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  • Lincolnshire Open Research and Innovation Centre (LORIC) (GLLEP) (Free)

    LORIC enables business and other organisations to make the most effective uses of rapidly expanding Open Data Research and Innovation (Open DRI). It connects researchers and doctoral students with business, social innovation/enterprise, and public sector partners to work on collaborative innovation projects which create new economic value. LORIC currently operates on BGU’s campus but will be based in a refurbished building at St Hugh’s, Newport, Lincoln from mid–2018.

  • Access to Work Scheme (Free)

    Access to Work helps people with a disability, health or mental health condition to get or keep jobs by contributing towards their extra employment costs. It provides advice and practical support to people and their employers to help overcome work-related obstacles.

  • Angel CoFund (Free)

    The Angel CoFund makes equity investments of between £100,000 and £1 million in smaller businesses in the UK. It invests alongside strong syndicates of business angels to support businesses with strong growth potential.

  • Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) (Free)

    If you recruit an Apprentice aged between 16-24, you might be eligible for a £1500 incentive grant. AGE 16 to 24 has already helped thousands of employers to grow their business by employing an apprentice. Could it help you too?

  • Better Off in Business (Princes Trust) (Free)

    The Prince's Trust is a youth charity that helps change young lives. Free Explore Enterprise Workshops running Countywide for those eligible age 18 – 30. Start up support, funding options & mentoring all available.

  • BG Futures (Chargeable)

    A business and enterprise centre built on the campus of Bishop Grosseteste University Lincoln. The centre provides 15 business incubator units and associated support facilties to pre and new start businesses. There are also virtual tenancy options available. Our strapline is 'We grow the people, who grow their businesses that grow the local economy.'

  • Business Growth Service CLOSED (Partly Free)

    The Business Growth Service helps those businesses who have the right level of ambition, capability and capacity to improve and grow. FROM 1ST DECEMBER THIS SERVICE CAN NO LONGER ACCEPT NEW APPLICANTS, SUPPORT FOR EXISITING CLIENTS WILL END ON 31ST MARCH 2016.

  • Business Inspiration - Bishop Grosseteste University (Free)

    This project is to support Small & Medium sized enterprises, with a particular focus in small businesses employing up to 25 employees to enhance their entrepreneurial capability and capacity for growth. The project will help your business innovate through developing new products and services and / or exploring new markets. Talk to one of our specialist advisers for more information on the exclusive Business Inspiration Programme

  • Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub Advisers (Free)

    The role of Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub Advisers is to support Lincolnshire based businesses with aspirations to grow. Our service is totally impartial and free of charge. We can help businesses construct and review business plans if required, carry out business diagnostics and organisational needs analysis, including skills needs, formulate action plans and research and refer to suitable support services including providers and intermediaries.

  • Business Services Lincs (Chargeable)

    We offer business advice for new or established businesses and guidance through all stages of business development. the service starts with a FREE review to identify current 'key' issues and identify opportunities for improvement which will be used to produce a custom-made chargeable programme of support.

  • Business Support Helpline (Free)

    The Business Support Helpline provides signposting, diagnostic support and business improvement advice to pre-starts, start ups and existing businesses to help them start and grow. The service provides national information as well as local sources of help.

  • Chamber of Commerce (Free)

    The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is a dynamic, high-profile and independent business network, with Chambers across the UK. Local Chambers sit at the heart of the community, working with businesses of all sizes, and representing all sectors. Our mission is to make the Chamber network an essential part of growing business; we do this by sharing opportunities, knowledge and expertise.

  • Coastal Action Zone - LEADER funding from the Rural Development Programme for England (Free)

    Financial support for rural development projects. Please check your post code and register your interest on line.

  • Coastal Revival Fund & Coastal Community Teams (Free)

    A new £3 million fund aims to help kick-start the revival of at-risk coastal heritage that has potential to create opportunities for new businesses and jobs. The Fund will support communities looking to unlock the economic potential of those hard-to-tackle buildings, facilities and amusements such as piers, lidos and proms.

  • Collaboration 4 Growth (Free)

    Collaboration 4 Growth provides business support activities to new and existing businesses through a small grants scheme and capacity building programme.

  • Community Asset Fund CLOSED (Free)

    West Lindsey District Council has launched a £1.2 million scheme in Gainsborough to encourage local people to develop community enterprises. CLOSED April 2015. Please check if extension granted.

