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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.

  • The 2021/22 round of funding is currently closed to applications.

The Plugged-in Communities Grant Fund (formerly Plugged-in Households) is an opportunity for not-for-profit housing associations, housing cooperatives and constituted community groups in Scotland to apply for funding to procure the services of a zero-emission car club vehicle, for use by their tenants and the wider community.

In 2021/22, Energy Saving Trust is looking to support community transport services in Scotland to procure zero-emission vehicles. The fund is aimed at community transport organisations only. Through this pilot funding, we aim to support a limited number of community transport services operators. Please email us at pluggedinhouseholds@est.org.uk for more information about the fund.

Plugged-in Communities is funded by Transport Scotland and delivered by Energy Saving Trust.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must meet all the following criteria to be eligible for funding under the Plugged-in Communities Grant Fund:

Recognised community transport organisation or operator in Scotland with a UK bank account.

  • Applicant must be providing community transport services. The Community Transport Association define community transport as ‘flexible and accessible community-led solutions in response to unmet local transport needs, and often represents the only means of transport for many vulnerable and isolated people, often older people or people with disabilities’.
  • Deliver services in rural areas (class 5 or 6 of the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification, 6-fold) OR deliver services to communities in deprived areas as classed by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (services must reach people living in areas in the bottom 20%).
  • Commitment to apply, and install, electric vehicle charge points (unless applying for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles) using electric vehicle infrastructure grant funding for each zero-emission vehicle funded through Plugged-in Communities. This is to be applied for separately through Energy Saving Trust.
  • Commitment to assist Energy Saving Trust and Transport Scotland with the distribution of surveys to residents to assist with monitoring of the scheme.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that receipt of additional funding will not breach new public subsidy rules.

Application guidance

The below video offers guidance for completing the application form.

Advice sessions

We will be hosting online advice sessions on the following dates:

  • Thursday 12 August 10am – 4pm
  • Friday 13 August 11am – 4pm
  • Thursday 26 August 10am – 4pm
  • Friday 27 August 11pm – 4pm

These drop in sessions will provide additional support with completion of applications.

If you are interested in attending any of these clinics, please email pluggedinhouseholds@est.org.uk with your preferred date and time and we will respond with further details.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the current round of funding for community transport organisations, please email pluggedinhouseholds@est.org.uk for an application form and guidance.

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.

Funding awarded

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Last updated: 15 September 2021