CHARGE POINT GRANT FUNDING FOR SMES EXPLAINED.
EV charge point & infrastructure
grant funding for SMEs.
With electric vehicle registrations rising monthly and
a nationwide sustainability agenda established, the
UK government has introduced a unique grant funding
initiative for SMEs.
Who can claim the EV
This grant is specifically for small to medium-sized
businesses that have a desire to install charging
infrastructure across their properties. The business
must either be registered at Companies House or VAT
registered with HMRC. If it is not registered at either,
the business will not be eligible for the grant.
The business must have 249 employees or less to be
eligible for the grant funding.
What are the rules?
- A business can claim up to five grants in total. Each
grant must be separate sites that the business
owns, leases or rents.
- The charging points can only be used for staff or
- Visitors cannot use the charging points.
- The grant supports the provision of charging
points and future charging point locations when
chargers will be installed at a later date. A minimum
of five parking spaces must be provisioned with
charging infrastructure, and at least one of those
spaces must have a working charging point installed.
- Each grant application can be up to a maximum of
£15,000. If more charging points are required, the
Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) can be used.
- One application must be handled by one installer.
- The charging points required for the grant must
be on the Workplace Charging Scheme Approved
Is your location eligible
for the EV grants?
The EV infrastructure grant covers England, Wales,
Scotland and Northern Ireland. Locations in the Channel
Islands and Isle of Man are not covered.
Where an installation requires cabling or other parts of
the installation to be placed in or on another person’s
property or public land, access rights and permissions
must be agreed upon by all parties using legally binding
arrangements, such as legal covenants, before an
What are the parking
- The car park must possess at least five EV charging
parking spaces. The spaces must be clearly marked.
- The parking facilities must be clearly associated with
the applicant’s property and be either on-site or a
reasonable distance from the place of work.
- Installation of charging points must be situated
across private off-street parking.
- Businesses must own the land or have sole legal
rights to it.
What are the requirements for
EV charging infrastructure?
The EV infrastructure grant supports the cost of
installing the necessary infrastructure for charging
points, and for future charging points to be
The charging infrastructure must include at least the
- A new electrical connection at a metered electrical
supply point, such as a consumer unit or feeder pillar.
- A dedicated, safe, unobstructed route for electrical
cabling from the electrical supply point to the
installed charging points and any future connection
- Any future connection locations.
- Provisions to facilitate the safe installation of an
electric vehicle charging point.
- Any charging points that are installed.
Additional eligible costs:
In addition to supporting the installation of charging
infrastructure, the EV infrastructure grant also supports
costs towards any software to manage and maintain
the charging points, grid connections, associated
signage, civil engineering works and more.
How much can you claim through
the EV infrastructure grant?
- Businesses can claim up to £500 for the charging
infrastructure per parking space.
- Businesses can claim up to £350 towards the
purchase and installation of a charging socket.
- The total amount of grant funding available cannot
be more than 75% of the cost of the installation of
the charging points and infrastructure charged to the customer.