Grants and vouchers

An overview of available grant funding, as well as non-grant products that can also support your business.

Check out the Better Business Finance finder and the Government’s comprehensive database of finance available, both good sources of support.

Local Grants and Vouchers

Growth Grants 

£1,000 Growth Grant are available to assist your business to invest in projects that will help your business grow. Whether you are considering investing in a project to increase sales, productivity and profitability or improve business processes, this grant can provide a grant of £1,000 when total project value is £4,000 or more.

LEADER funding

Grants worth up to €200,000 are available to small and medium-sized rural businesses in the Chilterns and Clay Vales areas of Buckinghamshire and in parts of Northamptonshire. Grants are available to help small and medium sized rural businesses to grow, for farmers wishing to diversify, and to help and support tourism projects, community groups, foresters and other rural enterprises.

Low Carbon Workspaces Grant

Energy Efficiency grants worth up to £2,500 are available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Buckinghamshire.  The Low Carbon Workspaces programme offers grants to help SMEs reduce their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions, through the installation of energy efficiency measures, including LED lighting, boiler replacement and insulation. 

Visit the Low Carbon Workspaces website for more information and to check your eligibility >

Velocity

Velocity provides grant funding of up to £10,000 in revenue funding and is available for eligible companies based in Aylesbury Vale. These grants need to be match funded on a 2:1 basis and the aim of the grant scheme is to create sustainable new private sector jobs.

Velocity grants are available for Aylesbury Vale businesses with fewer than 250 employees who have operating for a year or more.

Read more about this programme >

Manufacturing Growth Fund

This funding programme, which covers Aylesbury Vale, is:

Aimed at SME’s in Manufacturing and Logistics who have aspirations and can identify needs for growth and improvement plans and who are willing to take on additional people
Who are willing to work with outside / external experts to implement those plans

Funding covers up to 35% of the costs of implementing the plans through the outside/ external experts.

Innovation Bridge

Innovation Bridge is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project that provides a free business review and then the support of a university academic to develop an innovation action plan to support the growth of the business. It is limited to businesses in the Aylesbury Vale. Following the action plan, there is a grant programme which can offer up to 30% of the costs of the implementation of elements of the plan.

Learn more about this project >

FEAST

FEAST is an offer for Food and Drink manufacturers in the Aylesbury Vale District Council area.

Grants, mentoring, events and technical support are all available, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Eligibility is restricted to Food and Drink manufacturers selling business to business (Retail is excluded). Grants are for Capital purchases only.

Please contact the business support team for more information: BusinessSupport@bbf.uk.com / 01494 927130.

National Grants and Vouchers

Export Funding – Global Growth Programme

This programme helps Mid Sized companies (£5m to £40m Turnover) to increase their Exports.

Up to £3,500 is available towards expenditure targetted at growing exports. This includes the folowing:

  • Market research
  • Sales prospecting
  • Market entry strategy
  • Due diligence
  • Legal advice
  • Intellectual property advice
  • Translation services
  • Product development and localisation

The number of grants available are limited.

Please contact Business Suppport on 01494 927 130 for more details and to apply.

Innovate UK

This government innovation agency offers a range of grants for businesses of all sizes. These are available through competition calls. Check the website regularly for open competitions.

Since 2007 Innovate UK has invested over £1.5 billion in innovation, matched by a further £1.5 billion in partner and business funding, helping more than 5,000 innovative companies in projects estimated to add £7.5 billion to the UK economy and create 35,000 extra new jobs.

Pilot programme of loans

A pilot programme of loans has been running since February 2018, offering:

You can sign up for newsletters from Innovate UK here.

Low Carbon Funding Landscape Navigator

The Low Carbon Funding Landscape Navigator, provided by the Energy Knowledge Transfer Network, takes users through the low carbon energy funding landscape, providing guidance on public and private funding bodies and support mechanisms for UK low carbon energy projects. You can search by key word and technology type to find funding that suits you.

Plug-in Car and Van grants

You can get a grant towards the cost of each new electric (plug-in) car or van you buy, if it meets certain conditions.

Grants are available for:

  • 35% off the cost of a car, up to a maximum of £5,000
  • 20% off the cost of a van, up to a maximum of £8,000

As of 1 March 2016, these grant rates have changed.

Grants are also available to limit the costs of charging electric vehicles.

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Research Grants

STFC provides research grant funding to UK Higher Education Institutions and other eligible research organisations for research in the fields of astronomy, particle physics and nuclear physics, and for associated technology development, research infrastructure and knowledge exchange.

Department for International Trade Export Finance

Department for International Trade Export Finance provides insurance to UK exporters and guarantees to banks to share the risks of providing export finance. In addition, they can make loans to overseas buyers of goods and services from the UK.