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Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

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Zero Waste Scotland - SME Loan Fund


The SME Loan provides unsecured, interest free loans from for the installation of energy efficient measures such as lighting and heating upgrades, double glazing and insulation. The loan can be used to pay for:

  • heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrades: from single improvements to controls to complete system replacement
  • lighting systems: fitting and controls
  • building fabric: including insulation, draft-proofing, double and secondary glazing
  • water saving: be it installing a grey water system, harvesting rain water or sampling installing water efficient taps
  • waste reduction: installation of equipment to improve handing and reduce waste at source.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland

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Who can apply

The scheme is aimed at providing loan funding for Scottish businesses that fall within the European Commission definition of Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME), not-for-profit organisations and charities.


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When to apply

Applications are processed on a rolling basis all year round, subject to the overall availability of loan funds.

How to apply

Contact the Resource Efficient Scotland helpline on 0800 808 2268 or fill in the online form. A personal adviser will help you identify eligible measures that will reduce your energy use before you submit your loan application.

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Activites funded: Environment Energy

Beneficiaries funded: Voluntary sector organisations

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