EV charging for schools – changes to grants

EV charging for schools – changes to grants

EV charging for schools - how to apply for a grant (image)

The regulations for electric vehicle (EV) charging in the education sector have changed. Read on to learn more about EV charging in schools and how to take advantage of the new changes.

In February 2024, the UK Government announced funding of £381 million to help local authorities install more EV charging points. A large amount of this money is earmarked for state-funded schools.

Under the scheme, the government will cover up to 75% of the cost of buying and installing EV charging points for schools, up to £2,500 per charging point. Previously the government only subsidised up to £350 per charging point, which is a significant increase.

The school EV charging grant is open to all state-funded schools including academies, colleges, nurseries, and special schools.

It’s expected that the scheme will be available until March 2025.

What are the criteria for EV charging for school grants?

  • You must have an existing or future need for charging an electric vehicle
  • You must have dedicated off-street parking associated with your school premises
  • Your school must be based in England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland. Schools in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man are not eligible
  • You must have had a site survey carried out to confirm your school infrastructure can support EV charging
  • You must have received less than £315,000 in minimal financial assistance over the past three years
  • You must be a state-funded education institution. Private schools can apply for funding through the general Workplace Charging Scheme
  • You can only claim for 40 charging points across all sites, including any applications previously made under the Workplace Charging Scheme. Academy trusts can apply for up to the maximum for each institution within the trust
  • You must use an OZEV-approved installer, of which Hawkesworth is one

What can I do with the EV charging points?

You can offer EV charging to teachers and school staff, as well as parents and members of the public.

You can also generate revenue by allowing people to use your EV charging points for a fee. If you want to open your charging points to the public and charge for usage, you must comply with the Public Chargepoint Regulations 2023.

I’d like to take advantage of the scheme – how do I get started?

Visit the gov.uk website and answer the questions – the website will advise if you’re eligible for the scheme and what you’re entitled to.

You will need the authority to make a claim on behalf of your school. You will also need to apply using an email address domain that matches the email domain of the school you are claiming for.

If you’re applying on behalf of multiple schools or educational institutions, you will need to fill in a separate form for each.

You don’t have to claim the maximum number of charging points at once. For example, you can claim twenty, and then claim the other twenty later.

If your claim is successful, you will receive a voucher code. This is valid for 180 days (6 months) from the issue date, and the installation must be completed by this time.

Hawkesworth – your health and safety specialist in the education sector

At Hawkesworth, we have over 30 years of experience providing electrical compliance services to schools, colleges, and universities.

As well as EV charging installation and maintenance, we provide services including PAT testing, EICR inspections, and fire risk assessments – everything you need to stay safe and fully operational.

With a UK-wide presence, a network of fully qualified engineers, and the ability to work outside of regular school hours, we flex to your needs, not the other way around.

We’re the UKs Number 1  trusted voice of experience in the industry, who are regularly consulted to give our expert opinions with industry governing bodies.

Through our national network of fully certified engineers, Hawkesworth provide a range of technical compliance and testing services to ensure you’re not at risk – we’ve got you covered!

From your Electrical Installation and Portable Appliances with EICRPAT and Thermographic surveys to Fire Safety with Fire Risk Assessments, Fire Alarm Testing and Emergency Lighting.

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