  • Countryside Productivity Large Grants (Free)

    The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has announced the opening of a £40 million grants scheme for investment in farming technology and equipment. Alongside Lord Gardiner announcing a £200 million package of RDPE funding to support growth of rural businesses.

  • Countryside Productivity Small Grant (CPSG) ()

    The Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, George Eustice has announced the launch of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant (CPSG). £15 million has been allocated to small grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 for a range of equipment and technology to be used on farms.

  • Creative England Interest Free Business Loans (Partly Free)

    Creative England are supporting digital creative companies to finance business growth through the provision of interest-free loans (a 5% arrangement fee applies).

  • Cyber Essentials/Cyber Essentials Plus (Chargeable)

    With the growing global threat to organisations through cyber attack, the UK Government launched the Cyber Essentials scheme to help protect the UK economy from the threat. By attaining certification to the Cyber Essentials standard, organisations are likely to be resilient against 80% of common cyber attacks.

  • Defra RDP Socio-Economic Schemes (Free)

    Defra have recently announced £200m of new activity under the Rural Development Programme socio-economic schemes. The first two schemes to launch are Countryside Productivity Water Resource Management grants and Improving Forestry Productivity grants. These opened on 31 July 2017 and will close to applications on 3 April 2018.

  • Department for International Trade (Free)

    Trading overseas is easier than you think with help from Department for International Trade, the government organisation that provides advice, information and support to UK companies looking to trade internationally.

  • Designblok (Free)

    Designblok is part of the College of Arts at the University of Lincoln and brings together a range of University design expertise and its fabrication technologies to champion the value of design as a tool for innovation and business growth.

  • Disability Means Business (Free)

    The main site has a huge range of articles, from benefit advice to the cheapest carrier bags; Access to Work to marketing advice. Each article is written by a self employment adviser who has had many years experience in helping disabled people start up their own business.

  • E-Business Club East Midlands (Free)

    The eBusiness Club is your virtual support network created to help you make the best use of information and Communication Technologies to boost your business performance.

  • East Midlands Regional Venture Capital Fund - Catapult CLOSED (Free)

    Catapult specialises in providing equity capital for businesses requiring between £200k and £2m. CLOSED

  • Employer Ownership Funding - Improving Engineering Careers CLOSED (Free)

    This offer is open to any small or medium sized company that employ people in engineering occupations. It's aim is to help companies grow and become more productive through investing in the skills of it's current and future engineers training. Minimum grant £10,000 therefore minimum training costs of £20,000 required. CLOSED

  • Enterprise Capital Fund (ECF) (Free)

    Small businesses with high potential to grow have been given a £40 million boost with the announcement of the launch of a new Enterprise Capital Fund (ECF) to invest in science, technology and engineering-based small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

  • Enterprise Finance Guarantee (Chargeable)

    The Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) is a loan guarantee scheme intended to facilitate additional bank lending to viable SMEs with insufficient or no security with which to secure a normal commercial loan.

  • European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) - Food Processing (Free)

    Greater Lincolnshire LEP area Businesses in North and North East Lincolnshire are eligible to apply for the Greater Lincolnshire LEP call for projects. Grants of 60k and above are available with no maximum limit, only the maximum allocation of £1,543,375.

  • Family Information Service (Free)

    The free Family Information Service run by Lincolnshire County Council can help you and your employees with a number of things, including finding suitable childcare to meet a variety of shift patterns and working hours, looking for childcare at short notice when existing childcare is unavailable or a school is closed and providing information to you, the employer, about childcare vouchers and supporting your employees.

  • Federation of Small Businesses (Chargeable)

    Member support through the FSB Lincoln Office and the FSB Development Manager.

  • Finance for Enterprise (Partly Free)

    Originally known as ‘DonBac’, they are an Enterprise Agency & a Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI), providing advice and finance, helping both new start and established businesses. They are also authorised through the British Business bank to use the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme. Enterprise Loans for up to £150k are available and the aim is to look to support start-up or growing businesses, where perhaps mainstream funding is a problem.

  • Fit For Nuclear (F4N) (Free)

    Fit For Nuclear (F4N) is a unique free service to help manufacturing companies in England get ready to bid for work in the civil nuclear supply chain.

  • Food and Drink Innovation Network (Free)

    The East Midlands Food and Drink iNet co-ordinates specialist support for businesses, universities and individuals working in the region’s food and drink sector.

