The UK's first green funding website exclusively for businesses has gone live - featuring more than £1.2 billion-worth of funding programmes on its free online searchable database.
T he Green Grants Machine (www.greengrantsmachine.co.uk) has been pioneered by funding experts j4b to help private sector organisations access the latest information on funding available to improve their environmental performance and reduce their energy costs.
It is the first time that much of the information has been free on an online database instead of on a subscription-only basis.
Jeremy Phillips, managing director of j4b, said: "For the last eight years j4b has helped people find out about business and community grants at www.j4brants.com. We have kept an eye on the kind of support sought by over 180,000 of our members and have noticed a gradual rise in searches for 'environmental grants'.
"In response, we are delighted to be able to offer this entirely free-to-use environmental grants search facility.
"We have already found sponsors for the site, which enables us to offer all our data in this area free-of-charge to all users following a simple and brief registration.
"The whole team here is thrilled about this exciting new venture and is looking forward to helping the UK business community save the planet."
The Green Grants Machine's funding content is delivered by an expert team of green funding researchers.
The information is updated daily and the website features more than 350 funding schemes available from local, regional, national and European sources.
The website also includes plain English advice about how any organisation can take simple actions to go green.
The site offers free access to information on the wide range of funding available to support businesses looking to go green.
Businesses considering large scale initiatives, like generating their own energy from renewable sources or developing new clean technologies, will find the latest fund information they need.
Smaller measures such as introducing a recycling scheme in the office or converting fleet vehicles to clean fuel are also catered for.
The website also features a green funding news and grant alert service to make sure that users keep up with all the latest developments in environmental business funding.
Jeremy added: "Many businesses may incur unnecessary costs if they fail to act.
"The Green Grants Machine reveals free information about funding that will help.
"I'd urge any organisations that don't want to get left behind to visit our website and find out more." n The Green Grants Machine's free grants information is available at www.greengrantsmachine.co.uk.