Grants and funding

Here you will find information on business grants and funding.

The Growth Hub have an exciting new asset to add to the portfolio of support available to D2N2 businesses in the form of an investment fund.

Who can access the fund and what is it for?

The D2N2 Business Investment Fund is available to support small and medium sized enterprises with projects that will directly improve their productivity, efficiency or job creation. The fund will support projects such as digital developments, specialist consultancy and equipment purchases.  

It is important to note that only applications that clearly show a step-change in the business activity will be supported. This grant will not support 'new-for-old' replacements.  

What value is available?

Grants of between £3,500 and £20,000 are available and will contribute up to a maximum of 35% of the project costs.

There are a number of alternative funding options available within D2N2 and the D2N2 Growth Hub will work with you to establish which solution best meets your business needs.

How do businesses apply?

Applicants will need to adhere to a financial assessment, provide quotes for purchases and must defray expenditure before claiming the grant.

For further information and to apply for a grant please contact the D2N2 Growth Hub on 0333 006 9178 or email info@d2n2growthhub.co.uk where you will be allocated to a business adviser to discuss your project.

Expressions of interest are invited up to 28 January 2022 for small and medium-sized businesses, public sector organisations, and community groups developing low carbon projects. Businesses across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire are being urged to apply for investment through the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership’s new Low Carbon Growth Fund.

The fund will invest £6.5 million in low carbon capital projects. They will create a pipeline of investable propositions that can be match funded to help our region meet high carbon dioxide output challenges and unclean industrial practices.

For more information please visit d2n2lep.org/d2n2-local-enterprise-partnership-launches-new-low-carbon-growth-fund.

DE-Carbonise offers a comprehensive programme of assistance for SMEs seeking to reduce their carbon emissions in operations, production and supply chain.

You could access a suite of carbon reduction support including:

  • A carbon reduction audit and report
  • Grant funding to implement carbon reduction recommendations
  • Technical support, consultancy and process improvements based on recommendations from the carbon reduction report
  • Cohort based learning and development for smart manufacturing and sustainable supply chain innovation

To find out how they can support your business to decarbonise and have a positive impact on the future of our plant, contact them today by using the following links.

 

The Derbyshire Business Festival offers a range of events taking place both online and at venues across Derbyshire, between October 2021 and March 2022.

The aim is to offer help and support, educate, share information and knowledge, whilst creating forums for networking, engagement, and business growth. There are a wide range of free workshops, masterclasses and networking activities offered throughout the festival, helping to support businesses within the region.

There will also be the opportunity to participate in the Derbyshire Business and Enterprise Awards ceremony and a three-day business exposition hosted in Buxton, Chesterfield and Derby.

For more information, please visit www.derby.ac.uk/business-services/fob.

For a list of events please visit www.derby.ac.uk/business-services/fob/events.

Derbyshire County Council have launched a £2 million grant fund for businesses interested in developing and investing in green energy and carbon reduction schemes. The scheme is open to small and medium sized businesses based in Derbyshire.

The programme, which is being funded through the Derbyshire County Council COVID recovery fund, is being set up in collaboration with the University of Derby as part of the COVID economic strategy and climate change commitments.

Green Entrepreneurs Demonstrator Fund

The Demonstrator Fund is available to support SME’s, sole traders, partnerships and charities who can demonstrate they have an investment plan which will lead to local low carbon or alternative energy projects/interventions.

Projects will need to be located in Derbyshire (excluding Derby City Council boundaries) and these projects could be up to three years in duration. The minimum grant available through this fund would be £100,000.

For application requirements and to register your interest please visit www.derby.ac.uk/business-services/funding/green-entrepreneurs-programme/demonstrators-fund.

Green Entrepreneurs Small Grant

The Small Grant Fund is available to support SME’s, sole traders, partnerships and charities who can demonstrate they have a project that will lead to local low carbon or alternative energy projects/interventions and that are located in Derbyshire for the benefit of Derbyshire communities (excludes Derby City Council boundaries). It is expected that these projects will be completed in terms of expenditure within 12 months following the start of the project. 

For application requirements and to register your interest please visit www.derby.ac.uk/business-services/funding/green-entrepreneurs-programme/small-grant-fund.

Scholarship Fund

The Scholarship grants will allow individuals to study around their existing responsibilities. It will enable them to obtain the skills and qualifications they need to change their career or progress in employment. The study can take place either online or face to face or a combination of both.  

For application requirements and to register your interest please visit www.derby.ac.uk/business-services/funding/green-entrepreneurs-programme/scholarship-fund.

Are you a town centre* business in Amber Valley looking to improve your shop front?

We have a small window of opportunity with a shop front improvement grant available so grab this chance whilst you can! Grants will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

  • Must be based within one of the four market towns in Amber Valley - *Alfreton, Belper, Heanor or Ripley
  • Must be a ground floor shop frontage
  • Maximum grant of £500.00
  • 50% match funding is required i.e. if the total project cost is £500.00 you will only be eligible to apply for £250.00 towards the project.

