Grants and funding

Here you will find information on grants and funding for individuals, organisations and businesses in Amber Valley.

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.

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.

 

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 £1,000
  • 50% match funding is required i.e. if the total project cost is £1,000.00 you will only be eligible to apply for £500.00 towards the project.

Deadline for applications is Friday 10 January 2020. 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.

Need further help or information?

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