Grants Bulletin Late Summer 2017

Posted on: September 13th, 2017 by Tim Buringham

Our Grants Specialist, Alison Elvey, has prepared her latest update on grants and funding available to businesses in Cornwall and beyond, which can be found below.

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New Grants & Business Support

As the summer holidays draw to a close I thought I’d squeeze in a late summer bulletin before the Autumn to ensure you’re up to date with the latest grants news.  The new Acceleration through Innovation (ATI) project is being launched next week; Round 5 of the Coastal Communities Fund has been announced, and a new call from the EU programme released, amongst others.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like to discuss any of the below or apply for a grant.


Acceleration through Innovation  

Innovation starts at ATI – a 3 year project aiming to deliver high value, high impact interventions and provide intensive support to businesses who are ‘innovation ready’ will officially launch next week.  Toe meets are planned one in Bodmin and one in Penzance.

To find out more click here.

Marine-I Discovery Room Event

As highlighted in the Spring 2017 Grants Bulletin, Marine-i is an EU funded project to stimulate and support business-led and market-driven Research & Development and Innovation (RD&I) within the marine technology sector. On 27th September an event is being held in St Austell giving the very latest insights on how RD&I in marine technology can attract investment.You can register here. 

EPIC – Ehealth Productivity & Innovation 

EPIC is a 3 year project dedicated to improving the use of technology in both health and social care, aiming to improve the health and well-being of people in C&IoS as well as the Cornish economy. Cornish SMEs will gain the opportunity to develop expertise and commercial opportunities.

You can read more here.

Coastal Communities Fund  

Coastal Communities Minister Jake Berry has confirmed the fifth round of Coastal Community Funding will open in early 2018 for projects being delivered in 2019 to 2021 with a fund of at least £40 million to help coastal areas in England.

Please see here for further details.

Power to Change – Community Business Trade Up Programme

Are you a Community Business looking to grow? You could be one of 100 businesses lucky enough to take part in the Community Business Trade Up programme which includes a grant of £10,000 and experience-based learning. The deadline is 11th October 2017.

To find out more click here.

£40 million EU funding for SMEs

Up to £40 million is now available through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to enhance the competitiveness of SMEs.

You can read more here.

Agri-Tech Cornwall

A new fund of £10m has been launched to build on our agricultural heritage and create a new Agri-Tech sector in C&IoS.

The fund will provide resources to help smaller businesses try something new which they couldn’t do without extra support.

To find out more see here.

The Lloyds Bank Foundation

The Lloyds Bank Foundation enables charities to break or prevent the cycle of disadvantage. By providing both financial and practical support, they aim to deliver lasting positive change. They offer two main funding programmes Invest (deadline 22/09/2017) and Enable.

You can read more here.

In Brief

LifeSkills with Barclays 

LifeSkills with Barclays offers £500 to young people looking to learn and develop skills through the process of running a crowdfunding campaign. In the last twelve months Barclays have pledged to 17 different projects run by young people between the age of 16-25. For further information please see here.

Kompan UK

Kompan UK has launched their annual matched funding competition for new play or fitness equipment offering the opportunity for local councils and local community groups to win 50%, 35% and 25% matched funding up to the maximum value of £40,000 each. To enter see here.

BBC Children in Need – Small Grants Programme (UK)

Not for profit organisations such as schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10k per year for up to 3 years for projects that help children and young people overcome the effects of illness, distress, abuse or neglect; disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and poverty and deprivation. Trewirgie Junior School benefitted in the past with a grant of £9,760 to provide after school sailing sessions to disadvantaged children aged 7-11. Deadline 01/12/2017.

More information available here.

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