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This grant funding page has been developed by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Access to Finance Group. It provides an overview of available grant funding streams and is updated monthly.

There are many other non-grant products available. This factsheet complements the Better Business Finance tool, which is an online searchable tool for all business finance. Whilst contact information about individual products is given below, all initial enquiries can be directed to the Black Country Growth Hub on 01902 321 272 or email

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Grants for Capital Expenditure

Funding programme Available
Black Country Transformational GOLD is designed to assist SMEs deliver transformational projects, with the aid of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) support. It can provide capital and revenue grants of 30% of total transformational, job creation project costs. The current bidding round is closed but will be reopening early 2017. Expression of interest form

Grants for New Products or Processes

Funding programme Available
The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) - New government review to boost innovation and help small businesses bring new technologies to market. Competition runs in partnership with Innovate UK.
Information about SBRI for businesses and public sector organisations that might want to use the scheme is available here.
This section provides an introduction to SBRI and an overview of how the programme works. It also includes statistics and sample case studies.
Please contact for more details
Warwick Manufacturing Group - is delivering a new WMG centre HVM Catapult initiative specifically for SMEs. A range of services on 3 levels: Workshops raising awareness, Collaborative projects and research grants for Collaborative R & D part funded. The Product Innovation Accelerator will enable SMEs to participate in R&D, create, test, and demonstrate new marketable products that are based on new technology and applications. Find out more at The Warwick Manufacturing Group or contact Please contact for more details.
Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) - scheme helps businesses to innovate and grow. It does this by linking them with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project. A KTP can last between 6 months and 3 years depending on the project and the needs of the business. It is part-funded by a grant. The amount businesses need to contribute is different for SMEs and larger companies. Learn more. Please contact for more details
Advanced Propulsion Centre The latest APC grant funding competition is now open for applications. APC 7: Anchoring Low Carbon Technology in the UK – Accelerating Sustainable Change, will have circa £35 million to invest collaborative research and development that accelerates the development of low carbon, low emission automotive propulsion technologies. Registration Deadline: Noon 29th March 2017 Click here for more info and application details. Contact The Advanced Propulsion Centre for more details
Innovation Vouchers with the aid of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) support. - targets small to medium size companies (SMEs) and aims to develop new processes and systems to improve efficiency and bring new products and services to market. The Innovation Voucher also enables SMEs in Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Black Country and the Marches to apply for financial support, a £2,500 Innovation Voucher to access external expertise to support and deliver an innovative project.

Please contact for more details

Grants for Energy Efficiency

Funding programme Available
Non- Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive – guaranteed payments made by government over 20 years to businesses for each unit of heat generated through approved technologies (ground-source and air-source heat pumps, biomass boilers etc). Visit the website for more details. Please contact for more details.
The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund A financial contribution towards your energy saving equipment. The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund is offering up to £10,000 or 30% of the cost to small and medium sized businesses, who could benefit from financial support when buying energy saving equipment. This could mean up to £10,000 towards a new lighting system for your warehouse, heating and air conditioning equipment for your offices or a controls system for your factory - to help you rise to the challenge of becoming a greener business. Call 020 7832 4773 to speak to an advisor. Learn more here. Please contact for more details
Groundwork West Midlands has launched new Low Carbon Growth Support project which is aimed at helping SME’s in the Black Country and Greater Birmingham & Solihull to become more energy efficient and to reduce their energy consumption and cost. They offer a free energy assessment and contribution towards consultancy and capital costs. Examples of what can be supported include intelligent lighting, combined heating and power, purchase of new energy efficient process equipment etc. More information and to apply.

Grants for Business Improvement

Grow on Growth Grants - allow businesses currently in incubation facilities to move into commercial premises. Only available in 7 LEPs, including Black Country. Grant funding can be used to support capital investment in property, refurbishment costs and commercial rents; equipment, IT and new technology investment; as well as staff recruitment and training costs. Visit Grow On Growth for more details. Please contact for more details.