The application deadline date has been extended to 4 January 2022. You can apply by using the links below.

Rural businesses across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire can now apply for EAFRD funding to create new jobs, boost tourism, and unlock growth in rural areas.

The fund will provide grants of between £20,000 to £750,000 for rural businesses to construct or improve buildings, purchase new equipment and machinery to grow their business or open up opportunities for tourism.

There are 3 types of grant:

  • Business development
  • Food processing
  • Rural tourism infrastructure

Business development

£1.6million is being made available to invest in rural micro and small business ventures, including farming businesses diversification into non-farming activities (for example, land used for tourism or leisure-based attractions). Priority will be given to projects which:

  • Develop high growth businesses
  • Create new jobs within the business applying for funding.
  • Develop new higher skilled jobs within the applicant business.
  • Demonstrate business innovation, boosting productivity by introducing or developing new technologies or processes within the business applying.
  • Project bidders must apply for at least £35,000 in grant aid. The maximum grant is £170,000. The programme will be open for applications for 18 months, while funding is available.

Food processing

£501,253 is being made available to support the growth of food and drink processing businesses. Priority will be given to projects which:

  • Create new, higher skilled jobs.
  • Develop strong supply chains within the D2N2 area.
  • Support businesses’ growth via export and accessing new international markets or increase the volume of products exported.
  • Bring in new techniques or processes which increase production and productivity.
  • Project bidders must apply for at least £50,000 in grant aid. The maximum grant is £501,253. The programme will be open for applications for 18 months, while funding is available.

Rural tourism infrastructure

£928,247 will be used to develop rural tourism infrastructure, particularly recreational cycling, in D2N2’s rural areas. Priority will be given to projects which:

  • Enable new or existing attractions to improve their offer to visitors, encouraging longer stays and increased tourism spending in the rural D2N2 LEP area.
  • Extend the tourism season beyond the usual May to October period.
  • Improve access links to and between visitor attractions, including through development of multi-user paths.
  • Support cycling’s development, building on recent successes such as the 2015 and 2016 'Tour of Britain' cycling events.
  • Create new skilled jobs in applicant businesses.
  • Develop visitor accommodation where there is a demand for additional accommodation, as detailed in the D2N2 LEP area’s Destination Management Plan or LEP Tourism Strategy.

Applications

Project bidders must apply for at least £50,000 in grant aid. The maximum grant is £170,000. The programme will be open for applications for 12 months, while funding is available.

Project bidders can apply for capital funding to build schemes which connect rural attractions, encouraging more recreational cycling and greater numbers of visitors to come to those areas.

More information on the Rural Development Programme can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme

To support rural businesses across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to make the most of these opportunities the Rural Payments Agency, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and the D2N2 Growth Hub will be holding a series FREE of workshops to promote the funding opportunities to rural businesses. Two workshops will be held at Apex Court, City Link, Nottingham, NG2 4LA on the following dates:

  • Thursday 16 January 2020 (10:00-12:00)
  • Tuesday 4 February 2020 (10:00-12:00)

Book your place at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rdpe-growth-programme-eoi-workshop-various-locations-tickets-79685763263

Closing date for EAFRD applications is 16 February 2020.

Information points and contact details are as follows:

RDPE workshops

To support rural businesses across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to make the most of these opportunities the Rural Payments Agency and D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership will be running a series of workshops to promote the funding opportunities to rural businesses.

Three additional workshops will be held in January 2020 (10:00 to 11:30am) and will give an opportunity to meet rural advisers on how to complete high quality applications to the RDPE.    

  • Thursday 23 January 2020 at the Retford Enterprise Centre, Randall Way, Retford, DN22 7GR
  • Friday 24 January 2020 at Sharpe's Pottery Museum, West Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 9DG
  • Wednesday 29 January 2020 at North East Derbyshire District Council Offices, 2013 Mill Lane, Wingerworth, Chesterfield S42 6NG

Book your place at the January workshops.

The Government is providing up to £210m worth of voucher funding as immediate help for people experiencing slow broadband speeds in rural areas.

Vouchers worth up to £1,500 for homes and £3,500 for businesses help to cover the costs of installing gigabit broadband to people’s doorsteps.

The UK Gigabit Voucher will enable those in the hardest to reach parts of the UK to benefit from lightning-fast next generation broadband. It will hone in on supporting people in those areas least likely to be included in the commercial plans of broadband suppliers without the incentive of public subsidy, nudging the UK closer to nationwide gigabit connectivity.

To help raise awareness and drive uptake of the UK Gigabit Voucher, the voucher website has now been updated and refreshed. It includes a new premises level postcode eligibility checker that enables people to establish their eligibility for the UK Gigabit Broadband Voucher, and information on other support that may be available. This can be accessed at gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk.

Below is a list of useful links relating to UK Gigabit Voucher:

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841496 or email regeneration@ambervalley.gov.uk