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Workplace Charging Scheme for State-Funded Schools

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Recently the government announced EV charging grants for state funded schools and educational institutions. The EV charger funding means state funded schools can qualify for up to a maximum of £2,500 per socket off the cost of installing EV chargers at schools.

A stand out benefit of the workplace charging scheme for state funded schools is that unlike the workplace charging scheme there are no restrictions, once installed on-site the EV chargers can be used by anyone.

EV charger grant funding now available for state-funded schools

The government has recently announced a workplace charging scheme for schools, this scheme is aimed at state-funded schools and education institutions.

The new grant funding scheme is to run alongside the existing workplace charging scheme and does not replace it.

What is the Workplace Charging Scheme for state-funded schools?

In a bid to increase the EV charging infrastructure within the UK, the government has announced an addition to the workplace charging scheme. This scheme is aimed solely at state-funded schools. The original workplace charging scheme is still available if your educational institution is not state-funded.

The new scheme offers 75% off the cost of purchase, installation and the associated infrastructure for EV chargers for schools and state-funded educational institutions. Funding available is up to £2,500 per EV charging socket, this is a significant increase on the £350 available with the workplace charging scheme. As the scheme can be used for up to 40 sockets schools with multiple sites can also claim.

Who can apply for the Workplace Charging Scheme for state-funded schools?

The scheme is available if you run a state-funded school or educational institution in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. Independent schools may be applicable for funding from the workplace charging scheme.

What is the eligibility criteria for funding?

To apply for the workplace charging scheme for state funded schools you must have the following:

  • A current or future need for charging an electric vehicle on site.
  • Designated off street parking that clearly belongs to your business, these spaces can be for staff, or visitors use.
  • Have had an on site survey done by an approved EV installer to confirm that your site can support the installation of EV charging points.
  • Have not already applied for a grant for the same chargepoint under the EV infrastructure grant or any other scheme.
  • Have the authority to apply for the workplace charging scheme.

How to claim the workplace charging grant for state-funded schools.

Before applying for this scheme, we recommend you consult an approved EV installer like R-EV Power to complete a site survey. This survey will assess whether the site is suitable to support the number of sockets you want to install.

To apply you will need to complete the following:

  • Complete the online application form
  • Provide your ID, SEED or reference number which allows your identification as a school.
  • You will need to use an email address domain that matches the email domain of your institution to apply.
  • If applying for multiple schools or institutions you should complete a separate application for each.

Once successful you will receive an online voucher that is valid for 180 days. Within these 180 days, you will need to have your school EV chargers installed by an approved EV installation company such as R-EV Power.

Who can use EV chargers installed via workplace charging scheme for state funded schools?

The grant funding available for schools imposes no restrictions upon who can charge unlike the workplace charging scheme and other government incentives. If a school chooses to have EV chargers installed via the workplace charging scheme for state funded schools anyone can charge, this includes staff, visitors and even the general public.

Installing EV chargers onsite with government funding can bring a whole host of benefits to your state-funded school.

  • Attract staff with free EV charging
  • Promote a greener image to the public and potential new parents
  • Generate an income by charging the general public to charge EVs
  • Increase staff happiness by reducing range anxiety

With our assistance, we can help set your school EV chargers up on a billing platform. This could allow staff to charge for free or at a discounted rate. For the general public, you could set a premium charging cost to generate revenue. Using the billing platform you can also limit public access to the EV chargers to set times.

When does the workplace charging scheme for state-funded schools grant expire?

Free grant funding for EV chargers in school ends at midnight on 31st March 2025, so there is plenty of time to take full advantage of the available government funding.

Can independent schools access the EV charger grant for schools?

Unfortunately, independent schools cannot take advantage of this grant but the workplace charging scheme or EV infrastructure grant may be available to you.

If you’d like to find out more about the EV charger grant for schools speak to our expert team of EV charger installers on 01978 808517 or contact us for more information.

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