Grants for Improving Broadband Speeds

Currently, there are no grants available in this category, please check back soon. Unavailable

Other Grants, Subsidies or Tax Relief Schemes

Funding programme Available
Creative England and Creative Europe various grants (and loans) available to finance growth in film businesses for feature film/documentary production, computer games, animation and FX in the West Midlands. For details, visit: Interactive Healthcare Fund: We are looking to invest in small or medium enterprises (SMEs) who are in an advanced stage of developing and commercialising digital products for the healthcare sector. Currently open to mid-Jan 2017 Please contact website details on the Interactive Healthcare Fund
The ETL (or Energy Technology Product List, ETPL) is a government-managed list of energy-efficient plant and machinery. It is part of the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) tax scheme for businesses.
If you’re a business that pays income or corporation tax, you’ll be able to claim 100% first year capital allowance on a product if it’s on the ETL at the time of purchase. If it’s been taken off the list, or is added at a later date, you will not.
For more details, see ETL: information for purchasers.
Capital Allowances counts as state aid and therefore receipt of capital allowances will affect how much state aid a business can receive. Tax relief available against qualifying expenditure on integral features, insulation, heating systems and others. Learn more at the website. The allowance will expire on 31 March 2019 for Corporation Tax purposes and 5 April 2019 for Income Tax purposes. More details.
Plug-in Car and Van Grant towards the cost of each new electric (plug-in) car or van purchased, if it meets certain conditions. Grants are available for 35% off the cost of a car, up to a maximum of either £2,500 or £4,500 depending on the model, and 20% of the cost of a van, up to a maximum of £8,000. Visit the website for more details. Grants are available for 35% off the cost of a car, up to a maximum of either £2,500 or £4,500 depending on the model, and for 20% of the cost of a van, up to a maximum of £8,000
DIT Department for International Trade is help available for UK companies looking to or already exporting. The Tradeshow Access Programme provides funding in the form of grants for eligible businesses to attend overseas trade shows.
Export Communications Review (ECR) will help you develop an international communications strategy. This can help your business overcome language and cultural barriers.
For more information visit Export Communications Review.
A flat rate start-up grant of £1,500 to £2,500.
Heritage Enterprise a range of different grant programmes with grants from £3,000 to over £5million. Learn more. From £3,000 to over £5million
PRS for Music Foundation - We are here to help bring new music to life. We are PRS for Music Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development across all genres. Learn more Please contact for more details.
Capital allowances: first-year allowance for electric charge-points The measure provides a 100% first-year allowance (FYA) for expenditure incurred on electric charge-point equipment. The measure is designed to support the development and installation of electric recharging equipment for electric vehicles as part of the process of promoting the wider uptake of such vehicles. It will encourage the use of cleaner vehicles by making electric charge-points a more common feature on the high street. The allowance will expire on 31 March 2019 for Corporation Tax purposes and 5 April 2019 for Income Tax purposes. More details
Big Potential: a Big Lottery Fund grant fund, will deliver approximately £20m of grant funding over 3 years to eligible VCSE organisations with the aim of improving the sustainability, capacity and scale of VCSE organisations in order that they may deliver greater social impact. Please click here for more details.
The Childcare Business Grants Scheme: Is now open to newly registered early years childminders, childcare providers on domestic premises and Childminder Agencs (CMAs) in England.

There are three types of grants available.

  • A £500 grant for an early years childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises
  • A £1,000 grant for an early years childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises of children with special educational needs and disability (SEN/D)
  • A £1,000 grant for a Childminder Agency (CMA).
Please click here for more details.
The Ignite Awards: Toucan and Time Inc. UK, is looking to discover exciting new businesses in the food & beverage, lifestyle, or retail sectors. Please click here for more details.

Please note: State Aid relates to the payment of public funding to private companies. If you are not familiar with State Aid rules look at the “handbook” produced by the European Commission for a summary of the Regulations. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that any bid submitted is compliant with State Aid Legislation.

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