  • Free Replacement Trees (Free)

    Where a landowner removes potentially dangerous roadside trees, there is a general amenity loss, as well as a reduction in wildlife habitat. In such circumstances Highways can offer three free replacement trees for each tree felled plus materials for their protection, subject to the following conditions;

  • Free Signposting Service to Funding (Free)

    Free Signposting Service to Finance for Businesses all sizes / sectors based in or looking to relocate to North East Lincolnshire.

  • Funding Circle (Chargeable)

    We’re a marketplace that connects established businesses looking to borrow, with people and other investors who want to lend. By cutting out the costs and complexity of dealing with banks, you can get an affordable loan for your business in just one week.

  • Gainsborough Growth Fund (Partly Free)

    A funding programme to support the growth of businesses in Gainsborough (also including Morton and Lea Wards), leading to job creation.

  • Gainsborough Shop Front Grants CLOSED (Free)

    Gainsborough Town Partnership has launched a new grant scheme to help businesses improve the appearance of their shop fronts. Independent businesses within Gainsborough town centre are eligible to apply under the scheme. NOW CLOSED

  • Gateway to Growth (Free)

    The Global Growth Service supports globally ambitious businesses to drive their future growth through a step change in export performance. We provide a structured programme of support, tailored to your own specific needs. We will partner with you to capitalise on the enormous growth potential available overseas. This programme is aimed at SME’s with a turnover of £5m-£40m to support their export growth.

  • Graduate Internship Scheme (Free)

    Employers will receive £1000 for every recent graduate they employ for a minimum of 3 months and a minimum of 20 hours per week.

  • Grant Giving Programme (Free)

    The Prince’s Countryside Fund provides more than £1m in grants each year to projects across the UK. We have grants of up to £50,000 available for innovative projects that will provide a lasting legacy to the individuals and communities they seek to benefit.

  • Grants 4 Growth CLOSED (Free)

    Simple, straightforward grants and quantifiable action to improve efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and help your business invest to grow.

  • Grants for Pond and Wetland Creation (Free)

    Lincolnshire County Council will provide a 50% grant up to a maximum of £500, for creating ponds and wetlands in order to increase biodiversity and enhance the landscape.

  • Grants4Growth (Free)

    Capital grants towards the cost of investing in machinery or equipment are available to SMEs in the Greater Lincolnshire area. Companies will need to demonstrate how the investment will help them develop and grow. By supporting activity which encourages local businesses to diversify, increase sales or improve productivity we hope to create sustainable jobs within the area.

  • Greater Lincolnshire Agri-Food Innovation Platform ()

    The programme focuses on stimulating agri-food technological innovations. The research, knowledge transfer and business support will be focused on agri-robotics and automation, water, waste and energy, biotic stress and food safety.

  • Greater Lincolnshire Growth Fund (Free)

    £2,925,000 of grant funding is available to both Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and larger businesses within the Greater Lincolnshire area who can deliver transformational projects which align with the wider ambitions of the Strategic Economic Plan to help businesses across Greater Lincolnshire increase productivity and create new wealth and significant jobs. The grant funding is available to stimulate business investment that would not otherwise occur, thereby helping to remove the barriers to private sector led growth and employment.

  • Growing Enterprise - Business Assist (Free)

    Business suppport for owner/managers of established businesses looking for an impartial sounding board to share ideas as well as the ability to think and work in a more strategic manner.

  • Growing Enterprise - Grant for Enterprise (Free)

    This grant is to support the growth or diversification of existing micro, small and medium sized businesses based in Greater Lincolnshire. Grants of between min £1,000 (required spend £4,000) and max £2,500 (required spend £10,000) are available up to a maximum of 25% of eligible costs (whichever is lesser).

  • Growing Enterprise - Grant for New Business (Free)

    Looking for help to start your business - then the NBV Grant for New Business could be for you!

  • Growing Enterprise - Starting in Business (Free)

    Whatever business you dream of starting we can help you to transform your idea into a business and support you with a fantastic package of training and funding. Put together by experts and business owners, the 3 day Starting In Business Programme will give you all the tools you need to produce a sound business plan and turn your business dreams into reality.

  • Growing Graduate Enterprise (Growth Lincolnshire) (Free)

    £2500 grant and 30 hours of support for graduates (within 3 years) living in Greater Lincolnshire to start a business.

  • Growth Lincolnshire (GLLEP) (Free)

    Business Growth Advisers, Supply Chain development, resource efficiency, finance readiness, support for recent Graduates, comprehensive events programme and a grants programme.

