D2EE eligibility criteria

The following business areas are not eligible for D2 Energy Efficiency audits and grants:

  • Social welfare activities and facilities including schools, hospitals, nursing homes, fire stations, libraries, parks and leisure centres
  • Education and training
  • Sports facilities
  • Organisations directly involved in the primary production, processing and marketing of agricultural products (including fishery and aquaculture)
  • Coal, steel, and shipbuilding industries
  • Synthetic fibre industries
  • Banking and insurance

The guide below should help you to check if your businesses is eligible. Please contact us if you are not sure about eligibility.

Eligibility guide

D2EE grants are from an EU fund primarily aimed at small and medium sized industrial and commercial companies. Recent changes have made it possible for the D2EE project to support retail businesses in some situations. All grants are externally audited, and it is the auditor’s decision as to whether a business is eligible. For this reason we have to be cautious, because any grants that the auditor judges to be ineligible will need to be repaid to the funder.

 The following questions will help you work out whether your business is eligible:

1. Is the business a Small or Medium Sized Enterprise (SME)? This is defined as a company with less than 250 employees and either a turnover of less than € 50m or a balance sheet total of less than € 43m. The business must be no more than 25% owned by a company that isn’t an SME.

  • No – sorry, your business is not eligible
  • Yes – continue below

2. Is your business in the “social care” sector? (provision of local social welfare facilities e.g. hospitals, nursing homes, fire stations, child-minding facilities, sports facilities, parks, public libraries)

  • Yes – sorry, your business is not eligible (see note at end)
  • No – continue below

3. Does your business operate from business premises, paying business rates and a business electricity / gas tariff?

  • No – sorry your business is not eligible
  • Yes – continue below

4. Does at least 50% of the business income come from trading (not including membership fees, grants etc.)?

  • No – sorry your business is not eligible
  • Yes – continue below

5. Does your business use enough energy to allow the D2EE project to help you save enough energy to meet our grant threshold?

Projects need to save a minimum of 1,600kWh of electricity or 3,100kWh of gas. This means that if your annual energy use is less than around 15,000kWh electricity and / or 30,000kWh gas we may not be able to help you with a grant.

The minimum project size is £1,550 not including VAT (subject to the energy savings), which must all be paid for in advance. Some smaller businesses may not be able to afford this investment, or find that the work they require may not cost this amount.

Your business may be too small if:

  • It only occupies a few small rooms
  • It has less than 30 light fittings (of fluorescent type or larger)
  • It is open less than 5 days a week
  • It has no current heating

If you are in doubt please contact us so we can make an assessment. Please be aware that it may take us a few weeks to process this information as we have to prioritise companies and projects that are clearly eligible.

Social welfare, including Sports Facilities

The D2EE project has not yet received guidance from the Ministry of Homes, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) as to which sports businesses are included under this classification. Until clarification has been provided, grant applications from the following businesses will not be considered:

  • Local sports clubs (including golf, football, tennis, etc.)
  • Gyms and fitness centres
  • Wellness centres

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Contact details

Post address:
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 642029
Minicom: 01332 640666

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