Latest News

10 Jan

Growth Hub Event Consultancy: Invitation to Tender

The Chamber is seeking to recruit experienced consultants to lead the development and delivery of a suite of engaging and professionally-designed Growth Hub-branded seminars and/or action-planning workshops covering a range of topics.

06 Jan

Big House: Invitation to Tender

The Big House are looking for applications from specialist website developers to provide support and updates to The Big House website, for the duration of the project, running until September 2022.

24 Dec

East Midlands Chamber: Invitation to Tender

The East Midlands Chamber of Commerce have put out an invitation to tender for Graphic Design, Copywriting and Print Services. This will support the marketing activities for the ERDF-funded Digital Growth Programme and Digital UpScaler projects.

Funding News


UK Games Fund

Round 6 of the UK Games Fund is open to all UK-based game developers with less than 50 employees who are developing early-stage projects.

Applicants can apply for an initial support package valued at £10,000 (including £5,000 of grant funding) to refine and improve pitching skills, whilst also developing a playable demo for showcasing at a major consumer games show in the Autumn.

A further opportunity to pitch in-person to the UK Games Fund will be provided at the Autumn show, where successful teams can secure an additional grant of up to £20,000.

To be considered for Round 6 you must complete a Written Application form  by Monday 3rd February 2020, 12:00 noon.

(January 2020)

SMART funding

The competition for Smart funding reopened on 9 January 2020.  The deadline for applications is at midday on 22 April 2020.

Innovate UK’s Smart programme provides investment in innovative business projects across any technology area.  Smart is an open grant funding programme that supports the best UK business ideas whatever area they come from.  Businesses of any size may apply, and all applications must include a micro, small or medium-sized company.  Projects can range in size from £25,000 to £2 million and last between 6 and 36 months.

(January 2020)


Transmission Fund

The Transmission Fund provides support for musicians to focus on developing creative practice and furthering professional development.  The scheme can support opportunities such as short courses, workshops, training and short-term mentoring with an expert in your field either in the UK or internationally.

(January 2020)


Rural Start-Up Fund

Forest Holidays and The Prince’s Countryside Fund have teamed up to create The Rural Start-Up Fund, an exciting opportunity for rural businesses to receive financial support as they embark on a new business venture.

A total of £5,000 is available in the Rural Start-Up Fund in 2020, to be awarded to one winning business or shared between a number of rural start-ups. In addition, as part of the Rural Start-Up Fund, the successful applicant(s) will receive mentoring support from a relevant expert in the Forest Holidays team to further guide and support them.

Applications close at 12pm (midday) on Friday 6th March 2020.

(January 2020)


Support for pubs

More Than a Pub provides small grants and specialist advice for community groups at the start of their journey to community ownership. It also supports groups later in the process who require specialist professional advice with larger grants and loans to help with business planning, conveyancing, architectural help or financial advice.

Pub is The Hub will provide funding to enable a range of projects providing new, pub-based community services from post offices and shops to libraries and allotments. This will increase the services available in rural and remote communities and help sustain pubs as community assets and businesses.

(January 2020)

DE-Carbonise Support

The DE-Carbonise project offers grants and support to small and medium-sized businesses to reduce carbon emissions. The offer to SME businesses in Derbyshire and Derby City includes an initial scoping phone call, carbon reduction audit and carbon reduction opportunity report.

Grants of £1-20k are available providing up to 40% of total cost ex VAT along with technical and research support.

(November 2019)


Derbyshire Visitor Economy and Supply Chain Funding

Business Grants are now available to enable Derbyshire-based SME visitor economy businesses to grow and develop by accessing new markets. 

All types of visitor economy businesses, and the supply chain, may apply including sole traders, partnerships or limited companies. Applicants will receive a 50% grant towards the cost of the overall project (with a minimum 50% grant contribution being £1,000 and the maximum £10,000).

Eligible areas include: accessibility, internationalisation, environmental and cycling.

(November 2019)


The Community Recovery Grant

The Community Recovery Grant for payments to households of up to £500; Council Tax Relief Scheme and Business Rate Relief Scheme are being dealt with by district councils.

Details of support for residents and businesses, including the County Council’s hardship fund, are on the Council’s website through the emergencies and disruption pages.

(November 2019)


The Farming Recovery Fund

Farmers are being offered specific support through the Farming Recovery Fund this provides money in emergency situations to help farmers whose agricultural land has been affected by flooding.

(November 2019)


Business Recovery Grant

If your business has been impacted by the recent floods in Nottinghamshire, you can now apply for the government’s Business Recovery Grant of up to £2,500.

This is being administered by Nottinghamshire County Council on behalf of the government.

(November 2019)


Rural Development Programme

Three funds have reopened supporting rural businesses with capital investments that create or grow micro and small businesses in rural areas

The information on each area of the Rural Development Programme provides details and a link to a map of eligible areas within individual Growth Hub areas. The three funds are:

Rural Tourism Infrastructure - the aim of this call is to encourage more tourists to come, to stay and to spend more money in rural areas. Grant range £20k - £175k

Food Processing - the aim of this call is to grow the economy of rural areas and create new jobs. Grant range £20k - £750K

Business Development - the aim of this call is to grow the economy of rural areas and create new jobs. Grant range £20k - £175k

(November 2019)

Innovate UK Smart Grants: October 2019

Funding is available to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations that can make a significant impact on the UK economy.

Eligible companies will be a UK registered business of any size or a research and technology organisation carrying out collaborative research and development (R&D) project activity in the UK with the intention of commercially exploiting the project results from the UK.

UK Smart grants are open until 8 January 2020

(October 2019)

Support for Derbyshire SME apprentice training costs 

Derbyshire County Council have announced that they will be using some of their apprentice levy to pay for training for apprenticeships in small and medium-sized businesses.

Apprenticeships can be undertaken by new employees, or existing employees in a wide range of business sectors including manufacturing, creative, service, construction, finance and business, care, retail and many more.

There are 100s of different types of apprenticeship at a wide variety of different levels. Derbyshire County Council will pay for the training needed, and provide expert help to find the right apprenticeship for your business and employees.

More information is available from Lucie Andrew, Skills Adviser, at the D2N2 Growth Hub

(October 2019)

Take a game-changing idea to market

Innovate UK is offering loans to help small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) to overcome the barriers to their cutting-edge ideas becoming sustainable commercial products. Ideas can come from any area of technology or the economy and must lead to sustainable business growth. Loans of between £100,000 and £1 million are available for projects which can last up to 5 years.

The competition for Innovation Loans closes at midday on 27 November 2019.

(September 2019)

Energy for Business scheme

‘Energy for Business’ will enable businesses in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire region to receive support for low-carbon and energy projects until October 2022.

The University of Nottingham led project, which was launched in 2016, is delivered by the Energy Innovation and Collaboration team and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, making support free to qualifying businesses.

Over 400 businesses in the region have been supported so far, receiving free consultancy and expert advice as well as the chance to attend a number of energy themed events and lectures. An energy grant scheme has seen 24 businesses awarded funds to help them make the leap to becoming low-carbon.

Click HERE to find out more 

(September 2019)

New CITB Apprenticeship Grant

This grant supports smaller construction employers with the start-up costs when taking on a new apprentice. The grant is £500 for each new apprentice taken on from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2021. It is a two-year pilot and is an addition to the CITB full apprenticeship grant packages. 

(August 2019)

New Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund (CSIIF) Funding Round

The Government is providing further support to quickly increase the number and diversity of individuals entering into cyber security.

Through the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund (CSIIF), training providers will be able to bid for up to £100,000 per initiative to work with employers and design training programmes which retrain a diverse range of individuals for careers in cyber security.

The deadline for applications is the 27 September 2019. 

(August 2019)

Countryside Stewardship Facilitation fund

Open for applications from 5 August to 4 October 2019, the Facilitation Fund offers a person or organisation (facilitator) money to support a group of farmers and other land managers to work together to improve the natural environment at a landscape rather than single-farm scale in order to achieve greater improvements than individual holdings could on their own.

(August 2019)

Driving the electric revolution

Under Driving the electric revolution: accelerated supply chain development, strand 1, UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £19 million across two strands for collaborative projects that develop supply chains for power electronics, machines and drives in the UK. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and closes on 25 September 2019. Applicants can be any size of business working on a collaborative basis.

(July 2019)

Capital Growth Fund update


The Capital Growth Fund is available throughout the D2N2 area supporting capital investment projects with grants at 30% of eligible cost, between £1,500 and £10,000. Applicants must be trading businesses (support is not available to pre-start businesses).

Grant panel meetings are being held twice per quarter with the next two panel dates scheduled for 29 August and 3 October, applications should be submitted at least one week prior to the date of the Panel.

This fund is effectively a continuation of previous programmes. A limited amount of funding is now available to beneficiaries of N2 Business Growth Fund, Invest to Grow and DEGF/D2EGF

Due to programme ruling, the provider is unable to accept invoices from any one supplier for more than £24,999. Three quotes are required per item for which grant funding is sought.

(July 2019)

SMART Funding

Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme. Innovate UK have announced plans to invest up to £25 million in the best game-changing, innovative or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation. 

Applications must be business focussed and come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy.

Project duration can be either between six and 18 months with total eligible project costs between £25,000 and £500,000 (single or collaborative) or between 19 and 36 months with total eligible project costs between £25,000 and £2 million (must be collaborative).

The competition opens on 25 July with an online briefing event on 30 July.

(July 2019)

Productivity through Innovation

Productivity through Innovation (PtI) is a programme which allows SME businesses to access a suite of funding, services and support activities to improve their productivity and their market competitiveness. 

The programme has been developed in partnership with the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University with the express purpose of improving the performance of the businesses involved. The knowledge and skills of University staff, as well as technology and facilities across multiple sites and campuses, are available for participants to access over the duration of the programme which will run until March 2022.

Through Knowledge Exchange for Innovation (KEI) SMEs may be able to access:

Funding for 30% of salary and on-costs, up to a total value of £25,000

30% of a pre-agreed budget for consumables and equipment

Access to academic expertise and research facilities

(July 2019)

Countryside Productivity Small Grants

The Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme Round 2 is now available for all farm types including livestock, horticulture and arable businesses, with a total of £15 million available.

For Round 2 funding, 26 new items have been added to the list of equipment available. In addition, applicants for Round 1 funding can also submit a new application to receive funding in Round 2. The total value of both applications must not be more than £12,000

Successful applicants will need to provide photos of the items working on their farm.

(July 2019)


Rural Community Energy Fund

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is a programme which supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects, which provide economic and social benefits to the community.

RCEF provides support to rural communities in 2 stages:

  • stage 1: grants of up to £40,000 for a feasibility study for a renewable energy project
  • stage 2: grants of up to £100,000 for business development and planning of feasible schemes

RCEF is being run by regional Local Energy Hubs with the Midlands hub covering Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and the contact

(July 2019)


Transforming Places Through Heritage

Transforming Places Through Heritage supports projects that will contribute to the transformation of high streets and town centres in England helping them become thriving places, strengthening local communities and encouraging local economies to prosper. It is part of a wider initiative to revive heritage high streets in England, alongside Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zones. 

The programme is for individual heritage buildings in, or transferring to, community ownership. It will support charities and social enterprises to develop projects with the potential to bring new life to high streets by creating alternative uses for redundant or underused historic buildings in town centres.

(July 2019)

Rail Innovation Centre, Derby

The Research and Innovation Centre (RRIC), at Lonsdale House, Derby has three technology ‘demonstrators’ to help improve innovation and productivity within the rail industry around:

  • Advanced Rail Composite Design and Manufacture 
  • Rail Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence 
  • Future Rail Propulsion 

The Centre will also provide services to support the skills development of rail sector employees and supply chain businesses as well as collaborative research projects and innovation funding applications.

(June 2019)

The Carer Innovations Fund

The Carer Innovations Fund seeks to identify, support and promote creative and innovative models that look beyond statutory services to ensure that carers are better recognised and connected, better able to juggle working and caring and better able to look after their own health and wellbeing.

The Fund is seeking to provide seed funding to a portfolio of ‘concept testing’ projects from organisations from a mix of sectors, including the voluntary and community sector, small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The projects should be able to demonstrate measurable impacts against the areas in which carers need additional support.

Organisations are invited to bid for up to £500,000 over three phases: idea generation, idea development and idea implementation.

(June 2019)

Plastics Packaging & Textiles Recycling Grant

WRAP has announced that Stage 1 of the Plastics Packaging and Textiles Recycling Grant will be open 12 June - 2 August 2019.
This scheme will provide funding for new commercial capital infrastructure projects that will help to recycle difficult plastic packaging and textile materials.

(June 2019)

Financial Support for Exporters

A financial support package for small to medium sized business (SMEs) trading internationally has been announced by the Government

The financing package has been made available to small businesses exporting to fast-growing emerging markets from the UK.

The package will include:

The Small Deal Initiative – to back exporters undertaking smaller contracts, UKEF will guarantee the loans of potential overseas buyers of British goods to make UK bids more competitive. 

Extending financial support to firms in exporters’ supply chains as well as exporters themselves

The General Export Facility – covers general costs for exporters, rather than just costs related to a specific export deal

(June 2019)


Ashfield and Mansfield New Enterprise Programme

People living in Ashfield and Mansfield with a new business idea are invited to attend FREE networking events and workshops aimed at developing skills, confidence and ability to turn that idea into a reality.

In addition, the New Enterprise Mentoring Programme gives participants a chance to explore their ideas in complete confidence, providing a sounding board as well as support to develop the skills and knowledge needed to get a business off to a good start.

(June 2019)

Business Investment Fund – Made Smarter in SCR 

Made Smarter in SCR offers capital grants of £25 to £50k to support businesses in the Sheffield City Region (SCR) to adopt new industrial digital technologies for the first time or as a significant change. Examples could include robotics, additive manufacturing or industrial Internet of Things projects. 

SCR may invest to a maximum of 50% of the project cost. Applications should be made using the expression of interest form

(May 2019)

Business Investment Fund – SCR Productivity Challenge

SCR Productivity Challenge provides capital grants of £25k to £100k to support businesses in the Sheffield City Region to identify and address their business productivity challenges in areas such as production, distribution, supply chain innovation and new product development. Projects must explain how the investment will improve business performance leading to jobs growth.

SCR may invest to a maximum of 50% of the project cost. Applications should be made using the expression of interest form.

(May 2019)

Workshop dates for ESF open calls 

Workshops to support applicants interested in applying to the latest European Social Fund (ESF) open calls will take place in Chesterfield, Nottingham and Derby in May.
The current ESF open calls are Digital Skills for the Employed and Digital Skills for the Unemployed.

More details of the open calls can be found on the D2N2TA website.

(May 2019)

Fashion, Textiles & Technology, SME Research and Development Programme

The Fashion, Textiles & Technology, SME Research and Development Programme (FFTR&D) will support businesses in the development of the next generation of products, services and experiences in the fashion, textiles and technology sectors – with sustainability at their core.