  • Growth Lincolnshire - Business Growth and Digital Growth Grants (GLLEP) (Free)

    Lincolnshire Growth Hub Business Growth Grant (BGG) Companies trading for more than 12 months with expansion plans can access grant funding. Lincolnshire Growth Hub SME Digital Growth Grant (DGG) This programme is aimed at businesses with ICT needs that will enable them to grow their businesses.

  • Growth Lincolnshire - Digital Development (GLLEP) (Free)

    This programme will help you to put the right digital strategy in place to support your business and accelerate growth. By exploiting digital technologies, you can access new markets, promote your products and services more effectively and develop new cost effective ways of working.

  • Growth Lincolnshire - Finance for Growth (GLLEP) (Free)

    If you need help to understand the options available to fund your planned growth, decide on the most appropriate type of funding or find the right funding provider, we can help.

  • Growth Lincolnshire - Resource Efficiency (GLLEP) (Free)

    Our resource efficiency experts will audit your business and work with you to identify the specific actions that you can take to drive your costs down, helping you become more resilient to price rises.

  • Growth Lincolnshire - Supply Chain (GLLEP) (Free)

    Our supply chain experts will help you become more competitive by working with you to find new suppliers to improve your gross margin, and new customers to increase your turnover.

  • Hedges and Small Woodland Grant (Free)

    Lincolnshire County Council provides a grant for planting hedges and small woodlands in order to enhance the landscape and benefit wildlife.

  • Help To Grow Business Growth Loans NOT LIVE ()

    Loans of up to 2 million through Lloyds Banking Group to support the development of new products and processes, stimulate research and innovation, and help businesses target new export markets.

  • Heritage Project Grants (Free)

    The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funds projects which focus on heritage. HLF offer a range of different grant programmes with grants from £3,000 to over £5million. in assessing applications, HLF take account of the broad range of outcomes for heritage, people and communities that projects will achieve. For information on all HLF programmes visit the website,

  • Industry Educator (Free)

    The Specialist Industry Educator Programme takes you, an industry expert with specialist knowledge in your field, and connects you with FE Colleges and training providers so that you can support and develop the skills of Greater Lincolnshire’s future workforce.

  • Innovation Bridge Project (Free)

    Created by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP, Signpost 2 Grants has been designed to support the growth of its local businesses, offering grants of between £2,000 and £20,000 to support capital investment projects.

  • Innovation Programme for Greater Lincolnshire (Free)

    Grant funding and support for SMEs who are looking to do something differently.

  • Innovation Vouchers - Food Innovation Network (Free)

    The Food Innovation Network (FIN) is launching a one-off competition to connect food business and academia to develop innovative ideas to help stimulate productivity and support business growth.

  • Intellectual Property Audit (Chargeable)

    Expert business advice to help businesses identify and protect their intellectual property rights

  • International Trade Chamber (Free)

    This organisation is authorised to provide a national export certification service. This e-Cert service provides exporters with a fast, efficient and easy way to create Certificate of Origin, EUR1 and ATR Movement Certificates. Other services include; International Trade Documents, Training, International Trade News, International Trade Events, Export Offices, International Trade Chamber Blog.

  • Internationalising SME's (Free)

    In addition to existing support funded via the DIT core contract, the project provides additional marketing activity and export taster sessions targeted at businesses that could export but don't, encouraging them to explore their export potential and evaluate bottom line benefits that international trade could deliver.

  • Invest & Grow Loan (Chargeable)

    The fund aims to bring forward vital infrastructure projects, boosting the economy and creating jobs. It aims to kick start stalled job creating developments through rapid investments in local infrastructure and tackling site constraints. Eligible projects will fund infrastructure costs to employment and housing sites, including utilities, flood management, access roads (in order to service development sites) and site remediation.

  • Invest to Grow Programme (Partly Free)

    The Invest to Grow programme is designed to support private sector businesses to innovate, grow and create jobs. £16m of Regional Growth Fund monies are available to businesses in the East Midlands. Grants or Loans - according to the needs of the business - please see full details below.

  • Job Centre Plus Help for Recruiters (Free)

    Jobcentre Plus has a range of recruitment services that can help you as an employer.

  • Kestevens Action Zone - LEADER funding from the Rural Development Programme for England (Free)

    Financial support for rural development projects. Please check your post code and register your interest.

