CARES funding surgeries

Our lunchtime funding surgeries are an opportunity to explore this funding call’s themes and the support available in more detail, ask the team questions, and find out the next steps in how to apply.

If you’d like to attend, please email us for a secure Zoom link. 

CARES for beginners – an introduction to CARES, Thursday 25 June 1.30pm – 2pm
A basic introduction to CARES funding and support. A useful introductory session for anyone who hasn’t applied for CARES funding before.

Community buildings, Monday 29 June 12.30pm – 1pm
Community building projects - installing solar PV on the roof a community-owned building such as a village or church hall, sports centre or community hub, for example – are ideally suited to those aiming to reduce carbon emissions with a whole-systems approach. Projects can also demonstrate renewable energy systems, low carbon heating and energy efficiency measures to the wider community. View our ‘energy options for community buildings’ and  ‘photovoltaic installation on a community building’ guides for more information.

Vacant and derelict land, Tuesday 30 June 12pm – 12.30pm 
Vacant and derelict land can cause social, economic and environmental harm in our communities.  Local energy projects might form part of the solution. CARES can support feasibility work and business cases to understand options. We can also provide advice and guidance on working with other bodies such as the Scottish Land Commission and local authorities. Find out more about how to develop project ideas on this theme.

Off-grid, Wednesday 1 July 1.30pm – 2pm
Off grid communities are often great examples of resilience and are innovators of energy generation. In this session we will look at how CARES aims to support communities’ next steps to energy security, transition to net zero, and decarbonising heat.

Local energy projects, Thursday 2 July 1.30pm – 2pm
Local energy system projects take a whole-system approach. They are innovative and integrated projects that combine some or all elements of energy generation, storage, transport, electricity and heat. They are ideally suited to those working towards net-zero carbon emissions. Find out what types of projects CARES can support and explore if such a project works for you.

Rural businesses and farms, Friday 3 July 12pm – 12.30pm 
This session will outline considerations for those in control of farm scale enterprises looking to make a change in their energy use and carbon emissions. It applies to a range of farm and estate buildings, agricultural options and processes requiring energy for heating, drying, refrigeration, power, process, production or transport. We are keen to build a strong pipeline of potential projects that can transform energy use in our rural economies. Find out what types of projects CARES can support and explore if such a project works for you. View our ‘energy options for farms and agriculture’ site guide for more information.

Community asset transfer, Monday 6 July 1.30pm – 2pm
Community energy projects can reduce running costs in community owned buildings and/or generate income to support a business case for land asset transfers. Find out if a community energy project might suit your circumstances via a community asset transfer project. CARES can support feasibility and option appraisal studies to help you understand the potential viability and revenue of such projects.