Funding Opportunities There are many funding opportunities available so it can be difficult to identify the right one for your business. Our team of experienced advisers can do this for you and will also help you to get your application right. Call 0300 333 6536 to speak to an adviser.

Grants to support businesses in winter 2021/22

On 21 December, the Government announced additional support to help some sectors which have been impacted by the rising number of Omicron cases. This includes a top-up to the Additional Restrictions Grants and an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure grant.

These grants will be administered by local authorities. Details will be available soon via their websites 

Norwich City Council

North Norfolk District Council

West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Borough Council

Great Yarmouth Borough Council

South Norfolk and Broadland Councils

Breckland Council

Ipswich Borough Council

East Suffolk Council

West Suffolk Council

Babergh and Mid Suffolk Council

Funding and support for businesses and specific sectors

Grants to businesses in specific areas of Norfolk or Suffolk

Ipswich Borough Council Business hardship grant and a business growth and innovation grant

Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Council business innovation support scheme 

East Suffolk plan for the future grant 

West Norfolk plan for the future grant 

North Norfolk Business Resilience and Recovery Grant

Arts grants and funding

Arts Project Fund
The Arts Project Fund supports initiatives and events in all art forms and multi-artform areas. This includes the development and promotion of a wide range of arts activity in communities throughout Norfolk.

Each year we make awards of up to £500 to around 70 projects.
The Fund has three deadlines a year in May, September and January.

Employer Training Incentive Programme (ETIP)
ETIP is a special grant scheme to help small to medium businesses in sectors that have been affected by COVID-19.

 

Funding and support for businesses and specific sectors

Automotive
Automotive Transformation Fund Expression of Interest: Round 17
Registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1billion for capital centric investment projects that help industrialise the electrified automotive supply chain at scale in the UK.

Eligibility
This competition is open to single applicants and collaborations.
To lead a project your organisation must:
• be a business of any size
• carry out its project work in the UK
• Exploit the results from or in the UK

Opened: 6 December 2021
Closes: 12 January 2022

ICT

Commercialising quantum technologies: feasibility studies round 3

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £6 million for projects to advance the commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK.

Eligibility
This competition is open to single applicants and collaborations.
To lead a project your organisation must be a UK registered:

– business of any size
– You must involve at least one grant claiming micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).

Opens: 17 January 2022
Closes: 9 March 2022

Space Kick Start ESA – ESA Space Solutions

Kick-Start is a funding scheme with thematic activities and is open to any industry. If you are running a start-up, or a small or medium-sized enterprise, and are seeking opportunities to develop your ideas for new commercial applications, the Kick-Start funding calls are designed for you.
Activities are funded up to 80% of the total cost and ESA provides up to €64 000 in co-funding.

Health

NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP)

invites applications from existing NIHR funded research projects looking at issues relating to healthy weight, obesity, food systems, physical activity and health incentives to develop an additional work stream which provides learning for policymakers.

Closes 18th January 2022

Policy Research Programme – Improving the optimisation and stabilisation of the preterm infant
The NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP) invites applications for a single research project to undertake a qualitative evaluation of the national implementation of a seven element care pathway focused on improving the optimisation and stabilisation of the preterm infant.
Closes: 13:00 on 18 January 2022

Policy Research Programme – Evaluation of maternity investigations and review tools
The NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP) invites applications for a process evaluation of the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch’s (HSIB) Maternity Investigations Programme and the Perinatal Mortality Review Tool (PMRT) in England.
Closes: 13:00 on 18 January 2022

Policy Research Programme – Evaluation of the multi-agency child safeguarding reforms
The NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP) invites applications for a single research project to design an evaluation of the new multi-agency child safeguarding reforms.
Closes: 13:00 on 18 January 2022

21/608 Diagnostic accuracy of pulse oximeters
The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 2 applications to their commissioned workstream for this primary research topic.
Closes: 13:00 on 27 January 2022

21/602 Pain management for children and young people (0-19 years)
The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme is accepting Stage 1 applications to this funding opportunity.
Closes: 13:00 on 05 April 2022

21/603 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call (EME Programme)
The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to this funding opportunity.
Closes: 13:00 on 05 April 2022

21/604 NIHR NICE rolling call (EME Programme)
The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme is accepting Stage 1 applications to this funding opportunity.
Closes: 13:00 on 05 April 2022

21/607 Mechanisms of action of health interventions in patients with multiple long-term conditions (MLTC)
The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme is accepting Stage 1 applications to this funding opportunity.
Closes: 13:00 on 05 April 2022

21/609 Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme researcher-led
The Efficacy and Evaluation Programme is accepting Stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream
Closes: 13:00 on 05 April 2022

21/597 Public Health Research Programme researcher-led
The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream.
Closes: 13:00 on 05 April 2022

21/599 Continuing priority research topics of interest to the PHR Programme
The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this topic.
Closes: 13:00 on 05 April 2022

21/596 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call (PHR Programme)
The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream.
Closes: 13:00 on 05 April 2022

21/595 NIHR NICE Rolling Call (PHR Programme)
The Public Health Research (PHR) Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity.
Closes: 13:00 on 05 April 2022