UK-based SMEs with innovative concepts, or companies already working at the early stages of testing a prototype product or service in the market place are eligible to apply and must have been trading for a minimum of 2 years as fashion, textiles business or related technology innovator. Ideas may be at an early stage, and to be successful may benefit from support across a range of specialist fields, including: new materials design; novel technologies; new applications for existing technologies; innovative business and retail models. The programme is looking to support FTT companies who would like to achieve a step-change in their business trajectory.

To find out more, download the Programme Booklet and submit an Expression of Interest form by 28 May 2019. 

(April 2019)

Funding for UK aerospace projects

Organisations are invited to express an interest in a £150 million annual competition for funding to support innovative ideas for aerospace design and manufacture. The investment is part of the UK Aerospace Research and Technology (UKART) programme.

Priority areas include whole aircraft design and integration, aerostructures, advanced systems and propulsion technologies. This competition provides funding for industrial research or capital investment projects.

The competition will open on 3 May 2019, and the deadline for expressions of interest will be midday on 22 May 2019.

UK-based business, research and technology groups and academic organisations can be the project lead, depending on the project type. Businesses can attract a maximum of 50% grant funding.

An online briefing event will be held on 10 May 2019 where organisations can find out more about the competition and applying

(April 2019)

CITB Launch new £1M Digital Upskilling Commission on 23rd April 2019

A new report commissioned by CITB “Evolution or Revolution?” shows that construction can reap major rewards from digital skills and technology, but only if it takes decisive action in the next five years. CITB therefore invites bids for funds to develop initiatives to help construction leaders implement digital transformation. If you have digital business change expertise you can make a bid for CITB funds. 

We welcome interest from:

• software development companies

• construction businesses who are keen to explore what advantages the use of digital adoption can offer

• management consultancies with digital business change expertise

• leadership think tanks with digital business change expertise

• federations

• higher education institutions with expertise in working with companies to develop digital leadership skills

• local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) with have an innovation lead or innovation programme

• non-profit organisations with digital innovation programmes.

The event on 24th April will provide a catalyst for organisations to partner together, where appropriate. You will also hear a full outline of the full application process and the support that is available throughout from CITB.

(April 2019)

Community Grants

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available for projects or initiatives that help people take steps towards a future career and reduce unemployment and inactivity. The Community Grants, jointly funded by the SFA and the European Social Fund, give small voluntary and community organisations with a turnover of less than £300,000 an opportunity to access funds to deliver projects that help engage and progress ‘hard to reach’ individuals towards the labour market. 

(March 2019)

D2N2 Capital Growth Fund

The D2N2 Capital Growth Fund offers capital grant support to small and medium-sized enterprises investing in the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire areas, with grant funding of between £1,500 and £10,000, up to a maximum of 30% of eligible project costs.

Find out more

(March 2019)

Increase in Apprenticeships Grant Funding

From 1 April, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) attendance grants to employers will increase to £2,500 per year, while achievement grants will rise to £3,500 for companies whose apprentice successfully completes their training. This is an overall funding increase from £10,250 to £14,500 for each apprentice an employer takes on – an uplift of over 30% on existing rates.

Find out more

(March 2019)

Addressing cyber security challenges in the Internet of Things

InnovateUK are inviting applications for funding for collaborative projects which will result in a new product, industrial process or service which will impact on industry-focused major cyber security-related challenges in the Internet of Things (IoT). 

Proposals must address at least one of the following themes:

Operational resilience technologies for the protection and recovery of data in IoT.

Intelligent control systems for industry, and commercial and public sector buildings to ensure critical systems function as they were designed.

Intelligently protecting the occupants and the systems of the digital home.

This competition closes Wednesday 1 May 2019 12:00pm.

(March 2019)

The Small Charities Challenge Fund

The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is open to provide grants of up to £50,000 for projects of up to 2 years small UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Applications are invited from projects strengthening the capacity of grassroots development organisations by working with the poor, vulnerable and most marginalised to carry out work in priority countries towards achieving the Global Goals. It also particularly welcomes applications focused on securing better outcomes for widows.

The closing date for this round of the rolling programme of application windows is Thursday 28 March, 2019.

Countryside Stewardship Grants

Applications for Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier including Wildlife Offers, Higher Tier, and Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant opened on 18 February 2019. Applications are invited for hedgerows and boundaries grant, historic buildings restoration grant, woodland support and planning for more complex Higher Tier agreements. The closing date for Countryside Stewardship Grants is 3 May 2019.

(January 2019)

Innovate UK SMART Grants

Applications open for the Innovate UK SMART Grants on 18th February 2019. Projects must have a duration of between 6 and 18 months and have total eligible project costs between £25,000 and £500,000. This competition provides funding for innovation research and development (R&D) from feasibility (including market research), through to technology or prototype testing and development stages up to (but not including) commercialisation.

(February 2019)

Business Basics Fund

Grants are available through the government’s Business Basics Fund to help SMEs adopt proven technologies, become more productive and successful. 

These are for proof of concept projects or trials that are either led by a business or led by another type of organisation that isn’t a business.

The deadline for applications is midday on 17 April 2019. Applications are open to UK-based businesses of any size, public sector, university or research and technology organisations, charities and not-for-profit companies. Up to £60,000 may be available to run a proof of concept project.  Projects must start by 1 September 2019 and can last up to 12 months.

Webinar briefings on Business Basics Fund will take place on 14 February 2019 and 7 March 2019.

(February 2019)

Customs Training and IT Grants Scheme

HMRC is providing two grants to upskill businesses that complete customs declarations. This is part of the Government’s no-deal Brexit preparations. The Training Grant of up to £1,050 per employee is available to businesses that currently or intend to complete customers declarations. The IT Improvement Grant, up to 200,000 euros, is for businesses currently completing customs declarations, and have less than 250 employees and over 50 million euros in annual turnover. Click here to apply.

(January 2019)

British Improvement Districts

Communities across the country can bid for up to £50,000 to help make local areas more attractive for business, in the latest round of the British Improvement Districts (BIDs) Loan Fund. The fund is designed to support business owners and local leaders to set-up a BID, which allow communities to come together to deliver additional local services and upgrade commercial areas. Expressions of interest should be submitted by 8 March 2019.

(January 2019)

Reducing Plastic Pollution

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to develop solutions that tackle the environmental crisis of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. The competition is open to single UK small and micro companies who are looking for grant funding and who want to establish an equity relationship with Sky Ocean Ventures. 

(January 2019)

Annual Investment Allowance increases to £1m

The Annual Investment Allowance increased to £1,000,000 on 1 January 2019.

Most businesses, regardless of size, have been able to claim the AIA on their expenditure on plant or machinery, up to a specified annual amount each year. This is a temporary increase on the previouse rate of £200,000, the allowance will revert to this level on 1 January 2021.

(January 2019)

Community groups, clubs and charities in Derbyshire are invited to apply for grants of between £500 and £10,000

Community groups, clubs and charities are being invited to apply now for the next round of Action Grants through Derbyshire County Council. Small grants of up to £500, a number of grants worth up to £5,000 and for schemes which can be shown to offer long-term benefits for local people and promote two or more of the Action Grant themes – potential grants of £10,000 are available. 

(December 2018)

Future High Street Fund

The Future High Streets Fund will support the regeneration of heritage high streets helping to restore historic properties through Historic England, and equipping communities with their own resources to put historic buildings back into economic use. It will also support investment in physical infrastructure.

Local areas will be invited to provide proposals setting out the overall vision that they wish to achieve for their high street and town or city centre and specific improvements that would contribute to that overall vision. Local authorities will build and develop private sector partnerships to deliver capital projects.

Expressions of interest will be invited during Spring 2019

(December 2018)

Grants for businesses that complete customs declarations

From early December 2018, businesses that complete customs declarations will be able to apply for funding for training and IT improvements.

Eligible businesses will be those who complete customs declarations and be established in, or have a branch in the UK. This includes customs brokers, freight forwarders and fast parcel operators.  Applicants will be able to apply for one or both of the grants.

The training grant will provide up to 50% of the cost of training, up to a limit of £750 for each employee on a course regarding completing customs declarations and processes or helping other businesses with import and export processes.

The IT improvement grant will provide up to €200,000 to buy a ready-made software solution that will help a business to complete customs declarations more efficiently.  It can also be used to purchase hardware, the first year licence and training.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) will administer the grants for HMRC.  More details will be published early in December 2018.

(November 2018)

Digital Leadership Fund

The Digital Leadership Fund aims to improve the digital capability of civil society leaders, such as chief executives, trustees, or senior teams, so they are able to confidently embed digital in their organisations. 

Applications for grant funding may be between £10,000 and £170,000, but must not represent more than 50% of the applicant’s collective annual income.

The deadline for applications is Friday 7th December 2018

(November 2018)

Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP)


The next round of Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) has just opened to Expressions of Interest to support SME’s/micro SME’s to accelerate their technologies for automotive applications

The Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) helps SMEs to develop low-carbon vehicle technologies.

If you own the IP for a product or technology with the potential to reduce the environmental impact of the transport sector, you could be eligible for up to £100,000 of combined grant funding, technical support and business mentoring

Over the course of the 18 month TDAP programme participants can access up to £100,000 of combined grant funding and business support

Interested parties should register by 19 December 2018.

(November 2018)

EUREKA Network Programme Support

The Enterprise Europe Network in partnership with Innovate UK are organising an exclusive FREE half-day information and networking event introducing the EUREKA Eurostars programme and other funding opportunities delivered via EUREKA Network programmes. Eurostars supports international innovative projects led by research and development-performing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  The event takes place at IET Birmingham: Austin Court on 13 December 2018.

(October 2018)



Stay Ahead offers grant funding to SME’s in D2N2 to access training solutions for their existing workforce. Individuals must work in one of five target sectors: construction, creative and digital industries, health and social care, low carbon or transport equipment manufacturing.

StayAhead can make a financial contribution to SME training costs, paying up to 40% of any eligible training, up to a maximum of £2,500.

This is in addition to basic skills and apprenticeships where there are government subsidies available which employers will be supported to access.

(October 2018)


SME Leader Programme

The SME Leaders Programme supports promising leaders of high-growth UK-based engineering SMEs to develop their skills and team, to better enable them to reach their growth targets. The Academy encourages the pursuit and growth of excellence in engineering, equipping staff with the skills necessary for lasting impact. The deadline to apply is 26 November 2018. The award provides:

• A £10,000 grant to fund your choice of leadership training courses

• 6 months of one-to-one coaching

• Masterclasses and workshops delivered by senior business leaders

• Provision of an experienced business mentor

• Access to our drop-in workspace in central London

• Travel reimbursement for programme activities

(October 2018)


Broxtowe Start-Up Grant

A £1000 grant for residents looking to start their own business has been made available by Broxtowe Borough Council. Any registered businesses that are not yet trading or have been trading for up to six months are free to apply, and interested applicants need to showcase up to a £2,000 spend. For more information please click here.

(October 2018)


Bolsover and North East Derbyshire Leader

Bolsover and North East Derbyshire Leader has reopened. The scheme offers funding to support farm productivity, developing small businesses, tourism, heritage developments and boosting the woodland economy through forestry improvements.  Deadline 30 November 2018.

(October 2018)

Countryside Productivity Small Grants

The next application window for the Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme will open in early 2019, with over £30m available for future funding rounds for farmers. 

The scheme aims to support the purchase of equipment specific to cattle, sheep and pig farmers, as well as precision farming and resource management equipment for arable farmers.

(October 2018)

Derbyshire Business Support Grant Scheme

Derby Enterprise Growth Fund have announced a new scheme, Derbyshire Business Support Grant Scheme (DBSGS). 

The scheme will provide funding towards capital or revenue projects with the aim of supporting SME and micro businessesto grow and create new jobs.

The minimum grant will be £2k, maximum £50k with up to 50% of the total eligible project costs supported.

Eligible applicants will be micro and SME businesses based in Derby and Derbyshire who are liable or will be liable to pay business rates as part of the grant funded project.

(September 2018)


Horizon 2020 update

UK organisations which have been awarded research and innovation grants from Horizon 2020 are being asked to contribute to a new portal. According to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), by inputting basic information about their awards into a bespoke portal, UK researchers and businesses can be kept informed of the next steps if the government needs to underwrite Horizon 2020 payments. More details on the portal.

(September 2018)


Support for innovation - Y-Accelerator

Candidates, teams or early stage businesses are invited to participate in the 2018/19 Y-Accelerator programme. Successful candidates will benefit from three-months free, intensive development support and conclude with a chance to pitch to a panel of investors which will include Mercia Technologies, Angels Group, Jenton Group and UK Steel Enterprise.

Running from November 2018 to February 2019, the programme is built around modern business modelling techniques, with access to expert advice, mentors, specialist workshops, market research and tailored 1-to-1 support.  Applications for  Y-Accelerator are invited from businesses before 31 October 2018.

Applications from businesses outside the Sheffield City Region (SCR) will, if successful, be expected to work from within the SCR region.

The closing date for applications, 31 October 2018.

(September 2018)


Improving railways and customer experience

Innovate UK is to launch a competition on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT) inviting businesses to apply for funding to support innovation in the UK rail sector.

The competition is designed to support well-developed innovations that are ready to be tested in an environment with railway customers and industry.  Eligible projects will include those focussing on reducing the carbon footprint of railways across stations, rolling stock and infrastructure, as well as use of innovative technology to build a station of the future.

Key focus areas will include reducing costs by 50% or more, doubling capacity, halving carbon emissions and improving the experiences of customers.  Up to 12 projects with total costs of between £250,000 and £350,000 may be funded.

The competition will open on 8 October 2018.  Deadline 21 November 2018.

(September 2018)

Digital Innovation Fund for Councils

Councils seeking to transform their public services through digital innovation can apply to a new £7.5 million fund from Monday 24 September.

Grants of up to £100,000 will be available for projects which demonstrate they benefit local public services and have the potential to be rolled out more widely across the country.

The deadline to submit an expression of interest is 5 October 2018. A decision on which projects have been chosen is expected to be announced by 3 December.

Find out more here.

(September 2018)

CITB Assessment Infrastructure Funding

In response to a research report focussing on Onsite Assessment, a fund to help develop assessment centres in key occupations across the UK has been launched by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

The initiative is intended to enable the industry to increase capacity to qualify the workforce via the on-site assessment model. 

CITB are inviting bids from organisations able to establish and deliver assessment centre activities. Deadline 19 November 2018.

(September 2018)

Faraday Battery Challenge Fund

The Faraday Battery Challenge Fund has opened to UK businesses working on next-generation batteries for electric vehicles.

Eligible projects will be lead by a UK-based business or research and technology organisation, have total costs of between £500,000 and £15 million and last between 3 and 18 months. Up to 70% of eligible project costs may be supported by the funding.

The deadline for applications is midday on 12 December 2018. A series of briefing events will take place during September 2018 to find out more about the competition, how to make an application and meet potential partners.

(September 2018)

Workplace Travel Service

The Workplace Travel Service provides information about transport services in Nottingham City, develops tailored solutions, delivers staff engagement events and supports comprehensive fleet reviews to identify where you can save money.

Business Advisors can meet at your business premises and explain what is available both to the business and your employees.

