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

Low Carbon Workspaces grant

Energy efficiency grants worth up to £5,000 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 >

Manufacturing Growth Fund

This funding programme, which covers Aylesbury Vale, is aimed at SMEs in Manufacturing and Logistics who:

  • have aspirations and can identify needs for growth and improvement plans
  • are willing to work with outside / external experts to implement those plans
  • are willing to take on additional people

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

Find out more here >

National Grants and Vouchers

Get a £2,500 voucher for gigabit broadband speeds

Businesses can team up together to get gigabit speeds and utilise a government voucher to part or fully fund the installation.

Find out more here >

Rural premises with broadband speeds of less than 100Mbps can use vouchers worth £1,500 per home and up to £3,500 for each small to medium-sized business (SME) to support the cost of installing new fast and reliable connections. Read more about this funding here.

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 targeted at growing exports. This includes the following:

  • 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 the Buckinghamshire Business First Business Suppport Team on 01494 927130 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.