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ENERGY EFFICIENT COMMUNITIES

Street lights and wind farm at sunset
Street lights and wind farm at sunset

Save energy and reduce your carbon footprint

We're working with Zero Waste Scotland to help communities identify the most cost-effective energy saving solutions for their projects.

Whether you're building a new community facility, or improving an existing one, seeking advice from Zero Waste Scotland’s free Energy Efficiency Business Support Service will help you understand which energy efficiency measures or energy generation options are available. These options will help you save energy, reduce your carbon footprint and ultimately save on costs.

Zero Waste Scot Energy Efficient Business Support logoZero Waste Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Business Support Service is funded by the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund. Their support is completely impartial and free to small and medium-sized enterprises in Scotland, including community groups and charities.

If you're applying to Foundation Scotland for funding towards such a project, we expect you to use this service. In most cases, it will be sensible to take advantage of Zero Waste Scotland’s free energy efficiency assessment during the planning stages for your project. This will help you identify the most cost-effective energy saving measures for your building. If you do not wish to have such an assessment, we will need to know why before considering your funding application in detail. Applications towards minor building repairs or alterations may be exempt, if in doubt please contact the fund coordinator.

If you are seeking funding specifically towards energy saving improvements for a community building, you must also seek advice from Zero Waste Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Business Support Service. We will need to see evidence that Zero Waste Scotland has been asked to advise on the suitability of your proposed project and the value for money and carbon savings it offers. 

Zero Waste Scotland can also provide access to zero interest loans with cashback grants for some energy saving measures. We expect applicants to explore whether they are eligible for this funding before any application to Foundation Scotland.