Up to £25,000 financial support is available to help meet the costs of workplace travel improvements, such as electric vehicle charge points, cycle parking, showers, pool bikes, car sharing and car parking management. Businesses are asked to provide a financial or in-kind contribution form you.

Eligible applicants will be a business or organisation (large or small, public or private sector) across the Nottingham area, including:

  • Businesses covered by the Nottingham Workplace Parking Levy
  • Public sector organisations
  • Small to medium enterprises
  • Health and social care organisations, joint services centres, medical centres and hospitals
  • Organisations based on business parks and industrial areas
  • Voluntary sector

(September 2018)

IoT4Industry funded vouchers

IoT4Industry is a 30 month project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission.

Voucher funding is available to manufacturing SMEs to undertake projects using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in collaboration with an IoT technology provider.

The vouchers can be used for feasibility studies, prototype or demonstrator development with up to €60,000 available to an SME depending on the project type.

The call for projects will open on 20 September 2018, however in advance of this date SME businesses and potential IoT technology vendors are invited to register an Expression of Interest (EoI).  Potential project participants will be invited to participate in awareness events in October 2018 and March 2019.

(August 2018)

Efficient and Sustainable Agriculture

UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million for projects to transform how the agrifood sector works with crop and animal-based agricultural systems.

Find out more

(August 2018)

Managing Traffic in Real Time

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £250,000 to develop innovative new ways of using high-quality data to ease traffic congestion. Projects should be able to pull together high-quality data that’s easier to access and learn from than existing approaches. Deadline for applications 26 September 2018.

Find out more

(August 2018)

Hospital Saturday Fund

Open to applications from registered medically related charities. Grants up to maximum of £10k towards medical projects, capital projects, medical care or research, hospice/respite care and in support of medical training. They will also consider grants for running costs.

Find out more.

(August 2018)

Sporting Capital

Sporting Capital is a social investment fund that focuses on supporting the sustainable development of community sports organisations. The £3m fund offers investment in the form of simple, repayable loans of between £50k to £150k.

The loan is ideal for an organisation that wants to:

  • make a difference in the community through sport, physical activity or in a sport setting
  • want to grow and become more sustainable by generating more or new income

More details here.

(July 2018)

Construction Challenge Fund

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, have announced plans to invest up to £12.5 million in innovative projects to transform the UK construction sector. Eligible projects will improve the 3 core stages of the construction lifecycle:

  • Designing and managing buildings through digitally-enabled performance management
  • Constructing quality buildings using a manufacturing approach
  • Powering buildings with active energy components and improving build quality

The projects should result in a streamlined process that saves costs, reduces delays and improves collaborations, productivity and outputs.

Projects that last between 6 and 12 months may have total project costs of between £25,000 and £500,000. Projects that last between 12 and 24 months may have total project costs of between £250,000 and £1 million. Projects must start by December 2018.

Apply by 19 September 2018

More details here

(July 2018)

Access to Work Funding

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced additional funding for the Access to Work employment support programme.  This provides practical and financial support for people who have a disability or long term physical or mental health condition to help them secure a job or remain in work.   The scheme can help employers to hire and retain staff with up to £57,200 annually available to help pay for workplace adaptations, assistive technology, transport and sign language services. It can help employers to hire and retain staff.

(July 2018)

ICO Grants programme 2018

The Information Commissioner's Office has reopened the grants programme to support projects around privacy and data protection.  Grants of between £20,000 and £100,000 are available for eligible projects from academic bodies, trade and industry associations, civil groups and organisations with a commitment to public benefit outcomes. The deadline for applications is 17 August 2018.

(July 2018)

Business Basics Programme

Funding available under the Innovate UK Business Basics Programme will be used to develop and trial ideas for increasing the adoption of productivity-boosting technology and business practices among SMEs.

The first phase of the Business Basics Fund, for undertaking proof of concept (PoC) or feasibility projects, is now open along with another strand for full scale trials.

There is the potential to apply for further funding to scale up successful PoC or feasibility projects into full trials in the future.

Applications will be encouraged from collaborations: private organisations must work with at least one public sector or not for profit partner.

The competition closes: Tuesday 4 September 2018

(July 2018)

GigaBit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection. Businesses can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can benefit from the scheme with a voucher worth £500 as part of a group project.

Read more

(July 2018)

Developing new ideas for UK aerospace

Organisations can apply for a share of £150 million this year to support new technologies that help to make the UK civil aerospace industry more competitive.

The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Innovate UK are inviting organisations to come forward with innovative aerospace projects that could attract funding support.

The competition opens for expressions of interest on 2 July 2018, and the deadline for submissions is 18 July 2018

Read more

(June 2018)

Royal Academy of Engineering Leadership Skills Training Grant

Royal Academy of Engineering has launched a leadership skills training grant

Designed to support the development of promising leaders of high growth engineering and technology companies based in the UK, the scheme provides grants of up to £10,000 to fund leadership training courses of your choice.  The programme includes masterclasses and workshops delivered by senior business leaders, provision of an experienced personal mentor and one-to-one coaching.  The programme includes access to the Taylor Centre, the Academy's Central London office and meeting space.

Apply by 4pm, 13 August 2018

(June 2018)

Action Grants

The £1.5m Action Grants programme from Derbyshire County Council is now open for applications. Grants up to £10,000 are on offer for projects that promote the themes of youth activity, community action, community safety and physical activity, or a combination. Applicants must be a charity, voluntary organisation, community group, community interest company or a social enterprise. First deadline for applications is 30 June 2018.
(June 2018)

World of Opportunity Programme

For a second year running, Heathrow partners with the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Exporting is GREAT campaign to launch £40,000 grant, supporting SME exporting ambitions. The ‘World of Opportunity Programme’ is accepting applications from June 8th until July 6th 2018. Last year’s winners used their grants to fund trade missions and foreign market research.

(June 2018)

Design and trial smart energy systems

The Design and Trial Smart Energy Systems fund from Innovate UK has up to £41.5 million to invest in both the design and practical demonstration of new business models that intelligently link supply, storage and demand in heating, power and transport.

There are 2 parts to this competition. Up to £40 million is available for 3 smart energy system demonstrators, while up to £1.5 million is available for studies into new, smarter approaches to local energy.
(May 2018)

Immersive audience experiences

The Immersive Audience Experiences fund from Innovate UK has up to £17 million to invest in projects to test and generate new ideas for immersive experiences for audiences and transform the creative industries.

There are 2 parts to this competition. Up to £16 million is available for 4 demonstrator projects for immersive experiences with audiences of more than 100,000 people.

A further £1 million is available for early-stage projects that seek to understand customer needs for immersive experiences and the tools needed to deliver them.
(May 2018)

Careers Guidance Fund

The Careers & Enterprise Company has launched a Personal Guidance Fund to support the development of innovative, cost-effective models for delivering personal careers guidance in schools and colleges. Funded projects will be used to develop case studies to showcase successful and affordable delivery of personal guidance Gatsby Benchmark 8. The application process for the fund is split into two phases. Schools and colleges can now apply for the first application phase. The deadline for applications is 3pm on Friday 8 June 2018.
(May 2018)

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: Next Generation Services

Innovate UK will be launching a funding competition to support the development of next-generation services as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The competition is designed to support the development and use of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, initially to develop future services for the insurance, legal and accountancy sectors. Details of the fund and how to apply will be published later in the year. 
(May 2018)

Multi-million pound Industrial Strategy boost for next generation of faster, cleaner aircraft engines

Government funding for four aerospace projects that will help develop the next generation of faster, cleaner aircraft engines has been announced, as Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark attended a ground-breaking event at Rolls-Royce's new engine test bed facility in Derby.
Each of the four projects, joint-funded by government and Rolls-Royce, bring together academia and businesses from across the UK to work together on world-leading research for aero-engine technologies.
The projects, which will develop a new generation of technologically sophisticated aircraft engines with greater fuel efficiency, are set to receive £24 million of government funding.
(March 2018)


Innovation loans: manufacturing and materials readiness

Innovate UK is offering loans to micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for innovative manufacturing or materials projects, to help SMEs increase manufacturing readiness.

Proposals should focus on the scale-up of recent or ongoing manufacturing process innovation and/or materials development activities. The project’s aim should be to enable UK based companies to progress innovative manufacturing or materials developments to commercial readiness.

Projects should last up to 5 years, of which up to 3 years can focus on research and development (R&D), and up to 2 more years to establish a clear route to commercial success. Loan repayments will be required over a further period of up to 5 years.

Loans of between £100,000 and £1 million are available. Projects should last up to 5 years. Registration closes Wednesday 25 April 2018.
(February 2018)


Innovate UK programme for innovative businesses with high-growth potential

Innovate UK has up to £15 million to invest in great ideas for new innovations in a range of technology and business areas.

Projects must work on disruptive ideas that could lead to new products, processes or services that are significantly ahead of others in the field. These can range from short feasibility studies to longer industrial research or experimental development projects. There must be a potential for commercialisation or economic impact.
The competition opens on 1 March 2018 and the deadline for applications is 9 May 2018. Projects must be led by a business working alone or in collaboration with other organisations or researchers and range in size between £25,000 and £1 million and to last between 6 months and 3 years. Up to 70% of total project costs may be covered.
(February 2018)


Bolsover and North East Derbyshire LEADER

BNED LEADER are working to an application deadline of Sept 2018. Applicants, in particular those seeking larger project grants, are advised to submit well before that deadline. More details in the latest flyer.
(February 2018)


Food Waste Reduction Fund

WRAP is accepting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the Food Waste Reduction Fund. The aim of the Fund is to help avoid surplus food produced by food businesses from becoming waste, by enabling Not-for-Profit (NfP) organisations across England to redistribute more of this food to people in need.

To be eligible, NfP’s applying will need to demonstrate they plan to work in partnership with food businesses such as retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers, food service and logistics companies.

The programme will award grants ranging in value from £20,000 to £75,000 for new projects that can be piloted and evaluated and, if successful, can then be replicated and implemented more widely.

The application process will operate in two stages:

Stage 1 – Expression of Interest -by 30 March 2018.
Stage 2 – Full application: NfPs with shortlisted EOIs will be invited to submit their full application during the week commencing 16 April 2018.
(February 2018)


Countryside Productivity Scheme

The RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme has reopened. The scheme provides funding for projects in England which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sectors and help create jobs and growth in the rural economy. There are grants for:

•water resource management and reservoirs
•improving forestry productivity
•adding value to Agri-food
•improving farm productivity
•small grants

The RDPE Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme provides funding for farmers to purchase equipment to improve the productivity of their farm. The scheme is different to other parts of the Countryside Productivity scheme as it uses an online application process and is targeted at supporting investment for specific pieces of agricultural equipment. Farmers (including livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural sectors) can apply for this grant. The scheme is open to applications from 7 February 2018 to 14 March 2018 (Midday).
(February 2018)


Support for SMEs to evaluate innovative medical technologies

The Office for Life Sciences (OLS) in partnership with Innovate UK is to invest up to £1 million to support developers of innovative medicines, medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital technology to evaluate their product in a real world clinical setting.
This scheme will provide financial and advisory support for UK SMEs with recently CE-marked medical devices, diagnostics and digital health products that have potential to address NHS clinical and service needs. They will be supported to collect and analyse evidence on the clinical performance and cost effectiveness of their products in an NHS setting with a view to spreading their innovative product across the NHS.

Two funding options are available. Phase 1 support of £40-50 thousand to engage clinical partners, identify evidence and plan a study. Phase 2 support will be around £250 thousand for data collection and analysis.
(February 2018)


Active Partners Trust

The newly formed Active Partners Trust (APT) incorporating two county sports organisations - Active Derbyshire and Active Notts - will be providing funding to help to increase the number of people taking part in sport and physical activity in Derbyshire.
Open to clubs or charities looking for funding to support a physical activity or sport project in Derbyshire.
(February 2018)


The Skills and Opportunities Fund

The Skills and Opportunities Fund was set up to support of organisations that help people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to help themselves, skills that will enable them to get into work or start a business.

Projects must be able to meet the priorities set for their region and focus on a disadvantaged community and either enterprise and entrepreneurship and/or financial capability.

A maximum grant of £35,000 or 20% of the applicant’s previous year’s turnover is available with an upper limit of turnover is £10 million (no turnover limit for schools or colleges). Up to 25% can be spent on capital costs.
The scheme is open to not-for-profit organisations, as well as state-funded schools and colleges.

The scheme is open for applications from 5 February until 23 February 2018.
(February 2018)


Video Games programme

Funding to support development of narrative video games, from concept to the first version of a playable prototype is available through the Creative Europe programme.
Eligible businesses will have been registered for a minimum of 12 months and have video game production as their main business activity. They will also own the majority of the rights to the project for which support is being sought. The total grant awarded to each project supported under the Video Games programme can range from €10,000 to €150,000 and must be 50% match funded. Deadline for applications: 8 March 2018.
(February 2018)


Eureka Eurostars 2, round 9

Innovative SMEs can apply for a share of £2.5 million to collaborate in research with partners across Europe and associated countries through the Eurostars project.

Small businesses working on high-quality research and development (R&D) projects across national borders often find it difficult to attract public-sector funding. EUREKA Eurostars was set up to overcome this barrier to innovation and support international collaborative research and innovation projects that will be rapidly commercialised.

Qualifying projects must have a civilian purpose, be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service and led by a research-performing SME.

Up to €360,000 funding for each UK project partner or 60% of eligible project costs will be awarded, whichever is the least. Projects can last up to 36 months. Deadline 1 March 2018.
(February 2018)


Rushcliffe Shop Front Improvement Grant

The Shop Front Improvement Grant is a fund operated by Rushcliffe Borough Council that can offer financial support towards the improvement of shop fronts in the town areas of:
• Bingham,
• West Bridgford
• Radcliffe on Trent.

The fund has been created following a retail study being carried out in the above three areas. This identified improvements in those areas which included the need to visually improve the frontage of some of the shops. The fund is available to businesses operating in both the retail and service sectors that wish to make visible improvements to the ground floor appearance of their shop.

The fund can assist by providing grants of up to £5000 for the renovation and/or improvement of shop fronts. Applicants must contribute at least 50% towards the cost of the work and will need to demonstrate that there is a real need for the improvement.
(January 2018)


Innovation support for SMEs working to lower carbon and reduce energy in the built environment

Buildings Research Establishment is offering free expert advice to companies who have innovative ideas to reduce carbon, save energy and create better living environments. This opportunity will be of particular interest to SMEs and start-ups who are looking for extra support to get their product to market and who would welcome the chance to network with both buyers and other suppliers.

BRE is looking for SMEs with innovative products or services which could lower carbon emissions in the built environment. The open challenge is part of the Hertfordshire Low Carbon Innovation Network project, run by BRE in partnership with Synpotic Technologies and the Green Triangle and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Eligible SMEs will have the opportunity to participate in an innovation showcase, as well as other meet the buyer events, and receive 12 hours of free innovation support. Companies would need to travel to Watford to receive the support and attend many of the events.
(January 2018)


Midlands Engine Investment Fund

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), supported by the European Regional Development Fund, is officially open for business, with the first loans being awarded to growing businesses across the Midlands. The MEIF is delivered by the British Business Bank and the Fund is investing £120 million of debt finance and small business loans to eligible firms. This initial tranche of funding is part of a wider £250 million of resource targeted towards the region’s start-ups, scale-ups and SME community.