  • LCDA Support for social enterprise (Partly Free)

    LCDA promotes and develops Social and Co-operative Enterprises across Lincolnshire, Rutland and parts of Nottinghamshire.

  • Leader Northern Lincolnshire (Free)

    Aimed at farmers, foresters, businesses and community groups within rural North and North East Lincolnshire. The Programme is now open for applications and will run until 2020. Applications can be made by farmers, growers, foresters, other local rural businesses and rural community organisations who are in the Northern Lincolnshire LAG area. They could be: •private businesses; •public organisations; •voluntary organisations; •groups of businesses •charities or •someone who wants to start a business.

  • LEADER PROGRAMMES - Rural Business Grants (Partly Free)

    LEADER groups in The Coastal Action Zone, Kestevens, Lindsey Action Zone and Wash Fens can support business and community projects in rural areas. The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) provides money through LEADER for grants to improve agriculture, the environment and rural life.

  • Leapfrog Business Services and Business Advice Service (Chargeable)

    A complete Business Support Service to help you start'n grow your business - Nurturing Entrepreneurship.

  • Liberis Business Cash Advance (Chargeable)

    Liberis help small businesses obtain funding with a straightforward product called a Business Cash Advance, based on future credit and debit card sales. Its technology means that a business’ customers pay back their advance as repayments linked to their cash flow. Liberis charge one simple price with no other fees. Operating on three core principles – a simple product, responsibly delivered, by specialists who understand their customers – Liberis have now helped over 4,000 small UK businesses obtain c. £140 million of funding since 2007.

  • Lincoln Business Services Support (Free)

    City of Lincoln Council Business Serivces Team operate a confidential business support service, personally handling all types of business enquiries from start to finish, varying our level of involvement according to the clients’ wishes.

  • Lincolnshire Investment Network (LIN) (Free)

    Funded by Lincolnshire County Council and the University of Lincoln, the Lincolnshire Investment Network has been established to enable investment into Lincolnshire based businesses. It is a free service available to businesses throughout the County.

  • Lincolnshire Technology Hubs (Free)

    Try out the latest technology, see how it can help your business and get access to free business support.

  • Lindsey Action Zone - LEADER funding from the Rural Development Programme for England (Free)

    Financial support for rural development projects. Please check your post code and register your interest on line.

  • Lindum Nursery Scheme (Partly Free)

    Lindum's 'hands-on' business support scheme offering 'win-win' solutions for start up & small companies taking a serviced office/industrial facility.

  • Manufacturing Advisory Service CLOSED (Free)

    MAS provides businesses, whatever their size, with practical support on all aspects of manufacturing and offers direct access to manufacturing experts with a proven track record. Subsidised consultancy assistance is available where it is needed. FROM 1ST DECEMBER THIS SERVICE CAN NO LONGER ACCEPT NEW APPLICANTS, SUPPORT FOR EXISITING CLIENTS WILL END ON 31ST MARCH 2016.

  • Manufacturing and materials round 2 (Free)

    This completition opens on 21st November 2016. Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects in manufacturing and/or materials. Projects that focus on identified technical or commercial challenges can be funded. These should lead to increased productivity, competitiveness and growth for UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

  • Manufacturing Growth Programme (Free)

    The grant is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support the costs of working with an external expert/coach of your choice to implement a pre-agreed Growth/Improvement Action plan. The scope of the Growth/Improvement plan will be specific to each applicant’s growth needs and will be agreed in advance with our Manufacturing Growth Manager.

  • Mentorsme (Free) is Britain’s first online gateway for small and medium-sized enterprises looking for mentoring services.

  • Micro Business Grant (Free)

    The Micro Business Grant is a new grant scheme aimed at supporting the development and growth of micro businesses in East Lindsey. Grant applications are limited to 50% of total eligible project costs; up to a maximum of £3,000 (whichever amount is the lesser). Businesses can apply for a range of project costs, including: staff training, marketing costs, web design / development, and more.

  • Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) Debt Fund East & South-East Midlands (Chargeable)

    Loans of between £100k - £1.5m to support the growth of established businesses who cannot secure commercial funding, across Greater Lincolnshire.

  • Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) Small Business Loans Fund East & South-East Midlands (Chargeable)

    Loans of between £25k - £150k to support the growth of start-up and established businesses who cannot secure commercial funding, across Greater Lincolnshire.

  • National Insurance Employment Allowance (Free)

    Employers can reduce the amount of National Insurance contributions (NICs) they pay for their employees by up to £3,000. This is called the ‘Employment Allowance’.