21/600 Dementia research call – Public Health Research (PHR) Programme
The Public Health Research Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to this funding opportunity
Closes: 13:00 on 05 April 2022

21/605 Public health interventions led by or involving the police
The Public Health Research Programme (PHR) is accepting Stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this topic.
Closes: 13:00 on 16 August 2022

21/606 Interventions that impact on gambling-related harm
The Public Health Research Programme (PHR) is accepting Stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this topic.
Closes: 13:00 on 16 August 2022

21/578 Antidepressants for post-stroke emotionalism
The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this primary research topic.
Closes: 13:00 on 30 March 2022

21/598 Health and social care outcomes and cost-effectiveness of assistive technologies
The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this primary research topic.
Closes: 13:00 on 04 May 2022

21/587 Should we prescribe postoperative antibiotics to patients with facial fracture?
The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this primary research topic.
Closes: 13:00 on 30 March 2022

21/588 Timing of pharmacological thromboprophylaxis in traumatic brain injury
The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this primary research topic.
Closes: 13:00 on 30 March 2022

21/589 Coenzyme Q10 in chronic heart failure
The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this primary research topic.
Closes: 13:00 on 30 March 2022

21/590 Thromboprophylaxis following endovenous treatment for people with varicose veins
The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this primary research topic.
Closes: 13:00 on 30 March 2022

21/591 Surgical treatment of proximal ACL ruptures with ACL repair or ACL reconstruction
The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this primary research topic.
Closes: 13:00 on 30 March 2022

Agri 

The Future Farming Resilience Fund: access free support
The Future Farming Resilience Fund is designed to provide business support to farmers and land managers during the early years of the agricultural transition.
It does this by awarding grants to organisations who help farmers and land managers to:
• understand the changes that are happening
• identify how, what and when they may need to adapt their business models
• access tailored support to adapt.
I’m really pleased to share that, as of today, we’ve awarded grants to 19 organisations so that they can provide the interim phase of this resilience support. (We are taking a phased approach to the support: initial, interim and scale-up. You can read more about our 3-phase approach in my earlier post).

We recommend getting in contact with the organisations early to avoid missing out on this phase, though a further phase of support will be available from 2022.

Farming in Protected Landscapes programme

The programme, funded by The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), will see nearly £1 million invested across the Coast & Heaths and Dedham Vale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), with the bulk of funds targeted at farmers and landowners to undertake project activity. Runs to March 2024

For more details, visit Farming in Protected Landscapes – Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB

Farming Investment Fund

This provides grants to farmers, growers, and foresters (including related contractors) and is made up of 2 parts: 

  • The Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (£2k-£25k)
    • The new mechanism to provide small productivity grants to farmers.
  • The Farming Transformation Fund (£35k-£500k)
    • The Water Management theme was opened this week, which is dedicated to arable and horticultural businesses growing, or intending to grow, irrigated food crops, ornamentals, or forestry nurseries. The online checker to determine eligibility can be found here

Government guidance on these funds can be found here Farming Investment Fund – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

NATEP helping SMEs innovate in aerospace – Autumn 2021 

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million to carry out industry-led civil aerospace collaborative R&D projects. This funding is from the ATI Programme. 

Eligibility 

This competition is open to collaborations only. 

To lead a project your organisation must: 

All project partners must sign up to the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) framework agreement. Projects in this competition are currently exempt from paying the industrial contribution to the Aerospace Technology Institute. 

Opening soon 

Opens: 15 November 2021 

Closes: 12 January 2022 

 

DRIVE 
DRIVE offers 12 hours of business mentoring to rural businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk, leading to a grant opportunity of £5,000 to £30,000 towards up to 40% of project costs. 

I-Construct 
Grants from £1,000 to £20,000 to part-fund the development of a new product or service in the construction and built environment sector.   Alongside specialist sector support.   Not primarily marketed in Norfolk and Suffolk but any companies can apply.   

Go Digital 
Support, advice and small grants for SMEs in Norfolk keen to improve their digital skills and services 

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund 
Grants and support for 18-30 year olds who are self-employed or running their own businesses.  

TALE (Transport and Logistical Efficiencies)

The TALE team has £525k of grant funding available to help 50 logistics SMEs (and those moving things from A to B) make their logistics function more efficient and productive. TALE are also offering free 1:1 mentoring to 25 businesses (worth £1,200). Support is first-come, first-served. The deadline for applications is 30th April 2022. TALE is managed by the Haven Gateway Partnership and in receipt of funds from the ERDF.

SBRI UK National Robotics Proving Ground: Feasibility studies Opens 11th October, closes 10th November 

Circular economy for SMEs – innovating with the NICER programme 

Opens 11th October, closes 8th December  

ISCF digital security by design – software ecosystem development Opened 4th October, closes 8th December  

 

For your information via DASA  

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/38-million-in-contracts-awarded-to-mitigate-the-radar-risk-of-windfarms 

  

For your information via Satellite Application Catapult website links 

The National Space Technology Programme. 