Loans have been made across the Midlands with four companies benefitting from finance to date to support their growth aspirations:

Leicester-based BCME, owner of specialist education provider Echo Factory has received finance from MEIF, which will be deployed to market its degree-level music courses, maximising student numbers and empowering the institution to become self-sustaining.

Direct Digital Controls, in Brierley Hill, West Midlands is a business that specialises in the installation and maintenance of energy and environmental control systems. With the MEIF investment, the firm is poised to take on four new employees, train an additional apprentice and expand its growing wired and lighting controls divisions.

Nottingham-based medical devices company Olberon, has produced a cannulation device that is used in the medical industry. The funding will have a significant impact on commercial sales globally, by allowing them to develop existing links with distributors, and by helping them market more effectively.

Milton Keynes’ Renewable ON Ltd, a clean energy specialist supplies and installs quality bespoke solar powered LED outdoor and street lighting solutions to both public and private sector. Primarily the loan funds are required for cash flow including stock, wages and marketing to fulfil initial orders.

The MEIF will invest in debt finance and small business loans, ranging from £25,000 to £1.5m, through appointed Fund Managers – Enterprise Loans East Midlands, BCRS Business Loans and Maven Capital Partners. For more information on the funding available, please visit

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment.
(December 2017)


European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

Three ESIF calls are currently open in D2N2.

SME Support: call in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

This call is looking to enhance the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and specifically:

  • Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators
  • Supporting the creation and the extension of advanced capacities for products, services and development
  • Supporting the capacity of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises to grow in regional, national and international markets and to engage in innovation processes

Workshops are being held on:
9th January at the Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Matlock, DE21 6DA
11th January 2018 at the Oakham Suite, Mansfield, NG18 4AE

Deadline for outline applications is 26th January 2018.

Research and Innovation: call in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
This call is looking to support research and innovation, specifically;
•enhancing research and innovation infrastructure and capacities to develop research and innovation excellence, and promoting centres of competence, in particular those of European interest
•promoting business investment in research and innovation
Deadline for outline applications is 26th January 2018.

Sustainable Urban Development (ICT, SME Support and Low Carbon): call in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

Sustainable Urban Development call to run a project to enhance access to, and use and quality of, Information and Communications Technology, enhance the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises and supports the shift towards a low carbon economy. This call remains open. Deadline 2 March 2018.

(December 2017)


Slate Funding

This scheme supports independent production companies looking to develop 3 to 5 fiction, animation or creative documentary projects with international potential. The projects must be intended for cinema release, television broadcast or digital platforms.

Applicants can also apply support for a short film made in collaboration with emerging talent. UK organisations are still eligible to apply.

Deadline 1 Feb 2018

More information.

(December 2017)


Erasmus+ funding for school and youth exchanges

The European Commission has published the Erasmus+ 2018 Call. Erasmus+ offers exciting opportunities for UK participants to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe. It is aimed at students, trainees, apprentices, pupils, adult learners, young people, volunteers, professors, teachers, trainers, youth workers and professionals of organisations active in the education, training and youth sector.

All the application details are contained in the 2018 Call for Proposals and the 2018 Programme Guide, which are on the Key Resources webpage. You can view and download the full list of deadlines on the funding deadlines page.

(December 2017)

Ideas mean business

To help more young adults make their ideas a success, Innovate UK and The Prince’s Trust are launching a national campaign to find the next generation of UK innovators, and provide them with support, advice and funding.

The programme - Ideas mean business - is open to 18 to 30-year-olds with ideas to fix everyday problems, make changes in their community or tackle environmental issues to take part.

A series of regional innovation events will run through January 2018 to help anyone interested to develop their ideas. The competition will then open in February 2018, with the award package being presented in March 2018. The award package will include an allowance to cover living costs (similar to an apprenticeship), 1:1 coaching and mentoring, funding to support specific requirements, e.g. travel to meet customers/partners, attending relevant training courses, equipment, hiring office space and IT support. Those who don’t win an award package will still have access to the Innovation Module and support offered by Enterprise Online.

(December 2017)


Skills Bank programme

Businesses across Sheffield City Region (SCR) are being encouraged to get any outstanding applications submitted to the Skills Bank programme by Friday 8 December 2017, before Skills Bank transitions into its second phase in 2018.

A closing date of 8 December has been set for new applications, so that approved learning can be delivered and recorded before the end of March next year. Next year (subject to funding), the Skills Bank will transition into its second phase providing access to funding to support training to promote growth.
(December 2017)


Sheffield City Region Infrastructure Fund

Businesses across Sheffield City Region have been invited to bid for funds in order to enable new transport and infrastructure projects to get off the ground. An open call has gone out for bids to fund projects that can fully commit the SCR resources within the next 18 months.
Funding for these schemes will come from the £650m Sheffield City Region Infrastructure Fund (SCRIF). The aim of this call for bids is to build a reserve pipeline of exciting capital projects which can be funded as and when budgets allow, and also to ensure that the City Region is ready to respond effectively to national funding calls as they become available, thereby increasing chances of success.

Closing date 8 December 2017.

Sheffield City Region includes the following local authority areas: Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, North East Derbyshire, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield
(November 2017)


Countryside Productivity Scheme

A new grants scheme to support farmers and food processors to investment in technology and new equipment has been announced.
Under the Countryside Productivity Scheme grants are available to help livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural farmers improve farm productivity through investing in new technology to reduce cost or improve product quality. The funding can be used on diverse investments, from robotic milking machines to green technology. The scheme also offers funds for farmers and food processors to invest in new equipment and machinery to improve the processing of milk, meat and fruit.
The Countryside Productivity Scheme is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) a fund for Improving Forestry Productivity and one for Water Resource Management.
(November 2017)


UK Tech for Good funding programme

Comic Relief with Paul Hamlyn Foundation is launching another UK Tech for Good funding programme. This will fund up to 12 digital projects each with grants of up to £47,000. The projects will last for nine months and will include:
●A two month soft development phase (July-Aug 2018)
●An intense four month hard development phase (Sept-Dec 2018)
●A three month launch phase (Jan-Mar 2019)
Projects must address one of four programme areas: Empowering Women and Girls, Investing in Children and Young People, Building Stronger Communities or Improving Health and Wellbeing.
(November 2017)


Innovation Loans for Infrastructure Systems

Innovate UK's new pilot programme of Innovation Loans for later stage R&D - Innovation Loans for Infrastructure Systems - has officially been launched and SMEs in the Infrastructure Systems sector have the first opportunity to apply.

Innovation loans will offer affordable, flexible, repayable funding for later-stage research & development projects with a clear route to commercial success. Loans between £100k and £1m will be offered to growth-oriented UK SMEs that are able to demonstrate that they have a high quality innovation project and are suitable for loan funding.

A briefing event will take place in London on Thursday 16 November and registration is now open.
(November 2017)


HS2 Woodland Fund

HS2 Ltd has established a £5 million fund to support the restoration of existing plantations on ancient woodland sites (PAWS) and the creation of new native woodland, in addition to its main tree planting programme. The Woodland Trust are delivering the first £1 million of this funding under the HS2 Woodland Fund. This fund is open to landowners within 25 miles of the HS2 Phase One route from London to the West Midlands - indicated on the 25 mile buffer map.

The funding is due to open for applications in January 2018 and will close in April 2020, subject to remaining budget availability. There are no application windows. Funding of up to £8,500 per (gross) hectare is available for creating new woodlands, and up to £4,000 per (net) hectare of restocking is available for PAWS restoration, with additional payments for protection measures such as guards, fences and gates.
(November 2017)


Nottingham City Shop Front Grant

Businesses with modern shop fronts in historic buildings based in Nottingham City’s Old Market Square and Lace Market can now apply for grants of up to 75%of cost to restore their shop front.

The funding is part of a five year project, costing £2.7million aimed at saving and transforming historic and neglected buildings in Old Market Square, the Lace Market, and Sneinton Market.

The scheme is being run by Historic England with Nottingham City Council, Nottingham Creative Quarter, Nottingham Heritage Panel and Nottingham Civic society and Historic England will provide an estimated
£1.5 million for the project over the next five years, with the rest coming from public and private funds.

The grant scheme is now open to businesses. To make an Expression of Interest contact the Heritage Action Zone Officer – em.acc@otnhmiygvumahnokntigact.o.k or 0115 8764471. The first round of Expressions of Interest will close at Christmas.
(November 2017)


Countryside Productivity

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced the opening of a £40m grants scheme for investment in farming technology and equipment.

The Countryside Productivity landing page is being updated to include links to the applicant handbooks, application forms and applicant guidance for the two new grants, which are:

Adding Value to Agrifood Products – grants to fund projects that improve the processing of primary agricultural products benefiting the agrifood supply chain which will in turn improve farm productivity.

Improving Farm Productivity – grants to fund projects that improve farm productivity through the use of robotic equipment and systems to aid crop and livestock production; increasing the use of renewable energy produced on farm; the use of LED wavelength controlled lighting to aid crop production; more efficient use of livestock slurries and manures, and digestate.

(November 2017)


Cooperation Projects related to the European Year of Cultural Heritage

This funding opportunity supports transnational Cooperation Projects that reflect the purpose of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. The funding is available for Cultural organisations, e.g. museums, libraries, archives, concert halls, opera houses, theatres, festivals, orchestras, music groups, drama groups, film archives etc.

Partners can apply for a grant of up to €200,000 (maximum of 60% of the total project budget). Match funding is required and the partners decide how much each organisation agrees to contribute.

The deadline is 22 November 2017 at 11am GMT.

Find out more

(October 2017)


Media Funding

Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme supports film, television, new media and video games, offering funding, training and networking opportunities. Deadlines for the following schemes have been announced Single Project, TV Programming, Film Festivals and Selective distribution.

Find out more

(October 2017)


5 ways to wellbeing

High Peak CVS are administering a small grants scheme funded by Derbyshire County Council Public Health. The scheme is open to small to medium organisations with an annual turnover of £50,000 or less who can apply for a maximum of £2,000 for any voluntary and community project that addresses the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’; particularly for people with a higher risk of experiencing mental health and wellbeing problems.
The deadline for this second round of applications is November 13 2017.
(October 2017)


Energy Grant Scheme open for applications

Funding is available to boost your business, with grants of up to £10k on offer to successful applicants. The Energy for Business capital grant is for businesses who wish to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions or who are implementing sustainable energy technologies.

Grants of 50% towards an energy related project can be awarded, up to a maximum of a £10k grant (maximum project cost of £20k).

Closing date for current round of funding is 30/11/2017.

(October 2017)


Equity-free funding for low-carbon businesses

The Shell Springboard Programme is open for up to £150,000 of equity-free funding for low-carbon businesses. Applications will be accepted until 5pm on 6 November 2017.

Shell Springboard brings together experts from the low-carbon and investment sectors to recognise and award UK enterprises with commercially viable solutions that help transition to a lower carbon economy.

Eligible businesses must:

•Provide a product or service that will lead to reduction of CO2 emissions;
•Be, or have the potential to be, commercially viable; and
•Demonstrate technological, entrepreneurial or commercial innovation.

The Shell Springboard national winner will receive an equity free grant of £150,000, and a further five finalists will each receive £40,000 of no strings attached funding to help scale-up their businesses. Winners will also get support in marketing and access to exclusive Shell events and workshops designed to accelerate their business development journey.
(October 2017)


Sheffield City Region Social Enterprise Exchange Grants open

As part of the Social Enterprise Exchange programme, South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation is managing a Social Enterprise Exchange Grants scheme to support start-up and existing social enterprises.

All grant applicants are required in the first instance to have registered for social enterprise support with the Social Enterprise Exchange programme and to have been accepted either on the Accelerate strand for social enterprise start-ups or the Transform strand for existing social enterprises. Grants are only available as part of a package of support and following completion of an initial business diagnostic.

Accelerate grants for start-ups - up to £1,500 to new social enterprises registered in the last 12 months.

Transform grants for existing social enterprises - up to £5,000 to existing social enterprises registered for at least 12 months.

If you are seeking grant support but are not currently registered with Social Enterprise Exchange then you will not be eligible to apply for a grant. You can register for business support through Social Enterprise Exchange via our online registration.

Deadline 30 October 2017.

(October 2017)


Call for projects promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management in the D2N2 area

D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership has issued a call for projects promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management. Up to £1,500,000 of European Regional Development Funding is available to organisations wishing to deliver projects which address specific risks, ensuring disaster resilience and developing disaster management through this call.
Investment under this priority axis is being targeted at areas where exposure to flood risk, the impacts of climate change and related constraints on economic growth are most significant across D2N2.
Flood mitigation measures will support the protection of employment areas and small and medium-sized enterprises and unlock derelict, underused or neglected land on strategically important sites/areas identified as central to realising growth aspirations. It is envisaged that the types of activity to be supported will be as follows:
Fluvial risk management
•Onsite or upstream attenuation and slowing the flow measures
•Diversion channels
•Raising strengthening and/or extending river walls and frontages
•Fixed and temporary barriers and gates
•Stepped back embankments
•Resilience measures for business infrastructure, including for example wet or dry flood-proofing
•River restoration and improved conveyance measures
Surface water run-off and drainage systems
•Integration, including retrofitting, of surface water and runoff management measures into urban and commercial redevelopments
•Innovative measures in contexts where flood risk and land management relies on pumping and interrelates with drainage

In addition, there may be actions to promote knowledge transfer and exchange of information relating to adaptations to climate change, risk management and resilience.
A minimum value of £500,000 of European Regional Development funding can be applied for.
For more details please look at the call documentation and more information on this PA5 call can be found here

The outline application deadline is Friday 10 November 2017
Prospective applicants interested in delivering the programme can contact Richard Kirkland, D2N2 European Structural and Investment Fund Coordinator on email rcadkrln@22e.rihr.ikaddnlpog for more information.
(September 2017)


40% capital grants for an irrigation reservoir

Grants are available for arable and horticultural businesses to improve farm productivity through more efficient use of water for irrigation, and to secure water supplies for crop irrigation by constructing on-farm reservoirs and related systems.

The Rural Payments Agency and Environment Agency are holding a workshop near Lincoln on Tuesday 10 October to explain the Water Resource Management capital grants and how to apply.
The event will cover what grant is available and how to check that your project is eligible, as well as how to apply for an abstraction licence and capital grant with opportunity for one to one discussions.
The deadline for applications to the scheme is 3 April 2018.

To book a place email CPEnure@p.s.o.kqiisragigvu
Timing and venue details will be provided upon booking.
(September 2017)


Construction Industry Training Board Funding

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Flexible and Structured funding window opens in September and will remain open until 5pm, 20th November 2017. CITB registered employers, Trade Associations and CITB funded training groups are all invited to submit applications to secure funds to delivered solutions to a number of industry known issues and challenges.