  • NBV/NWES Start up Loan (Free)

    NBV is pleased to announce that it now offers Start-Up Loans in partnership with NWES and business support to entrepreneurs to help start their business.

  • New Childcare Business Grants (Free)

    The New Childcare Business Grants Scheme has been introduced to boost the provision of childcare in England and to incentivise entrepreneurship. It is to encourage and support the starting up of new childcare businesses by providing a flat rate start-up grant.

  • New Enterprise Allowance (Free)

    Benefit claimants looking to go self-emplyed as an alternative to seeking employment.

  • Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (Free)

    Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) is an initiative launched by the government-owned British Business Bank. It is a key part of the government’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’ vision, which aims to end the historic North / South divide and create economic prosperity in the North of England on par with London and the South East. The government firmly believes that SMEs form the foundation of the region’s future growth. NPIF therefore aims to nurture regional entrepreneurship by providing investment and support for small and medium businesses between 2016 and 2021. NPIF's funding will support new and growing SMEs, create jobs and encourage and attract additional private sector investment. NPIF provides commercial finance through three types of product funds: Microfinance, Debt Finance and Equity Finance. These funds provide funding options are designed to plug common gaps in the provision of finance, giving your business access to the funding it needs to help it grow.

  • Onlincolnshire: Technology for Business NOW CLOSED (Free)

    Technology For Business offers 12 hours of business support to enable businesses to utilise technology and the internet

  • Pentech Fund III (Free)

    This is a new £88 million fund managed by Pentech and supported by the British Business Bank, which will invest in early stage software companies across the UK.

  • PRIME (Free)

    The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME) is the only national organisation dedicated to helping people over the age of fifty start and run their own business.

  • ProHelp (Free)

    ProHelp is a resource of professionals firms, formed to provide free professional services to voluntary and community enterprises in their local area.

  • Rural Development Fund CLOSED (Free)

    East Lindsey District Council’s re-launched Rural Development Fund will continue to support projects that: boost local investment; create and sustain local employment; develop start-up businesses; expand the visitor economy; and; increase the availability of skills training within East Lindsey. CLOSED DEC 2015

  • Rural Development Funding (Free)

    For the first time under the current scheme, specific funding will be available to support new rural broadband projects. It will also provide significant amounts of funding to on-farm businesses to invest in new infrastructure such as new buildings and machinery. The grants will also fund landowners to improve farm productivity and invest in rural tourism opportunities.

  • Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) funding - 2017 calls (Free)

    In January 2017 Defra launched £120 million of RDPE Growth Programme funding through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). Calls are currently open, inviting EoI applications for Tourism Infrastructure, Food Processing, and Business Development projects. The funding is intended to create jobs and growth in the rural economy.

  • SEEM (Partly Free)

    Social Enterprise East Midlands (SEEM) is a business development organisation offering training, support and development services to the third sector (community, voluntary group or social enterprise). SEEM, as a social enterprise, they can guide and advise socially minded businesses and individuals through facilitating networking opportunities, exchanging knowledge and working collaboratively with businesses that are trading to make a difference to people and planet.

  • SEEM Key Fund (Free)

    SEEM Key Fund provides crucial early stage investment to start ups and developing enterprises, The Key Fund aim is to break down the barriers to accessing finance, enabling organisations to increase their community, economic and environmental impact.

  • Select Lincolnshire For Food and Good Taste Lincolnshire Magazine (Membership Scheme) (Chargeable)

    Deliver growth and pride in our region and to make Lincolnshire a first choice for food, tourism and business investment. Engaging more widely with all elements of the food industry and wider supply and delivery networks.

  • SKDC Business Advice (Free)

    Free support for new or growing businesses

  • Skills support for the Workforce (Free)

    A free service offering SMEs in Greater Lincolnshire with professional support to create a workforce development and training plan, plus access to a wide range of fully funded training courses and qualifications.

  • Small Business Grants (Free)

    The Small Business Grants initiative from is a free-to-enter monthly competition that gives small businesses a chance to win a £5,000 grant to invest in their company’s growth. This grant does not have to be paid back.

  • Small Business Recruitment Services (Free)

    This service provides individual support for small businesses.

  • Small loans for business first enterprise (Chargeable)

    Small loans for business provides loans to individuals to support good business ideas that could be difficult to fund through other means.

