This page aims to give you a comprehensive overview of what to expect and consider before you apply for grant funding as well as useful links to funding available in the D2N2 area.
Please click through the headings below to jump to specific areas and find out more:
In general grants are available for the following types of activity:
The above list is not exhaustive. There are typically no grants available for vehicles, stock or general running costs such as rent, wages etc.
Applications for grant funding should be carefully considered before applications are made as they will require a certain time commitment in order to increase the chances of a successful application.
Some important things to consider are:
An example of a typical successful grant application process is given below:
The eligibility criteria will vary from programme to programme but the key criteria is usually:
Please ensure that you read the specific eligibility criteria for the grant that you are applying for beforehand.
Other important factors that can affect eligibility are:
Q: How do I know if I have an eligible project?
A: If you know the adviser of the specific grant you are thinking of, ask them directly. If you are not sure and it is a more general enquiry, call your local Growth Hub.
Q: What if I am looking for grants that are outside of the types of funding you mentioned?
A: If you are not sure, call your local Growth Hub. The list is not exhaustive and there may be additional support available to you. This could be in the form of grants, 1-2-1 adviser support or expert webinars that might help you in your topic area.
Q: Can multiple grants can be applied for simultaneously?
A: Check you are within your de Minimis state aid allowance and apply for grants in priority order. You cannot apply for more than one grant for the same items.
Q: What different types of grants are there?
A: Grants can be national, regional or local – when you find a grant check that it covers your location
Q: Which grant is right for my business?
A: Grants will be targeting different types of companies – check you meet the criteria of the grant and always read the guidance notes
Q: Who can I talk to for advice?
A: Chambers of Commerce and Growth Hubs are useful local resources – utilise them as much as possible to find out about potential support for your business. If you register with the D2N2 Growth Hub, your business adviser will be able to assist you in the application process.
Q: Do I have to be an established company to apply for grant funding?
A: This depends on the type of grant and there are some available to specifically support start-ups. However, it is more common that you would need to show at least 12 months of accounts records.
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