This round of funding presents opportunities for projects in Assessment Infrastructure, Higher Education Engagement, Schools Engagement, Productivity and Assessor Infrastructure.
More information

(September 2017)


Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) open for business

The British Business Bank has announced the first wave of its £250 million Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), with the launch of £120 million of SME debt finance, across the 10 Local Enterprise Partnership areas in the Midlands.

The British Business Bank aims to support fast-growth organisations and businesses wish to expand into new markets, increase productivity and create new jobs.

Two separate lots can provide small business loans valued between £25,000 and £150,000 and debt finance worth between £100,000 and £1.5 million. Further funding is due to be made available later this Autumn.

More details of the funds are available on the Midlands Engine Investment Fund website

A new report on the current state of the regional economy Spotlight: The Midlands Engine Investment Fund, draws on British Business Bank research, together with other publicly-available data. It highlights the opportunities for ambitious, fast-growth businesses across the Midlands Engine area to reach their economic potential.

(September 2017)

£86 million funding announced for new medicine and technology
The government has announced new funding of up to £86 million for UK firms to develop medical breakthroughs.

The package will allow small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop and test new technologies in the NHS. This could include innovations such as digital technologies to help patients manage their conditions from home instead of a hospital, or to develop new medicines.

Access to this funding will also speed up the time it takes to get new technologies from the lab to patients in the NHS.

(August 2017)

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Nesta and BEIS launch £50,000 prize to find UK’s best invention

The Inventor Prize is a chance for UK’s budding inventors to receive professional mentoring and financial support to make their dreams a reality. Supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the prize will give ten of the best new inventors £5,000 and personal mentoring to develop their invention. One inventor will be chosen to receive £50,000 to turn their dream into a reality in September 2018.

(August 2017)


Eureka Eurostars - research grants for SMEs

EUREKA Eurostars is aimed at innovative small to medium enterprises (SMEs) wanting to take part in collaborative research with partners across Europe and associated countries. Innovate UK manages UK applications.

Eurostars will help SMEs to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects. Maximum grant budget is €360,000 per UK project partner, grant rate is up to 60% of eligible project costs,.

Registration closes 7th September 2017.


Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator

The Carbon Trust is launching a £9.2m Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator(IEEA) funded by Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The IEEA aims to lower costs and increase numbers of available energy efficient technologies across all UK industry sectors. Up to 20 projects will receive grants from £150k-£750k per project. Eligible applications should come from a combination of an industrial company and a technology supplier, but innovations driven by industrial companies may be considered. A number of workshops will take place around the country in the coming weeks:
16 August 2017 – Manchester
24 August 2017 – London
7 September 2017– Glasgow
13 September 2017 – Birmingham


Woodland Creation Grant

The Woodland Creation Grant will reopen to applications in January 2018. Farmers, foresters and land managers across the UK will be able to apply for up to £6,800 per hectare to plant, weed and protect more trees in September.

The fund – part of the Countryside Stewardship scheme – will help plant more than 3 million trees, creating 1,900 hectares of new woodland and contributing to the government’s ambition to plant 11 million trees, with a further one million in towns and cities.

Guidance and application forms will be available in September, with the application window opening in January 2018.

(July 2017)


Peatland Restoration

A £10 million grant scheme to restore England’s iconic peatlands has officially opened for bids.

In England, peatlands cover 11 per cent of the country and provide a key habitat for birds such as the merlin, dunlin and golden plover. They provide 70 per cent of the country’s drinking water and store more than 3.2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide. But it is estimated as much as four fifths of our peatland is in need of restoration.

Funding will be made available for schemes that restore upland and lowland peatlands, create habitats for vulnerable wildlife, reduce flood risk by slowing rain water flow and increase carbon capture.

Funding to restore peatlands will be available for three years from April 2018. The closing date for applications will be 20 November 2017 and applications will be made via Defra’s e-tendering platform.
(July 2017)


Improving operations through machine learning: apply for funding

Organisations can apply for 100% funding, up to £50,000, for projects to use machine learning to help Innovate UK make better use of its operations data through the improving operations through machine learning fund.

Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence which allows computers to become more accurate in predicting outcomes without explicit programming, using algorithms that iteratively learn from data. Proposals should show how these ideas would:

improve operational efficiency
improve the efficiency and quality of decision-making, both pre and post-funding award

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition, phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition.

The registration deadline for the competition is midday on 6 September 2017, application deadline for phase 1 is midday on 13 September 2017.
(July 2017)


Business productivity portal: apply for innovation funding

Innovate UK are inviting bids for 100% funding of up to £110,000 to develop solutions that help businesses access information on how they can improve productivity. The Business Productivity Portal will help them find new opportunities to improve productivity levels where they work. They will support companies at all levels – from business leaders and management to employees.

Funding is available for feasibility studies on one or more of the following:

technical solution
commercialisation plan for taking the solution into the market
possible commercial models

Innovate UK is running this competition with the Productivity Leadership Group. This is phase 1 of a 2-phase Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition.

The registration deadline is midday on Wednesday 27 September 2017, application deadline midday on Wednesday 4 October 2017 and there will be a briefing webinar for potential applicants on 3 August 2017. Projects are expected to last up to four months and to finish by Friday 30 March 2018.
(July 2017)


Emerge: Creative Industries

EMERGE Creative Enterprise will lead the next generation of creative entrepreneurs aged 16-25 to kick-start their creative careers. The initiative is an RBS Skills and Opportunities Funded programme open to young people aged 16-25 in 2017-18. The programme offers free advice, training and information to individual freelancers, sole traders and micro businesses looking to turn a creative talent into a business in the creative industries. Deadline for applications: 14 August 2017, 5pm.

More information


Innovate UK: Materials and Manufacturing

Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects in manufacturing and/or materials. Projects to be funded will forcus on identified technical or commercial challenges. These should lead to increased productivity, competitiveness and growth for UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Projects to range in size from total project costs of £50,000 to £2 million. Projects should last between 6 months and 3 years.

Projects must involve at least one SME, working alone or in collaboration with other organisations. Projects longer than 12 months or with costs of £100,000 or more, must be collaborative with other grant claiming partners.

ENDS 12 July 2017

More information
(July 2017)


The Big House Elevator - taking your business to new heights!

The Big House Elevator is an exciting new programme which understands the business needs of creative and digital SMEs in the D2N2 area. By exploring alternative business models and new ways to generate revenue, Elevator will support established businesses reach their full potential. A combination of workshops, one-to-one mentoring and grant funding are available.

You could be eligible for a Big House talent grant if:
You are an SME (small-medium sized enterprises must have less than 250 employees)
Your business is in the creative or digital sector
Your business is registered with HMRC or Companies House
You are a trading or ready to begin trading
You are based in the D2N2 area
You are seeking to buy in expertise or skills in order to grow your business

Up to 30% funding may be available where the eligible project spend is between £500 and £7500.

If you are an SME in the creative and digital sector and have any queries about what Elevator has to offer, contact the team at Nottingham Trent University: or call 0115 848 4297 to speak to Kate Ling.

The Big House is an ERDF project delivered by several partner organisations to ensure that creative and digital industries across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire receive the support they need. The programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is due to run until 2019.
(June 2017)


World of Opportunity SME Grants Programme

Heathrow have launched a new grants programme in partnership with the Department of International Trade’s, Exporting is GREAT campaign.

The World of Opportunity SME Grants Programme will provide 20 UK SMEs with a grant of £2,000 to help fund a visit to a trade mission, trade show or to carry out market research. The programme will help prepare each successful applicant for international trade as well as giving them exclusive lounge access as they depart Heathrow from Programme supporter, Plaza Premium lounges.

Applications are invited for a specific trade mission or trade show. Applications close on Friday 14 July 14
(June 2017)


Information Commissioner Grants Programme

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a Grants Programme to promote and support independent, innovative research and solutions focused on privacy and data protection issues. Awards will be for a minimum £20,000 and a maximum £100,0000.

The objectives of the ICO Grants Programme are to:
•Support and encourage research and privacy enhancing solutions in significant areas of data protection risk, focused on projects that will make a real different to the UK public.
•Increase awareness of privacy enhancing solutions with data controllers across the UK.
•Improve understanding of how individuals view privacy issues, interactions with new technologies and promote better public awareness.
•Promote uptake and application of research results by relevant stakeholders, including policy makers.
•Develop existing privacy research capacity in academic and not-for-profit sectors.

Proposals do not need to be technology based but must have practical application and be of clear public benefit to the UK. Eligible organisations are invited to bid for grants to facilitate independent research and projects that meet one or more of the five strategic goals set out in the ICO’s Information Rights Strategic Plan.
(June 2017)


Pedal Peak for business initiative

Peak District National Park are operating a grants scheme as part of the Pedal Peak for business initiative, to support Derbyshire businesses to offer good quality experiences for all types of cyclists and stimulate the cycling economy.

The fund will provide 50% towards the expenditure for small-scale projects which will help create cycle friendly places that meet the needs of residents, day visitors and touring cyclists.
The project is funded from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

All types of tourism businesses may apply, including Sole Trader, Partnership or a Limited Company.
Businesses must be located in Derbyshire within a specific area; in exceptional circumstances a grant outside the target area could be considered.
Businesses must have less than 250 employees at the time of their application and be classed as a micro, small or medium-sized enterprise.

The fund is targeted at businesses in the following cluster areas to achieve maximum impact:
Bakewell, Rowsley, Matlock and the Monsal Trail.
Ashbourne, Hartington and the Tissington Trail.
Wirksworth, Carsington and the High Peak Trail.
The Hope Valley.

To apply contact the Customer and Business Support Team on (01629) 816200 or email csoe.evc@ekititgvuutmrsriepadsrc.o.k who will log your enquiry and pass it on to the Pedal Peak Business Officer to get in touch with you to discuss your idea.
(June 2017)


Veolia Environmental Trust

The Veolia Environmental Trust has reopened to applications for grants for capital improvement projects of up to £75,000. Projects must be within the proximity of a qualifying Veolia site.
The following are qualifying categories:
•Community buildings and rooms, including community centres, village halls, community spaces within religious buildings, and Scout or Girlguiding buildings.
•Outdoor spaces, including public parks, nature reserves, community gardens, footpaths, bridleways and cycle-paths.
•Play and recreation, including play areas, skateparks, multi use games areas, sports grounds, pavilions and changing rooms.

Eligible constituted not-for-profit organisations should apply to the Veolia Environmental Trust before 31 August 2017 (12 noon).
(June 2017)


Midlands Engine Market Visit Programme 2017

Express your interest in one of six market visits that form the core of the Midlands Engine programme for 2017/18. Each focuses on key target markets and sectors of strength from the region.
Find out more
(June 2017)


Design Foundations Project

Innovate UK is to invest up to £1 million in early-stage, human-centred design projects. These projects will help businesses identify high-value innovation opportunities and generate ideas for new products, services or business models that align with customer demand. Proposals should use recognised design processes to understand customer motivations and behaviour, inspire new ideas, support decision-making and inform innovation strategy. Projects should cost no more than £60,000 in total and last no more than 6 months.
A single UK business must lead the project. However, businesses may use up to 70% of the total project cost to sub-contract required services such as design expertise. Register for the Design Foundations Project before midday on 14 June 2017
(May 2017)



Eurostars-2 programme has reopened. The scheme supports innovative R&D in small and medium-sized firms. The main eligibility criteria are:
•Research-performing SMEs can apply for funding under Eurostars. Other SMEs, research institutes, universities and large enterprises may also participate but the project leader must be an R&D-performing SME from a Eurostars country.
•Eurostars is open to all projects in all technology areas and market fields, but projects must have a civilian purpose.
•The consortium must include at least two partners independent from each other and established in at least two different Eurostars countries. Organisations from any other country may participate (as a third country), but only if two Eurostars countries are already in the project. Subcontractors are not considered as project partners.
•The project must be completed in 36 months or less. The Eurostars project market introduction of the project results should be within 24 months of the completion of the project.

The deadline for applications is 14 September 2017.
(May 2017)


VoTech Seed Call Now Open

Ufi has launched a new round of its Seed fund to promote digital solutions for vocational learning. VocTech Seed aims to create a pipeline of new approaches to vocational learning by supporting innovative and creative projects at a relatively early stage of development. By funding the design and development of novel approaches to digital vocational learning, it takes new ideas through basic prototyping to the next stage or to extend an existing approach to a new market, industry or community of learners.

Up to £50,000 is available for projects of up to 12 months duration.

This is an open call and proposals are welcomed from industries, geographies, and digital delivery approaches (within normal parameters).

Stage 1 application form is live from 24th April to 25 May (17:00)
(May 2017)

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Funding competition: Shanghai-UK industrial challenge programme

Up to £5 million is available for UK businesses as Innovate UK and the Science & Technology Commission Dept of Shanghai Municipality get together to stimulate economic growth in China and the UK.

The funding, which is for collaborative research and development, will be allocated to around ten projects each lasting up to 36 months and in one of the following areas:
•Future cities: addressing the challenges brought on by rapid urbanisation, demographic and social change, resource scarcity and climate change
•Transformational or disruptive innovation leading to novel, new products, processes or services drawn from any technology, engineering or industrial area
(May 2017)
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Bayer Accelerator 2017 Program

The Grants4Apps® Accelerator is a mentoring program for digital health startups taking place in Berlin. This year’s batch with up to five startups runs from September until November. The program offers mentoring by entrepreneurs and Bayer experts, office space for 100 days, and funding of 50,000€.

Find out more
(May 2017)


Funding competition: biomedical catalyst 2017 round 2 late stage

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £12 million to develop innovative ideas that will help solve healthcare challenges.

Projects to range in size from total project costs of £250,000 to £4 million. Projects should last from 12 to 36 months. Projects must start by 1 February 2018 and end by 1 February 2021.

An SME must lead the project. The project must be carried out in the UK.

Find out more
(May 2017)


Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme

The Social Entrepreneurs Programme offers funding to grow your organisation for a year by providing:
•A learning programme
•A grant of up to £10,000
•A community of people who run social and environmental projects

Help is available at three stages, Start-Up, Trade Up and Scale Up whether you have just an idea, you’re already up-and-running, or you’re ready to scale.
Apply by 1pm, 26 April 2017.
(March 2017)


Prince’s Countryside Fund

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is open to applications for grants of up to £50,000 for innovative projects to support activity that results in a long-term positive impact on rural communities by helping the people that live and work in the countryside.
The current grant programme aims to tackle the following key rural issues:

To improve the prospects of viability for family farm businesses
To sustain rural communities and drive economic vibrancy
To support aid delivery in emergency and building resilience

The Fund is currently open for applications until 5pm on Thursday 13 April 2017.
(March 2017)


Small Business Finance Markets Report 2016/2017

The recent Our Small Business Finance Markets 2016/17 report, produced by the British Business Bank, shows that credit conditions for small businesses continue to improve, with a notable increase in the volume of asset finance and peer to peer business lending. Economic uncertainty has, however, had an impact on small business confidence, with a drop in the number of smaller firms expecting to grow in the coming year. Many small businesses are wary about seeking external finance, reflected in a continued trend of falling application rates.

