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Plugged-in communities grant fund

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Please note that this page contains information and links most relevant for people living in Scotland.

This fund is now closed. For any inquires please email

The plugged-in communities grant fund (formerly Plugged-in Households) will continue supporting Scottish community transport organisations in 2023/24. 

About the plugged-in communities grant fund 

The plugged in communities grant fund supports community transport operators in Scotland to purchase or lease zero emission community transport vehicles. 

The funding can cover 100% of costs for one vehicle, either purchase cost or lease costs, to support community trips and services, up to £75,000 per vehicle. This excludes VAT (unless deemed non-reclaimable), and no match funding is required.  

This can cover the following zero-emission vehicles: 

  • Cars 
  • Light goods vehicles
  • Minibuses 
  • Mopeds/ motorcycles 

The additional funding follows a popular round 1 fund, launched last year, which supported community transport organisations and highlighted the high demand from the sector to help make the switch to zero emission vehicles.   

To apply for this fund, please complete our pre-application check found below. 

Plugged in communities pre-application form


Business chargepoint funding

Scotland's public chargepoint network survey and user panel

Energy Saving Trust has been asked by Transport Scotland to research the public charging network and users’ experiences. 

By participating in the survey or user panel, your insights will play a vital role in shaping the future of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in Scotland. Your answers will be used to identify pain points, understand your needs, and highlight areas for improvement to make EV charging more user-friendly for drivers across Scotland. 

Fill out the survey

Participants of the user panel will receive a £25 online voucher as reimbursement after their session ends. Terms and conditions apply. 

Previous funding

Previous rounds of funding supported housing associations, housing cooperatives and community groups, and included the launch of zero-emission car club services for residents and local communities. 

Calling all EV drivers in Scotland

Share your EV charging experiences and you could win £50.

We want to hear from you about your EV charging experiences at one of Scotland’s public chargepoint networks. Help us to identify barriers, understand your needs, and highlight areas for improvement to make public EV charging more user-friendly for drivers across Scotland.

Fill out the survey

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Last updated: 8 November 2023