Lincoln BIG today reminded businesses that they can still apply for help from a special funding scheme – Collaboration 4 Growth (C4G).
Last year, the Business Improvement Group announced that it had secured £160,000 which was to be used to help aspiring business to achieve further success – and a variety of enterprises have already been given grants.
But the C4G remains open – until December 2018 - for further applications from new and existing micro, small and medium-sized businesses based in the City of Lincoln or the North Kesteven or West Lindsey Districts.
Under the scheme, revenue and capital grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available – to help businesses to implement new systems or buy new equipment.
Applicants have to pay the full cost of their project upfront and then reclaim this from Lincoln BIG, so they need to have enough finance to cover the costs before they submit an application.
C4G can enable businesses to get 12 hours of free business advice with one-to- one or one-to- many support. It could cover a range of businesses that are searching for support with marketing, organisation and finance, with tailored support provided by specialist consultants.
The C4G project is funded through the European Regional Development Fund and is being delivered by Lincoln BIG in collaboration with the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub.
Lincoln BIG has welcomed experienced bid writer Clare Gilman-Abel to its team. Clare has been appointed Project Manager for the Collaboration 4 Growth scheme, which gives out grants to SMEs which are looking for a helping hand to achieve further success.
With a strong background in funding, bid development and bid writing for a variety of different organisations and sectors, Clare is well-placed to manage this project, which is backed by £160,000 from the European Regional Development Fund.
“I have worked in a wide range of areas, including the sports and charity sectors, as well in partnership with local authorities, education and commercial organisations,” said Clare.
“I really enjoy seeing local businesses and communities benefitting from funding which I have been managing."