The report also finds that equity investment, which can be especially important for growing businesses, remains clustered in London and the South East.

View a copy of the report.
(February 2017)


Coalfields Community Investment Programme (CCIP) – Funding Support

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) Funding Support is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:

Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities.

Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work.

Health: Supporting projects that increase participation in activities/services that improve the health and wellbeing of people in former coalfield communities.

The total fund value of £500,000 will be committed over the period 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018 at four decision making Committees which will take place quarterly in April, July, October and January 2018. Applications can be submitted for up to £10,000 (with a maximum of £2,000 on capital items) for activities that will benefit a priority target region.

Eligible applications will be from voluntary and community organisations and groups working to regenerate coalfield communities. These include registered Charities, Companies Limited by Guarantee, Community Benefit Societies, Community Interest Companies, Charitable Incorporated Organisations and Community Amateur Sports Clubs


Creative apprenticeships grant scheme

A new scheme is offering grants of up to £1,500 to support Nottinghamshire based creative businesses looking to take on their first apprentice.

10 supported apprenticeships are available through the Creative Apprenticeships scheme which is delivered in a partnership between Futures, New College Nottingham and the Nottingham Craft Academy.

The scheme also provides specialist craft input from Debbie Bryan of the Nottingham Craft Academy.

Funding is only available to businesses which are based in the county of Nottinghamshire (excluding Nottingham City) and are looking to hire an apprentice for the first time. The apprentice must also live in Nottinghamshire.

Further information is available from the Nottingham Craft Academy who run drop in surgeries on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at Debbie Bryan’s shop in the Lace Market from 4pm to 5pm.

Applications for grants to the scheme are due to close at 5pm on Friday 24 March, 2017 subject to availability.


Nottinghamshire Economic Development Capital Fund

Applications are invited from SME businesses in the County of Nottinghamshire (ie excluding the City Council area) for capital projects which will enable the business to grow and create new jobs. Individual capital grants area available between £20,000 and £250,000 and we expect to allocate up to £2.5m in this round. The first three rounds of the Fund have supported businesses to improve their premises, move into new premises and purchase new machinery; all of which have allowed the company to grow and create jobs for local people.

The closing date for applications is 4pm Monday 6th March 2017.

More information here
(February 2017)


Superfast South Yorkshire (SFSY) Connection and Innovation Voucher Scheme for Sheffield City Region

The SFSY Connection and Innovation Vouchers Scheme offer Connection Vouchers to encourage small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take-up faster digital connectivity across the Sheffield City Region.
Vouchers will have a maximum value which will be 50% of the actual cost for the connection or innovation provided.
A Launch Event on Monday 6 February 2017 at AMP Technology Centre, Advanced Manufacturing Park, Brunel Way, Catcliffe, Rotherham, S60 5WG will provide information about the SFSY Connection and Innovation Voucher Scheme

To register your attendance please email: vuhr@uefssuhokhr.ouocesspratotyrsiec.k
(January 2017)


Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) opens

The Rural Development Programme for England has issued calls for expressions of interest for projects in rural areas. Funding will target projects in the following sectors: food processing, tourism infrastructure and business development. Expressions of interest close on 31 January 2018. There will be local briefings, please sign up to theD2N2 Growth Hub Newsletter to ensure you receive details.
(January 2017)


Carbon Trust Green Business Fund

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund now offers a capital contribution of 30% of the total project value (maximum contribution £10,000), increased from 15%. The Fund is an energy efficiency support service for small and medium-sized companies providing direct funded support through energy assessments, training workshops, equipment procurement support and up to £10,000 capital contribution towards your energy saving equipment purchase.
Find out more about the Carbon Trust Green Business Fund
(January 2017)


Grants to Help Businesses and Community Groups in Rural Areas

Derbyshire County Council is working with Derbyshire Economic Partnership to help distribute a £1.7m funding pot from the European Union to support rural businesses in parts of Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

Businesses and community groups in rural areas of Derbyshire Dales and High Peak have until Friday 31 March 2017 to apply for grants from £2,500 to £35,000 through the county council’s Peak LEADER Rural Grants Scheme.

Grants are available to help fund:

  • Farm productivity and improvement
  • Farm diversification
  • Micro and small business support
  • Developing rural services
  • Small scale culture and heritage developments and improvements
  • Rural tourism – new small tourist attractions
  • Forestry improvements (woodland management)

Apply here

Applications will close on Friday 31 March 2017.
(January 2017)


New support for employment and skills

Three new sources of support have been launched for employers engaging new staff or developing the skills of existing staff

EMPLOY LOCAL offers support and incentives to employers across the D2N2 area who provide employment and training to people who are currently out of work, leading to sustained employment including apprenticeships. Up to £4000 may be available on a staged payment basis
For more details email:

SKILLS LOCAL provides support and incentives to employers across the D2N2 area to provide work related training for their low skilled workers including the development of higher skills pathways such as apprenticeships and graduate placements. Up to £4000 may be available on a staged payment basis.
For more details email:

The D2N1 Youth Engagement programme offers incentives for employers taking on young people aged 16 – 24 who are currently not in education, employment or training.
For the young person, personalised support will include careers advice and guidance, mentoring, provision of motivation and confidence building support, work experience and work tasters, volunteering to develop personal skills and competencies, enterprise activities to inspire participants and raise aspirations leading to referral to appropriate education, employment or training provision. Up to £4000 may be available on a staged payment basis.
For more details email:
(January 2017)


D2N2 Digital Growth Programme

The D2N2 Digital Growth Programme is a ERDF Funded programme, running from 2016 - 2019.

The programme has been designed to offer SME businesses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire the opportunity to advance the skills and knowledge base of their employees in areas from marketing to information technology, as well as offer access to grant funding to be used to advance business operations through the use of technology.

The programme includes seminars, action planning workshops, one-to-one consultancy support and grant funding to help businesses invest in ICT and transform business processes. A series of launch events will take place during February and March 2017. The D2N2 Digital Growth Programme launch seminars will walk attendees through the registration process and provide an overview of the D2N2 Digital Growth Programme outlining the real benefits associated with signing up.
(January 2017)


PRS for Music Foundation - Open Fund for Organisations

The Open Fund for Organisations supports new music projects led by promoters, talent development organisations, venues, curators and large performance groups.

Projects must involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music and enable songwriters, composers, or solo artists, bands, producers and performers of all backgrounds to develop creatively and professionally.

Support is available to any organisation whose project fits with all three funding priorities:
1.To support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre
2.To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential
3.To inspire audiences

The Open Fund is available to any not-for-profit organisation based in the UK with an eligible project

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to support touring, recording, promotion and marketing, commissions of new music by UK-based creators, exciting community projects involving high-quality music creators, music creator residencies and live programmes featuring new UK music.

First deadline for PRS for Music Foundation - Open Fund for Organisations for 2017 is 6 February.
(January 2017)


Innovation Challenge Fund

Part of the Department for Transport’s innovation funding, the Innovation Challenge Fund is designed to support the development of innovations that use or enable science, engineering and technology to address specified DfT policy goals.

Grants of up to £90,000 are available to UK-based research organisations or businesses of any size and can fund up to 100% of the cost of a project (dependent on the type and size of the organisation and category of research being undertaken), with up to 30% of the grant available at the beginning of the project.
The latest call includes three separate competitions to support development of technologies, methods or processes to help address DfT policy goals on:

•realising the benefits from unmanned and remotely piloted aircraft systems (drones)
•doubling cycling by 2025
•improving driver training

The deadline for the Innovation Challenge Fund is 13 February 2017.
(January 2017)


British Business Bank expands partnership with Funding Circle

British Business Bank Investments Ltd, the commercial arm of the government-owned British Business Bank, will today (5 Jan 2017) begin lending a further £40m to UK small businesses through the direct lending platform, Funding Circle. The news follows the success of the programme to date, where more than 10,000 businesses across the country have benefitted from £60m of government lending through Funding Circle, creating an estimated 30,000 new jobs (according to research carried out for Funding Circle by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) in August 2016). The Funding Circle model has opened up small business lending to a wide range of investors, improving competition in the market and reducing dependency on bank lending. This latest investment is recognition of the efficiency of the direct lending model, and its ability to channel much-needed funds to the real economy, whilst providing investors with attractive, stable returns.
Find more information here
(January 2017)

Seraphim Capital launches pioneering space tech fund

Seraphim Capital has launched the world’s largest ever, early-stage, space-sector, venture fund. The fund – focussed on early stage space-related technology businesses – is targeting an £80m final close during the next two quarters and is backed by a £30m investment from the British Business Bank (made under its Enterprise Capital Funds (ECF) programme) alongside smart capital from leading international space companies, family offices and individual investors.

The Seraphim Space Fund will be the first fund of its size anywhere in the world to focus on investing in early-stage technology companies emerging from the ‘new space’ revolution.
The Fund will invest in commercial applications in both downstream (software), and upstream (hardware) opportunities, as well as in technologies that have potential space applications such as artificial intelligence, robotics and nanomaterials.

In particular the Fund will focus on companies that use digital data from satellites that is already delivering commercial advantage and social innovations ranging from intelligent transport and smart cities through to sectors such as insurance, maritime, agriculture or oil and gas.

Find out more
(January 2017)


Funding for faster broadband technology and to promote more energy efficient business operations and grow the low carbon economy.

D2N2 has opened up bids for funding for major programmes to extend the roll-out of faster broadband technology across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and to promote more energy efficient business operations and grow the low carbon economy.

Organisations with projects which they believe can fulfil these aims can now apply for support from the two programmes; which are both funded via the European Regional Development (ERDF) portion of D2N2’s wider €250million European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF):

This includes extending fibre broadband availability and the roll-out of high-speed networks, and to support the adoption of emerging technologies and networks for the digital economy by businesses.

The aim is to enable more small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to gain access to superfast – 30 megabits per second (mbs) or above – and high growth firms to gain access to ultra-fast (100mbs or above) fibre broadband, through the provision of infrastructure (including cabling and broadband ‘cabinets’).

Applications must be for projects worth a total of one million pounds, with bidders prepared to provide up to 50% matched funding (£500,000).

The deadline for applications for funding is Friday February 17 (2017).

For more information and to make an outline funding application see the Gov.UK website.


The D2N2 low carbon programme is calling for projects which will promote:

•production and distribution of renewable energy;
•more efficient use of energy, and of renewable energy, in business;
•energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in the public sector, including in public buildings and the housing sector;
•strategies which reduce carbon dioxide and other emissions for all types of environment, including urban areas;
•research and innovation in, and adoption of, low-carbon technologies.

Applications must be for projects worth a total of one million pounds, with bidders prepared to provide up to 50% matched funding (£500,000).

Funding is technically available until October 31, 2017, but project organisers are advised to make an outline application as soon as possible, as there will be an assessment of the first group of applications received by February 17 2017.

For more information and to make an outline application see the Gov.UK website
(December 2016)


The Scottish Power Energy People Trust is accepting applications from charitable organisations in England, Scotland and Wales that work to help people whose lives are affected by fuel poverty.
Charitable organisations can apply for grants of up to £50,000 to support projects or schemes covering the following:
•Energy efficiency measures - improving home energy efficiency through draught proofing, insulating and/or other practical measures.
•Income maximisation - providing funding to front line charities that carry out benefits advice to households missing out on financial help that they are entitled to through welfare benefits and tax credits.
•Fuel debt assistance - providing assistance, or funding the provision by other persons of assistance, to reduce or cancel debts for household electricity or gas supply, where such assistance is provided as part of a package of measures aimed at providing customers with long-term relief from fuel poverty.
•Any combination of the above.
The Energy People Trust, with funding from ScottishPower and voluntary donations from independent supporters, provides grants to grassroots organisations that help people who are on low incomes, live in poor housing or suffer ill health. Since its formation in 2005 the Trust has given more than £13 million in grants to projects.
There are three application deadlines in 2017: 18 January, 24 May and 4 October.
(December 2016)


Creative England and Barclays launch Barclays Eagle Lab Flight accelerator programme.
This new twelve-week accelerator is a unique opportunity for creative technology SMEs who are looking to scale up. Companies will get the support and help they need early on in their business life-cycle through workshops, masterclasses and mentor programmes, gaining invaluable experience and insights. ‘Barclays’ Eagle Lab – Flight’ will be led by Creative England and implemented through Barclays’ successful Eagle Labs programme. Closing date for applications is 31 December 2016.
(December 2016)


British Business Bank backs new £150m Accelerated Digital Ventures (ADV) platform to boost digital businesses
The British Business Bank has announced it is backing a new venture to provide investment to innovative UK digital technology businesses, driving growth and job creation across the country.

A third of the funding for the new £150m platform, which will provide evergreen, patient capital to smaller businesses looking to grow no matter what stage of development, will be provided under the Bank’s Enterprise Capital Funds (ECF) programme. Click here for more information
(December 2016)


Creative and Digital Support
A new programme – the Creative and Digital Industries D2N2 Consortium for increased SME Competitiveness – will launch this year (2016) and is due to last three years. CDI is one of the D2N2 LEP’s chosen eight key sectors. The programme will offer services to businesses across the D2N2 area under the brand name of The Big House. SMEs will be able to get advice on:
•Getting established, if they are a start-up company.
•Accessing grants and business management help which enables their company to grow, become more efficient and bring products to market more quickly.
•A high growth programme, aimed at firms seen as having the greatest growth potential (digital enterprises are a fast growing part of the sector across the D2N2 area).
•Additional projects to grow the numbers of black and ethnic minority employees, and women workers, who are currently under-represented in the CDI sector.
Many of the programme’s services will be offered online. It is estimated that around 500 CDI sector businesses will be helped over the project’s three years.
For more information on the Big House project contact Steph Robertson, Communications and Media Manager at Nottingham’s Creative Quarter on 0115 7100107, or by email: sehcetvqatrcmtp@raieure.o.
(December 2016)


New calls for proposals for ESIF funded projects in the D2N2 area

More than £7million is now available through the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership to help people find jobs, employers to plug skills gaps in their workforces and for the area to retain the highly-skilled graduates required for a modern, high skilled, high growth economy.

The new funding – which organisations can now bid to apply for – is being provided through D2N2’s European Social Fund (ESF) allocation, itself part of the larger €250milion in European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) which is being used to support a wide variety of business and economic growth activities over six years (to 2020).


ESF logo

The three initiatives now open for project bids are:


  • Higher Skills Development
  • Enterprise, Innovation and Pathways
  • Develop Sector Growth (focused support for SMEs in D2N2 LEP area growth sectors)

Two workshops are planned to support those wishing to bid for funding under the above ESIF projects :
Nottingham - Monday 28 November 2016 – 10am to 3.00pm. Park Inn Hotel, Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG5 2BT. Book here.

Derby - Wednesday 30 November 2016 – 10am to 3.00pm. Derby Silk Mill, 19 Full Street, Derby, DE1 3AF. Book here.

