The Isle of Wight Council’s Economic Development Service has published a new grant-making Prospectus for 2015/16 and they have provided the following information:

“Bids are invited for grant funding up to £36,000, from enterprises of any type, that will provide access to electric vehicles (EV) for visitors to the Isle of Wight leading to continuing and sustainable public access to EV beyond the period of grant funding.

The grant funding is being provided by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund 2 (LSTF2) programme “It’s all about the journey – transforming travel on the Isle of Wight”.

The intended outcomes for this grant programme are:

  1. Visitors to the Island will have, for the period of grant funding to 31st March 2016, the opportunity to hire and use electric vehicles.
  2. These vehicles will include electric cars and may include other forms of transport such as electric bicycles.
  3. There will be continued and sustainable access to EVs by visitors beyond the period of grant funding.
  4. The funded scheme will generate interest and excitement both locally and nationally and help to present the Island as an innovative and forward-thinking location and destination.

The scheme should lead to the launch of an EV Hire Scheme in July 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter.

A grant-making Prospectus provides more information about the council’s expectations . If your organisation can deliver services or projects that meet some of these outcomes, please click here  (PDF, 197 KB, 9 pages) to download a copy of the detailed grant funding Prospectus.

Your organisation may never have delivered an electric vehicle hire scheme before, but the grant funding can be used to innovate and try new approaches, ideas and topics.

Jim Fawcett at the Economic Development Service is the Commissioning Manager for this grant-making process. He can be contacted at the Isle of Wight Council by telephone 01983 821000 ext. 6302 or email jim.fawcett@iow.gov.uk  Once you have read through the grant making prospectus, call Jim to discuss your idea and he will supply you with an application form.

This Prospectus is currently open to applications until the closing date on the 3rd July 2015 (5.00pm).”