Applicants can apply for grant assistance of £4,000-£10,000.
Unfortunately, we cannot support projects above or below the project thresholds.
Businesses are encouraged to assess their own individual business needs to support their growth plans. The fund has been deliberately left non-prescriptive in defining outline project scopes, as we wish to encourage creativity or innovation.
However, as a guide for applicants the type of projects we are looking to support are:
The fund cannot be used to support:
This list is not a full list of ineligible projects. Any applicants who are unsure of a project’s eligibility are advised to contact us.
No. The grant monies must be spent with a 3rd party business not linked to the applicant. All purchases will be checked in due diligence.
If applicants are unsure of their project eligibility, they should contact us to discuss their proposed project.
This fund is not intended to support the purchase of new computer equipment that seeks to replace and/or update older equipment.
As applicants have been given discretion in how they would like to deploy the funds, and if the business can clearly outline the reasoning for purchasing new computer equipment, they are still able to submit an application.
However, applications applying for computer equipment will not be prioritised. If an applicant would like to purchase computer equipment through the fund, they will be required to outline in detail the business advantages that will come from the purchase over and above that existed previously.
This includes, but is not limited to:
Yes. As long as you have an eligible project, and meet the Terms and Conditions of the fund.
Applicants can have multiple items built into each quote, up to the maximum grant request of £10,000.
YES. All quotes must be dated on or after Tuesday 14th September.
The grant funding is for 100% of project costs. No match funding contribution from businesses is required.
The project will only allow business to purchase equipment, goods or services from a maximum of two providers, to the maximum grant threshold of £10,000 for VAT registered business, and £12,000 for non-VAT registered businesses. For example:
Please read the specific fund guidance and FAQs before completing an application as this details all the submission requirements.
The Council expects a high level of interest for the fund and will prioritise those applications that meet requirements.
Once submitted, we aim to notify applicants of the outcome within 20 working days.