Higher Skills Development – £4.7million from the European Social Fund (ESF) portion of D2N2’s ESIF allocation, for projects helping the D2N2 LEP area retain more graduate talent and create more business-based programmes to retain and develop them.

Project bids must be for at least £100,000 in ESF and bidders must provide match (half of the project total) funding for their projects.

The programme will
•Provide a support mechanism for SMEs (small medium size employers) and Micro businesses to create career pathways of higher and degree apprenticeships for their workforce.
•Provide incentives for SMEs and Micro businesses to support an undergraduate or post graduate student to gain actual work experience and to offer a job with a career pathway on completion of study.
•Support disadvantaged students on higher level programmes to access employability skills, work experience and advice to increase their local job prospects within 6-months of leaving education.
•Promote and develop better links between SMEs and Micro businesses and education institutions.
•A flexible approach to meet the needs of differing businesses

Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning - Higher Skills Development project call D2N2 LEP area (OCO8S16P0487)
Closing date: 15 January 2017

Develop Sector Growth (focused support for SMEs in D2N2 LEP area growth sectors) – £1.1million from D2N2’s ESF allocation for projects enhancing employers’ role in creating skills and training programmes in the D2N2 LEP area, which meet the needs of ‘skills gaps’ in companies’ workforces and help create new employment opportunities. This is a basic principle of D2N2’s Skills for Growth Strategy, aiming to particularly support the area’s key sectors and the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Project bids should be for a minimum of £100,000 ESF and bidders will need to provide 50% matched funding.

The programme will provide:
•Employer and sector led initiatives which will harness and enable a cultural change to the skill system across the D2N2 area.
•Enable employers of the D2N2 key priority sectors to own and develop a demand-led skills system.
•Solutions to meet the requirements of the D2N2 key priority sectors, employment growth sectors, and emerging sectors based on evidence of need.
•Promoting role models either through employers or individuals, reflecting the need to help, promote or inspire young people into various sectors, especially key sectors.

Access to Employment: Develop Sector Growth project call in D2N2 LEP area (OCO8S16P0483)
Closing date: 15 January 2017

Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning - Develop Sector Growth project call in D2N2 LEP area (OCO8S16P0485)
Closing date: 15 January 2017

Enterprise, Innovation and Pathways – £1.4 million from D2N2’s ESF allocation for a strategy to raise awareness of career opportunities and access to careers support, particularly for more disadvantaged groups where help is not already covered by other ESF-supported programmes; such as Building Better Opportunities, INSPIRE Local, CAREERS Local, EMPLOY Local and SKILLS Local. Project bids must be for at least £200,000 in ESF and bidders must provide match (half) funding for their projects.

The programme will focus on providing extra innovative support for long-term unemployed people, including those who have completed the Work Programme and where a person is still unemployed after many efforts to help them.

The programme will provide:
•Support to fill existing and future gaps in provision and activities within existing infrastructures and organisations, where there is a demonstrable evidence of need, linked to and aligned with local strategies.
•Complementary activities and resources to support the D2N2 opt-in programmes such as EMPLOY Local and SKILLS Local.
•Solutions to meet the requirements of the D2N2 key priority sectors, employment growth sectors, and emerging sectors based on evidence of need
•Additional and innovative approaches to pre-employment training, to ensure individuals have the core work-related skills that employers require, including preparation for apprenticeships.

Access to Employment: Enterprise, Innovation and Pathways project call in D2N2 LEP area (OCO8S16P0484)
Closing date: 15 January 2017

Two workshops are planned to support those wishing to bid for funding under the above ESIF projects :
Nottingham - Monday 28 November 2016 – 10am to 3.00pm. Park Inn Hotel, Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG5 2BT. Book here.

Derby - Wednesday 30 November 2016 – 10am to 3.00pm. Derby Silk Mill, 19 Full Street, Derby, DE1 3AF. Book here.

(November 2016)


Transform Foundation

The Transform Foundation is offering grants to UK charities and not-for-profit organisations with a social mission that need money to build a website.
Grants of £18,000 are available to cover strategy, design and development covering 100% of the upfront costs. Eligible applicants have an income of between £400,000 and £20 million. (Organisations outside of this income range may express interest), be able to show that their website is getting in the way of their fundraising which has real potential.
(November 2016)


The Big House

The Big House is a 3-year ERDF-funded tailored support programme for Creative and Digital Industries (CDI) in the D2N2 area, starting in January 17. The project will include grants, mentors, specialist workshops, networking opportunities and much more. Partners include The Creative Quarter, Nottingham Trent University; The Hive (Nottingham Trent University); the University of Derby; Derby QUAD; New Art Exchange; Derby Theatre; NBV and Nottingham City Council.
Find out more at a FREE breakfast meeting on 6 December at Antenna, 9A Beck St, Nottingham NG1 1EQ. To register for the event or more information email eet@otnhmiygvuvnsntigact.o.k
(November 2016)


Woodland Carbon Fund

The Woodland Carbon Fund is a grant scheme to boost the rate of woodland creation and to visibly demonstrate how, by taking a natural capital approach, woodland creation can help to meet government’s future carbon targets alongside delivering other benefits. Successful applications will be for large-scale (>30 ha with a minimum block size of 10 ha), predominantly productive woodland and, where possible, have sought opportunities to improve public access and achieve wider environmental outcomes in line with the UK Forestry Standard.
Up to £6,800 per hectare is available to create new woodland, or up to £8,500 per hectare if you provide permissive access across the woodland (dependent on its location). Applications for the Woodland Carbon Fund opened on 10 November 2016.
(November 2016)


Midlands Engine Investment Fund

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund will be a fund for funders. Ultimately the funders will provide support in three areas:

Equity - investments up to £2m
Debt - loans from £100k to £1.5m
Small business loans - loans from £25k to £150k

The contracting process for funders closed on 14 November 2016. An initial mini competition will be held in January 2016 with funds expected to be available in February/March 2017.
(November 2016)


Plug-in Motorcycle Grant

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles has launched the Plug-in Motorcycle Grant to encourage purchase of zero emission motorcycles and scooters. The plug-in motorcycle grant is deducted from the price of the vehicle at the point of sale by the dealership. No paperwork is required from the customer, except a survey, to benefit from the grant.
(November 2016)


UK Games Fund

The UK Games Fund, to support video games development, has reopened to provide grants up to £25,000 to help new and young games development businesses create working prototype games. A limited number of £50,000 grants to projects that are further advanced, to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis, may also be available.
This current funding round closes on 23 November 2016.
(November 2016)


Extension of Plug in Van Grant

The Plug-In Van grant scheme has been extended to electric trucks above 3.5 tonnes. These vehicles will now be eligible for grants of up to £20,000.
(November 2016)


Community Business Fund – Power to Change

The Community Business Fund is now open to applications for grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 from community businesses. The funding supports capital costs (including building, vehicles, equipment of significant value, refurbishment costs) or project-specific revenue costs like staff costs, professional fees and volunteer costs.
The deadline for applications is 16 December 2016.
(November 2016)


New matchmaking service for small businesses looking for finance

Small businesses struggling to access finance from big banks will be matched with alternative finance options, under a new government scheme.
Nine of the UK’s biggest banks will pass on the details of small businesses they have rejected for finance to three finance platforms - Funding Xchange, Business Finance Compared and Funding Options. These platforms will then share details with alternative finance providers and go on to facilitate a conversation between the business and any provider who expresses an interest in supplying finance to them.
The new rules are designed to make it easier for businesses to access finance when they have been turned down by traditional lenders.
More details are available in the Government press release
(November 2016)


Reach Fund to encourage charities and social enterprises to access social investment

The £4m Reach Fund is a grant fund to encourage charities and social enterprises to access social investment.
Launched by Access: the Foundation for Social Investment and administered by the Social Investment Business the fund will provide grants to organisations who need specific support to be able to take on a loan, and is designed to test a new model of investment readiness support.
Grants of up to £15,000 will be available. Charities who want to use the fund must be referred by approved social investors, called Access Points, who must be willing to make an investment in the organisation if they become “investment ready”. Charities and social enterprises will be able to register for the Reach Fund from Tuesday 1 November 2016.
(October 2016)


Music Export Growth Scheme

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has re-launched Music Export Growth Scheme in partnership with the (British Phonographic Industry) BPI to help UK acts achieve global recognition. Up to £2.8 million will be made available in grants to help British acts and independent labels export their music to overseas markets.
Delivered through the Exporting is GREAT campaign and operated through the BPI, small and medium sized music companies will be eligible for grants ranging from £5,000 to £50,000 to help promote British artists around the world, giving them the opportunity to go global with their talents.
Funding will be made available until 2020 with the deadline for the first wave of applications being 7 November 2016. Apply here.
(October 2016)


Shell Springboard Low Carbon Award
The application window for the Shell Springboard low carbon awardof up to £150,000 of equity-free funding for UK low-carbon enterprises will close at 5pm on Friday, 28 October. Alongside funding, the programme provides access to networking events with the key players in the low carbon sector, comprehensive business feedback from an independent panel of judges and exciting publicity opportunities. They are looking for UK-based SMEs that help reduce carbon emissions; are commercially viable; and demonstrate an innovative technical or business approach.
(October 2016)


Architectural Heritage Fund
The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) has announced details of the 2017 Projects Development Grants programme, available to not-for-profit groups in the UK.
Grants of up to £25,000 are available for any work that is essential for taking the project forward towards the goal of revitalising an historic building, not for on-site capital works. Examples of eligible costs include:
•The employment of a project co-ordinator
•Fees for consultants needed to help progress the organisation's plans
•Property valuation
•Costs associated with developing a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund or other capital funders
•Costs of community engagement work
•Legal costs where this is critical in establishing ownership or the viability of proposed uses
The 2016/2017 deadlines are 26 October 2016, 15 February 2017, 10 May 2017, 16 August 2017, and 1 November 2017.
The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is an independent charity that was established to encourage and support the work of registered charities and constituted not-for-profit organisations that is dedicated to the preservation and renewal of buildings of architectural and historic significance which have failed to find a viable re-use on the open market.
(October 2016)


iAMDigital Fund
Creative England and Nominet Trust have launched the £1m iAMDigital Fund, to support new and established SMEs to improve digital skills for young people. Investments ranging from £50,000 to £200,000 will be available to ‘scalable SMEs’ to support build business capacity and investment for growth. The project will measure the social impact of the ventures and inform future projects to increase digital engagement. Deadline 27 October 2016 for expressions of interest and 1 December 2016 for full applications.
(October 2016)

Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme

The Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme has been developed by the UK government to provide access to a subsidised broadband installation to homes and businesses that are unable to access a broadband service with a download speed of at least 2Mb per second and who will not benefit from the superfast broadband roll out. The subsidy provides support towards the cost of the equipment and installation of a satellite or wireless broadband service, up to the value of £350.

If you currently experience poor broadband speeds, or are unable to obtain an affordable broadband service at all, the scheme will provide you with access to a basic broadband service that will offer speeds of at least 2Mb per second.
Applications to the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme can be made until the end of 2017.

If you are eligible for the subsidy you will be able to choose a service from any of the retail service providers that are part of the scheme. Each of them will offer a variety of packages based on the amount of data you need and the speed of the connection. Current participating satellite and wireless providers in Derbyshire are listed here. Information on the Nottinghamshire project is provided here
(September 2016)

Pioneer 10 programme

Businesses in Nottinghamshire are being invited to sign up for the Pioneer 10 programme, a free intensive business growth programme with tools, coaching and exclusive entrepreneurial support worth up to £15,000.
Designed for ambitious entrepreneurs and business owners in Nottinghamshire, Pioneer 10 is open to anyone of any age and experience.
(September 2016)

Innovation in health and life sciences round 1

Funding is available through Innovate UK to support innovations in agriculture, food and healthcare. Projects must involve at least one SME and focus on one of the following priority areas:
•increasing yield, quality and sustainability in agriculture and food production
•improving precision medicine, advanced therapies, pre-clinical technologies
•advancing biosciences in healthcare and agriculture and food production
An SME can apply on its own for funding of up to £100,000.
Innovate UK expect to fund some projects to last up to 12 months with total costs of up to £100,000 and other projects between 12 and 36 months with total costs between £100,000 and £2 million. Businesses could attract up to 70% public funding of their eligible costs.
The deadline for registration for Innovation in health and life sciences round 1 is at noon on 9 November 2016. A briefing event for potential applicants takes place on 19 September 2016.
(September 2016)

D2N2 Growth and Innovation Programme

The D2N2 area Growth and Innovation Programme brings together partner grant schemes operating in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire; the area for which the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership works to promote economic growth and create jobs. The Programme is a partnership initiative led by EMB that brings together three partner grant schemes:

Derby and Derbyshire Enterprise Growth Fund(D2EGF)
•University of Derby Invest to Grow scheme
•University of Nottingham N2 Business Growth Programme

Grants range from £15,000 to £500,000 and will support investment in business growth coupled with job creation.

The D2N2 Growth and Innovation Programme will run until December 2018.

The scheme includes a new source of funding for businesses outside the Derby travel to work area but within Derbyshire. D2 Enterprise Growth Fund is a grant only scheme which provides financial support at a 30% intervention rate. The grant funding provided to the project applicants is expected to generate new job creation as a result of the financial assistance awarded.
(September 2016)

The Prince's Countryside Fund

The Prince's Countryside Fund has announced grant funding support projects that enhance community services, provide training opportunities for young and unemployed people and those that focus on developing stronger, more sustainable farm businesses. Grants of up to £50,000 are available for innovative projects that will provide a lasting legacy to the individuals and communities they seek to benefit, and which tackle rural issues in three key areas:

  • improve the prospects of viability for family farm businesses
  • sustain rural communities and drive economic vibrancy
  • support aid delivery in emergency and building resilience

More details are provided in the Grant Eligibility and Guidance Document.
The scheme closes on Thursday 13 October.
(September 2016)

Supporting Food and Tourism

The Great British Food Unit fund is open to applications from local partnerships – including community groups, trade bodies and National Parks – to bid for up to £25,000 each to champion regional food and drink, growing local businesses and creating more jobs.
(September 2016)

New funding for research and innovation
Seven new Horizon 2020 funding calls open on 20 September 2016
Business will be able to apply for funds for projects in a range of fields including smart transport, autonomous transport, factories of the future, digital health, the circular economy and energy efficient buildings. There are a number of different closing dates.
(September 2016)


The Carbon Trust is launching a new energy efficiency programme called START2ACT, providing free-of-charge energy efficiency training, online energy saving advice and breakfast events to young SMEs and startups in the UK. The programme is funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme, and will be implemented in seven countries in Eastern Europe as well as in the UK
(September 2016)

Support for infrastructure technologies

Innovate UK is to invest up to £19 million ininnovation projects that test new infrastructure technologiesfor the first time in user-facing applications. The aim of this competition is to enable selected innovative infrastructure systems solutions to take the final step to market readiness by proving the business case, outcomes
The competition will be in 2 phases:
Phase 1 – funded study - projects up to total costs of £50,000 and last up to 3 months.
Phase 2 – testing the innovation in a commercial environment - projects from £250,000 to £5 million and be deployed within 1 year.
Businesses can work alone or collaborate but must involve an end customer. If you are not an SME you must involve one. The competition opens on 18 July 2016.
(September 2016)

European Regional Development Fund

A number of new business support projects are being launched part-funded by the ERDF funding allocation of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and contributions from a host of regional business support partners. These include projects to support small and medium sized enterprises in the food and drink manufacturing (FEAST) and life sciences sector (INSTILS). As the announcements have only recently been made, please call the D2N2 Growth Hub on 0333 006 9178 to find out more.

