BEIS has stated that the purpose of the scheme is to encourage organisations to “think more strategically and be better prepared for future decarbonisation opportunities”. The LCSF is part of the government’s wider public sector decarbonisation scheme (PSDS) and overall UK Net Zero target by 2050.

Funding applications, which are being managed by Salix, are open to a wide range of public sector bodies, including central government departments, emergency services and NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts. The education establishments that can apply include maintained schools within the state education system (including academies, Multi-Academy Trusts and free schools), nursery schools maintained by a local authority and institutions of further and higher education.

Lea Hough’s team has a strong track record of attaining funding via decarbonisation schemes having made a number of applications in Phase 1 of the PSDS. To speak to us about the LCSF or about Heat Decarbonisation Plans more generally, please get in touch.

More information on phase 2 of the LCSF can be found here.

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