Elderly people's residential care homes support programme specification

Programme overview

Elderly people's residential care homes form a key part of North Yorkshire's social and economic fabric and are high energy users. The programme will address funding and knowledge gaps preventing theses businesses taking effective action on net zero, and aid development and delivery of net zero interventions for this sector through the provision of a Net Zero Audit.

Who can apply

Micro, small and medium sized enterprises (those with up to 250 staff) including:

  • sole traders
  • community interest companies and community enterprises

Application exclusions

  • start up businesses

What support will be provided

Sustainability audits will provide businesses with a free in-depth assessment of business operations, giving businesses a full picture of their current environmental impact and carbon footprint and will include:

  • scope 1: direct carbon emissions usually from energy use (not electric) and fleet transport (not electric vehicle)
  • scope 2: indirect carbon emissions calculations largely from electricity used, including electric vehicles and offset with any current renewable energy generation
  • scope 3: emissions from waste, business commuting and logistics, production, and packaging and water use
  • an assessment describing general trends and opportunities for greenhouse gas reduction
  • circular economy: making best use of resources and saving money including waste generation by type and volume, water use, making items repairable
  • a list of action areas, or hotspots, with suggestions for reducing impact and delivering cost savings
  • a review of climate adaptation impacts and options to increase climate resilience
  • a review of ‘supporting nature’, where this could help to reduce greenhouse gas and adaptation

A sustainability audit may enable a further application to the Business Sustainability grants programme.

Programme specific outputs and outcomes

  • reduced greenhouse gas emissions

Programme monitoring and evaluation requirements

Evaluation will be expected to be complete towards the end of a 12 month period when the support has had time to impact on practice or progress. A reminder will be sent at this time. The evaluation requirements will be stated/provided in the service level agreement at the point of agreeing to work with the team.

When do projects need to be completed by

  • completion by February 2025

Information on application appraisal methods and award timescales

Please apply using the pre-application form. This will be screen for eligibility and sent to the most appropriate adviser who will contact you in the first instance to start determining the level/type of support needed.

Opening date for applications

  • 25 September 2023

How to apply

Please complete a  pre-application form (pdf / 271 KB).

Further information

Data protection

Please note that by submitting a pre-application or full application form, you are consenting to any personal data collected being processed by North Yorkshire Council and shared with partners involved in the delivery of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. This includes the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and its contractors. The personal data will be held for the purposes of contacting applicants and assessing applications. You can find out about your data protection and subject access rights on our website.