Horizon 2020: European innovation fund seeks business projects

A European funding programme for businesses and researchers is to invest more than €600 million across 7 new initiatives launched this month.
Businesses can apply for support for projects in a range of fields including smart transport, autonomous transport, factories of the future,digital health, the circular economy and energy efficient buildings.

New Innovate UK funding call - Global Cooperation Feasibility Studies The aim of this competition is to support innovative UK SMEs to carry out short international cooperation feasibility studies to build new international business networks. This can enable commercial research and innovation partnerships and can be used towards Horizon 2020 proposals. Innovate UK are looking to increase the international engagement of innovative UK SMEs and the competition will focus on supporting companies that have strong innovative ideas. The proposed activities or studies should show the development potential of an idea and the opportunities available from international partnerships and access to new markets. The feasibility studies can focus on any global market but you must explain the reasons for pursuing a specific market. Applications should also detail the potential impacts and follow-on activities envisaged. Registration deadline - Noon 21st September 2016 Application deadline - Noon 28th (September 2016)

Previous news

The Sheffield City Region (SCR) Launchpad service - delivered locally by Growing Rural Enterprise Ltd on behalf of Derbyshire Dales District Council - helps individuals thinking of starting a business, new businesses registered but not yet trading and businesses trading for up to 24 months who need help with their growth plans. The service offers both one-to-one, face-to-face advice as well as a programme of events and workshops to eligible clients across the district. Mentoring support will also be available through the main SCR Launchpad programme.

The NBV Grant for New Business supports start-up businesses based in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Eligible applicants will be ready to start trading, registered with Companies House or HMRC and will be selling to other businesses.
Grants of between £1000 and £2500 are available, up to a maximum of 25% of eligible costs, and can be used to purchase services or equipment to help you launch your new business.

Invest to Grow update - a new set of FAQs on the Invest to Grow scheme have been issued. The scheme now has a funding cap of £250k. The team are currently looking to fund projects which must be completed in terms of expenditure by the end of September 2017.

Free asbestos training is available to small businesses and sole traders across the UK between September and October, through the UK Asbestos Training Association Ltd. Venues include Nottingham (2 September and 7 October) and Burton on Trent (9 September).

Funding to research and develop projects related to connected and autonomous vehicles has been announced. Available through the Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles from 22 August 2016, projects can be either large-scale, operating at SAE level 4 automation or smaller feasibility studies and R&D, minimum total cost £250,000.
Apply for funding for projects related to connected and autonomous vehicles by 2 November 2016.

The Event Support Programmeis a new initiative from Visit Britain to support and build the business visits and events sector. The programme is expected to run for four years and provides advocacy and financial support. Support is open to Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) or venues and event organisers who are collaborating with DMOs under three streams:
•Support to attract international business events to Britain and Northern Ireland - With an emphasis on advocacy to help win bids for international events. This could include financial support for marketing activity that will help secure the event.
•Support to grow the economic value of secured events – Support for marketing activity that will boost the economic impact of the event, including trade and investment opportunities and increased delegate numbers.
•Support to create new international business events – For example, growing an existing domestic business event into a significant international event, or an initiative that will introduce a new, or cloned version of an established overseas event to Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
August 2016

The Great British Food Unit fund is open to applications from local partnerships – including community groups, trade bodies and National Parks – to bid for up to £25,000 each to champion regional food and drink, growing local businesses and creating more jobs.
Before applying for the scheme, applicants must register with Defra
August 2016

The D2EGF Grant Fund is expected to be available across the whole of Derby and Derbyshire. It is currently inviting funding applications from SMEs that demonstrate growth and create jobs.
It will focus on supply chain innovation (especially focused on funding innovation in the transport & engineering sectors) and general enterprise expansion.

The fund will aim to provide the minimum level of funding necessary for a project to take place, up to a maximum of 30% of the total project costs and £10,000 per new full-time-equivalent job created. The minimum grant award is likely to be in region of £10,000 and maximum is unlikely to exceed £200,000. The average size of grant is likely to be around £60-80k.
Expressions of interest are currently being taken.

Innovate UK is to invest up to £19 million in innovation projects that test new infrastructure technologies for the first time in user-facing applications. The aim of this competition is to enable selected innovative infrastructure systems solutions to take the final step to market readiness by proving the business case and test outcomes.

The competition will be in 2 phases:

Phase 1 – funded study - projects up to total costs of £50,000 and last up to 3 months.
Phase 2 – testing the innovation in a commercial environment - projects from £250,000 to £5 million and be deployed within 1 year.

Businesses can work alone or collaborate but must involve an end customer. If you are not an SME you must involve one. The competition first of a kind deployment of innovation opened on 18 July 2016.
August 2016

HLF and Arts Council England (ACE) have announced a new scheme to pilot new ways of working between cultural, community and civic organisations.

Grants of £500,000 to £1.5m will support a range of activities in 12 pilot areas across England including new ways to include arts, culture and heritage in the provision of local education or health services; research into the contribution made by arts, culture and heritage to local economies and development of local strategies that turn conversations and creation of networks into action to maximise the community benefit that local arts, culture and heritage can deliver.
August 2016

Heritage is about what we value from our past – what we decide to keep, to conserve, to re-use, to share and to celebrate. It’s about memories, cultures and ways of life as well as places, buildings and objects. Everybody has their own idea about what they value from the past and what people value reflects the different identities that people have.

The heritage assets of a place – its buildings, historic parks, museums and libraries, as well as its long-established business, shops and pubs – are all valued community assets that people want to protect, keep and use. Community Rights make it easier to make sure that valued local heritage is protected, continues to exist, and benefits communities.

Find out how you can join the thousands of communities who are using Community Rights to celebrate and safeguard their heritage assets with a new resource by the Department for Communities and Local Government, Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, Locality, The Architectural Heritage Fund, Civic Voice and Groundwork.
July 2016

D2N2 LEP is inviting applications to its Growing Places Fund (GPF). Individual loans to companies or organisations will be between £250,000 and a maximum of £2million, and must be to finance capital (building and infrastructure) to help further businesses’ development. Find out more on our news page.

Innovate UK: Open funding competition - Innovate UK is investing up to £15 million in innovative R&D projects. The competition is open to all UK companies. Registration deadline noon 31 August 2016, Application deadline noon 7 September 2016. The competition is open to the best innovative business-led ideas or concepts. These can be drawn from any technology, engineering or industrial area, including Innovate UK’s 4 priority sectors for growth.
To be in scope, a proposal must:

  • demonstrate innovation leading to novel, new products, processes or services

  • articulate a clear and anticipated growth impact for the business(s) leading to a significant return on investment (ROI)

  • Priority will be given to proposals that are likely to lead to sustainable gains in productivity and/or access to new overseas markets through export led business growth.


Projects may last between 6 and 36 months. Total eligible project costs should range from £25,000 to £1 million depending on the type of R&D to be undertaken.
July 2016

Catalysing Growth through Research for Transport Equipment Manufacturing is aimed at companies involved in road, rail and aerospace equipment manufacture. Firms can apply for research and innovation funding financed via the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership. The project is delivered by the University of Derby and Loughborough University. It will cost £2.7m in total – £1.3m of that coming from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the remainder from the two universities.
July 2016

Enabling Innovation is a new project that aims to assist small and medium-sized companies to innovate and grow with the aid of £10.1million in funding through the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership. The major project will be part-financed by funds via D2N2 – the business-led partnership promoting economic growth and jobs creation across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire – over three years. ‘Enabling Innovation’ will cost £20.3m in total. D2N2 will provide £10.1m of that through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), giving significant financial support to the project. The University of Derby , University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University will deliver the project and also co-invest in it. For more information see our Innovation and New Products page.

Innovate UK have also launched the Women in innovation: infocus funding award or call 0844 887 2568.

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme helps businesses to innovate and grow. It does this by linking them with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project. Each KTP is a three-way partnership between a business, an academic institution and a graduate. The academic institution employs the recently-qualified graduate who works at the company. The graduate, known as the ‘associate', brings new skills and knowledge to the business. If you already have a working relationship with a university, you should contact them. A KTP can last between 12 and 36 months depending on the project and the needs of the business. It is part-funded by a grant. The amount businesses need to contribute is different for SMEs and larger companies. 2016 closing dates for submission are 6 July, 7 September and 2 November.

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund: up to 15% of costs to a maximum of £10,000 to small and medium sized businesses, who could benefit from financial support when buying energy saving equipment including lighting, heating or air conditioning equipment. In addition to grant funding the scheme will offer workshops (aimed at companies with fewer than 50 employees) to help small businesses work out how best to identify the energy saving opportunities available to them, funded energy audits and procurement support.Apply online
May 2016

  • The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) will look to boost the economies of the East and West Midlands and help their small businesses to grow. It is a joint agreement between the British Business Bank and eleven Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) – including D2N2. For information on the progress of the MIEF please click here.
  • Coventry University Enterprises Ltd in conjunction with Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) have launched a new service, Innovate2Succeed a programme of coaching support delivered by EEN Advisers. The programme aims to help innovation focussed SMEs identify business issues standing in the way of successful innovation and develop their own strategies to address them. Funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 framework.
  • The Energy Catalyst is open to UK businesses and research organisations, including academia. The Energy Catalyst will fund projects which deliver innovative solutions that address all elements of the energy ‘trilemma’ of reducing emissions, improving security of supply and reducing cost. DFID’s grant funding into Round 4 has the additional objective of “Transforming Energy Access” for poor households and communities, particularly in Sub-Saharan and South Asian countries. The objective of the Energy Catalyst is to accelerate UK business growth and GDP in this global market area by leveraging the best of UK energy technology innovation. The energy "trilemma" presents an international as well as a UK market opportunity to UK businesses and applicants may focus on addressing market needs in any country provided that the project is also relevant to the needs of developing countries. You can lead a proposal if you are either: an SME acting on your own or working with any other with any type of organisation, a research organisation collaborating with a business, your project can last up to one year, the total cost of your project can be up to £200,000, the total non-business-partner costs must not exceed 50% of the total project costs. Business partner funding can be up to 70% of their total project costs for small or micro SMEs, 60% for medium SMEs or 50% for larger companies. The Energy Catalyst Round 4 competition opens on 4th April 2016. To apply you must register by noon on 7th September 2016 and you must submit your application one week later, by noon 14th September 2016.
  • July 2016
  • The EU Horizon 2020 programme has announced it's Engine Retrofit for Clean Air Prize. This competition with a prize of 1.5m euros closes on 12th September. The Horizon Prize for the Engine retrofit for clean air aims at spurring the development of new technologies that can be applied to existing diesel engines and powertrains to reduce pollutant emissions in real driving conditions to a level comparable with that of new cars responding to the emissions legislation in force from 2017. It aims at reducing the pollution produced by the existing fleet by retrofittable technology (i.e. additional devices and/or modification of existing diesel engines). The Prize will be awarded to the applicant or team demonstrating the lowest emission of NOX (a generic term for the various nitrogen oxides), PN/PM (particulate matter in terms of number of particles and mass, respectively) and other pollutants under real urban driving conditions on the road as well as under standardized conditions in the laboratory. Participants are encouraged to declare their intention to participate by registering as 'contestants' as soon as possible by sending an email to the prize mailbox EC-ENGINE-RETROFIT-PRIZE@EC.EUROPA.EU by 12 June 2017. For more information on the rules of eligibility please see :
  • June 2016
  • Nottingham City Council are offering a grant of £4,000 as an incentive for the recruitment of one of their construction industry trainees on a 12 month apprenticeship contract. For more information about this exciting offer please call 0115 876 5426.
  • The Rail Supply Growth Fund is an innovative and flexible loan fund which has been developed by Finance Birmingham in conjunction with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), which aims to help remove barriers to entry and accelerate routes to market helping to maximise commercial opportunities for businesses resulting from the modernisation of the rail network including HS2. The Fund is specifically looking to help fund increases in the capability, productivity and global competiveness of existing and new supplier with the expectation that this will lead to increased levels of employment and investment. The Rail Supply Growth Fund is available to businesses nationally (England) with loans available from £0.5m to £2m. It does have the ability to provide a financial contribution of up to 10% of the application value to assist with the introduction of innovative crossover products and services and to enhance business participation with the rail supply sector. For more details of the fund please click here to see the guidance notes and call 0121 233 4917 for details.
  • Feb 2016
  • Fully funded Construction Business training available. If you own, manage or are employed by a Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire construction business you are probably eligible for fully funded business courses via the £1 million CITB and Nottingham City Council Joint Investment Strategy. Funding is available to pay for you and your employees to train and to gain the skills and qualifications they need to push your business up to the next level. Courses on offer include social media for the construction business, tender writing, construction business management, CDM Regs, Level 3 C-ILM in construction and management for the built environment, construction strategy and an NVQ level 6 in site management. Please see link to the current portfolio of courses that are available.
  • Building Productive Managers is a new programme designed to give managers the skills they need to implement strategy and support continued business success. Delivered by Pera Consulting’s team of expert business coaches, Building Productive Managers will support delegates to become more productive, more effective leaders, better able to achieve their businesses growth ambitions. This four-module programme is open to businesses within the Sheffield City Region and should include those from Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Derbyshire Dales, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire. A selection of start dates are on offer to delegates from Tuesday 12 January 2016. The cost of this course is £1,000 – funding should be available for 60% of the cost. Total cost per delegate is therefore: £400 plus VAT. For more details email jnypatprcnutn.oen.rt@eaosligcm Call 01664 501235.
  • January 2016
  • The Arts Council has launched its Ambition for excellence £35.2 million programme aimed at stimulating and supporting ambition, talent and excellence across the arts sector in England. The fund aims to realise significant impact on the growth of an ambitious international-facing arts infrastructure, especially outside London. Ambition for excellence is a rolling programme, from 28 May 2015 to 27 October 2017, and applications will be received in two stages: an expression of interest followed by an invite to apply. Applicants can apply for between £100,000 and £750,000, across a period of up to three years. Organisations eligible to submit an expression of interest include: National portfolio organisations, museums (applying for arts projects) and organisations primarily focused on one or more of the following: creating, producing, distribution and presenting the arts in England. Applications from partnerships can also be made – details of which are found in the Guidance for applicants.
  • May 2015
  • The Builders Finance Fund has reopened. The fund is designed to help restart and speed up housing developments between 5 and 250 units that have slowed down or stalled. Funding is made available on the basis that it is recoverable.
  • April 2014
  • Social entrepreneurs, social enterprises and civil society organisations can tap into funds from the Social Investment Business
  • November 2014