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.
Manufacturing Growth Fund
This funding programme, which covers some postcodes in the Aylesbury Vale area, 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
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.
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.
SMEs can now apply for co-investment funding from DIT’s new Internationalisation Fund using European Regional Development Funding (ERDF). Companies will be given details of how to apply by their DIT International Trade Adviser (ITA) once they have agreed an export action plan which sets out the proposed activity as a key element to growing their business through international trade. SMEs should initially contact DIT’s Regional Network and discuss their plans with an adviser and agree an export action plan. If support from the Internationalisation Fund may be appropriate, the DIT adviser will give the company further information on how to apply.
Please contact the Buckinghamshire Business First Business Suppport Team on 01494 927130 for more details and to apply.
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:
- Innovation Grants through competitions for early stage innovation
- Innovation Loans for late stage R&D that remains experimental rather than commercial
Plug-in Car and Van grants
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.