Space for Smarter Government  

Horizon Europe Cluster 6 Food, Bioeconomy Natural Resources Agriculture and Environment 2022 The opening date for the next round of Cluster 6 Food, Bioeconomy Natural Resources Agriculture and Environment opens on the 28thOctober until the 15th October 2022. Please see Cluster 6 Work Programme for the details of the challenge, scope and expected outcomes required in the call topics. 

 The sectors covered by this funding include topics in the following areas  

  1. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services 
  1. Fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food systems from primary production to consumption 
  1. Circular Economy and the Bioeconomy 
  1. Clean environment and zero pollution 
  1. Land, oceans and water for climate action 
  1. Resilient inclusive and healthy and green rural, coastal and urban communities 
  1. Innovative governance environmental observations and digital solution in support of the Green Deal 

Technology Developer Accelerator Programme – Helping to accelerate SME innovations to market. Click here to find out more.

Funding to enable Clean Growth 

BEE Anglia 
Grants up to £20,000 (up to 40% of total cost) for projects which reduce the carbon footprint of a business; could help businesses trying to reduce their regular costs in the light of Covid-19.  Contact the programme for advice and support.   

Low Carbon Innovation Fund 
This co-investment initiative worth over £100 is aimed at SMEs in the East of England developing or deploying environmentally beneficial technologies.   Businesses interested in becoming investment ready should also look at the investor-led advice programme Invest East. 

SHAKE  
This fund offers start-up grants of up to £140K and innovation support to entrepreneurs and start-ups combating climate change in agriculture and food production.  Currently closed, but worth reviewing for new application windows. 

Workplace Charging Scheme 
Government grants of up to £350 per socket to a maximum of 40 sockets per company available to encourage take up of EV charging in SMEs. 

Funding for innovation and innovative companies

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/knowledge-transfer-partnerships-what-they-are-and-how-to-apply#how-to-apply


Up to £40 million of funding has been allocated to support businesses in collaborating with an academic or research organisation and a graduate on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). The KTP scheme enables businesses in the UK to innovate and grow by linking them with an academic or research organisation and a graduate.

A KTP enables an academic or research organisation as a partner to a business (including social enterprises and other not for profit organisations) to recruit a suitable graduate (an Associate) to work at the company for the duration of the KTP. The business is thus able to access new skills and the latest academic thinking to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project. KTPs can last between 12 and 36 months, depending on the project and the needs of the business.
The KTP 3-way partnership will consist of:

• A UK-based business of any size or a not-for-profit organisation
• An academic or research organisation i.e., university, college or research and technology organisation in the UK
• A suitably qualified graduate with the capability to lead a strategic business project

KEEP+ innovation grant funding 
50% towards the cost of knowledge exchange between an SME and a university or other research institution.  Can also enable the purchase of consultancy services for innovation activity from the academic or private sector.     

Space to Innovate Campaign – Alpha Drop 
The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory(Dstl) Space Programme is seeking proposals that can aid UK Defence and Security to develop future space technologies. The objective is to fund research into space technologies that may not otherwise be developed within the civil space industry. Challenges will run as a series of ‘drops’ running throughout 2021 and 2022. 

Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) 
DASA runs a rolling open call for innovative projects in a range of themed areas.  Worth investigating for businesses which may have innovations relevant to the Defence sector. 

Clean Growth Fund 
A £40m Clean Growth Fund has been launched, with funding from Government and from one of the UK’s largest charity investors, CCLA.  Clean Growth Investment Management (CGIM) are managing the Fund, which makes investments into start-up companies developing clean energy solutions.  

Good Food Fund  

A new business accelerator and venture fund backing healthier food and drink brands which help tackle childhood obesity. 

Innovation Grant Mentoring for businesses in Norfolk 
Free support programme to help businesses in Norfolk apply for innovation funding. 

Funding platforms

Pay it Forward from Crowdfunder
Free to use crowdfunding service, helping businesses to source financial support.

Spacehive
Funding platform for ideas that bring local places to life.  Can match funds raised through their partner funders.

Funding opportunities for charities, communities and social enterprises

Community Ownership Fund is a new scheme from the Government enabling communities to purchase and run assets and amenities for the benefit of local people.  Several rounds of funding to 2024-5.  

Community Action Norfolk provide guidance and support to charities and community organisations.   They produce a monthly funding newsletter and can help find funding.  For more information or to sign up please email office@communityactionnorfolk.org.uk

Community Action Suffolk have a regularly updated resource for funding for charities and social enterprises affected by Covid 19.

Good Finance Resource Hub for Charities and Social Enterprises
Useful listings of funding sources and funding advice for charities and social enterprises.   Be aware that not all the funding sources listed may be up to date.

Community Shares

Advice, support and booster funding for community projects looking at community investment options.

Local funding for community projects

East Suffolk Council Covid 19 Community Funds
Grants normally up to £2,500 for community projects supporting vulnerable people during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Find funding for organisations and businesses in Suffolk Home | Funding 4 Suffolk (idoxopen4community.co.uk)

West Suffolk Council Community Chest Grant 2022-23
Small grants for community projects in West Suffolk. Deadline 29 October.

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