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Funding Opportunities

Collaboration 4 Growth offers a grant scheme and business support for micro, small, or medium size businesses in Lincoln, North Kesteven, and West Lindsey.

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The successful Collaboration 4 Growth Project has been extended for a further 3 years and will continue to be funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

We will continue to work with our partners at Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce to provides business support to new and existing SME businesses. Businesses can receive up to 12 hours support or a grant to support the growth and diversification of the enterprise.

What can the Collaboration 4 Growth offer your business?

Grant Scheme

There are revenue and capital grants available between £2,000 and £7,000 which support activity such as the creation or implementation of new systems and purchasing new equipment.

Please note that successful applicants will be required to pay for the full cost of the project upfront and reclaim this from Lincoln BIG. It is therefore imperative that applicants have the funds to cover the costs before submitting an application.

Business Support and Advice

Businesses can access 12 hours free business advice with one to one or one to many support in the form of workshops/networking opportunities. If there is specific support you would like to receive, please get in touch to discuss the needs of your business. Our contact details are at the bottom of the page.

Eligibility criteria

Eligible projects

  • Micro, small, and medium sized businesses (with less than 250 employees);
  • Within the administrative boundaries of North Kesteven District Council, West Lindsey District Council, and the City of Lincoln Council;
  • Purchase of advance technology to improve businesses;
  • Purchase of specialist consultancy support;
  • Support the business to develop processes, systems and accreditations;
  • Purchase of certain types of office equipment.

Ineligible projects

  • Ongoing business costs (overheads, business rates);
  • Vehicles and other mobile infrastructures;
  • Salaries and travel costs.

*please note that the above lists are only examples and other restrictions also apply. This list is not exhaustive.

Find out more

Please get in touch to discuss your business needs and ambitions. You can contact a member of the team by calling 01522 842708 or via email.

Eligible businesses will be required to complete an enrolment form, and those interested in applying for a grant will be required to complete an Expression of Interest form. Grant applicants will be asked to provide three quotes in relation to the proposed expenditure as well as other supporting documentation which will be assessed prior to consideration by the grants panel. The panel will discuss all applications and decide which businesses will be supported according to funds available and outputs delivered.