County Durham Growth Fund

Date posted: 12th Jun 2019

Businesses in County Durham can benefit from significant grant funding towards capital projects thanks to the launch of the County Durham Growth Fund.

The ERDF programme, which will be delivered by BE Group on behalf of Business Durham, can provide grant support of up to 40% to SMEs towards capital investment projects of £100,000 or more.

The types of projects that can be funded are:

  1. Plant, machinery and other capital equipment
  2. Land and buildings (subject to 10% cap on land costs compared to overall project size)
  3. Premises lease costs
  4. Premises fit out costs

To be eligible, your business must:

  1. Be based in or relocating to the County Durham local authority area
  2. Be an SME (generally <250 headcount at group level)
  3. Be able to create 1 new permanent full-time role for each £10k of grant awarded (note job safeguarding is NOT eligible)
  4. Investment to be completed by 31 December 2021 (priority to be given to projects which can commence quickly following approval)
  5. Job outputs to be created by 31 December 2022 and all outputs to be maintained for a minimum of 3 years
  6. Investment to be maintained for a minimum of 5 years

Due to the nature of the funding certain sectors cannot be supported, these include but are not limited to:

  1. Agriculture and fisheries
  2. Retail
  3. Banking / insurance, including brokerage
  4. Education and other sectors which derive the majority of their revenue from public funds
  5. Localised services which would displace existing employment in the county

Want to know more?

Our grants advisory team have a superb track record in delivering successful grant applications, having advised on in excess of £200m of grant funding in the past six years.

To find out more about how we can help your business please contact Neville Baldry or Carl Wright.

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