  • SME Business Growth & Finance - BGF Lincolnshire CLOSED (Free)

    Business support project for trading businesses with growth potential in Lincoln City, East Lindsey & Boston Borough. Offering business and financial management support as well as access to grants of £2,500. THIS PROGRAMME IS NOW CLOSED TO NEW APPLICANTS

  • SME Business Growth and Innovation Project CLOSED (Free)

    This Innovation programme will support business to embrace change and adoptive innovative practices, it provides up to 12 hours support on business growth and innovation. There is a grant fund of £1,000 to £10,000 to support innovation within the business, this must be match with a cash contribution of 50% by the business. The programme supports SME's within Lincoln City, Boston and East Lindsey. THIS PROGRAMME IS NOW CLOSED TO NEW APPLICANTS

  • SME Leaders Programme (Free)

    Up to £15,000 grant for leadership training for engineering SMEs in the UK.

  • Social Enterprise UK (Partly Free)

    The UK body for social enterprise - business with a social or environmental mission. We support business where society profits.

  • Spark Fund - Innovation Vouchers and Grants for R&D (Free)

    The Innovation Vouchers programme will encourage and stimulate demand from SMEs to engage in innovation activity and access the expertise on offer from the knowledge base. The Grants for Research and Development (R&D) and Grants for Low Carbon R&D schemes support R&D in growth oriented SMEs seeking to improve productivity and enhance competitiveness through developing and commercialising new, innovative products and services.

  • Sparkhouse - Enterprise@Lincoln (Chargeable)

    This Lincoln landmark is the gateway between the University and the local business community. Enterprise@Lincoln is much more than just office space; it offers business development and practical support and guidance to both new and established businesses. There are also virtual tenancy options available.

  • Specialist Industry Educator Programme (Free)

    Free teaching courses and support for business to help them better work with colleges and training providers to make training and education more relevant to industry

  • Specialist Skills Advisor Programme (Free)

    Specialist Advisors support businesses to analyse their skills and training needs for growth and help source the solutions and funding they require

  • Succeeding Together (Free)

    Succeeding Together will create the opportunity for women to get together in small groups across the county to learn new skills, develop their confidence and share their experiences of getting back into work or setting up a business. A number of workshops are planned starting in September 2017.

  • Sustain Lincolnshire - Supporting the development of the green industry sector within Lincolnshire's circular economy NOW CLOSED (Free)

    This programme will help promote opportunities to SME's for using or developing and supplying resource efficient technologies, goods and services through events and business meetings.

  • Sustain Lincolnshire Phase 2 - Developing the cirular economy in Lincolnshire's food manufacturing and engineering sectors NOW CLOSED (Free)

    This project provides resource efficiency business support, creating a climate for business collaboration as well as stimulating the use of innovation, resource efficiency and/or renewable technologies to help businesses eliminate waste from their products, processes or services.

  • Sustain Lincolnshire Resource Efficiency Business Support NOW CLOSED (Free)

    This programme provides free, specialist on site resourse efficiency support to help Lincolnshire businesses reduce their resourse consumption, cut costs and increase competitiveness.

  • Sustain Lincolnshire-Growth of the circular economy in Lincolnshire's engineering industry CLOSED (Free)

    Working with engineering/manufacturing clusters of significance in Lincolnshire, primarily plastics, electronics and metal manufacturing, and collaborating with knowledge bases to develop sustainable technologies in support of the drive towards a more curcular ecenomy in Lincolnshire.

  • Sustaining Self-Employment (Free)

    The University of Lincoln and FSB have joined forces to offer up to 100-free places on a new short course which aims to support self-employed people and entrepreneurs with the process of starting, running and growing their own business whilst also raising the credibility of entrepreneurs, providing practical advice. This course is studied entirely online, using video, text-based resources and self-assessment tests so learners can fit the course around other commitments, choosing when and where to study to meet their needs.

  • Technology solutions for society in India (Free)

    Innovate UK is investing up to £1.6 million for projects that use cutting-edge solutions to enhance healthcare, clean technology and infrastructure in India.

  • The Business Finance Guide (Free)

    The business finance guide is an invaluable tool for entrepreneurs starting a business, or directors managing established or growing companies of all sizes. The business finance guide provides a comprehensive overview of the financing options available to growing businesses. Whatever the challenges faced, the right financing decisions are critical. For business owners and management, awareness of the choices available allows the business to make a well-informed financing decision. This guide helps make that task less daunting, and directs businesses to further advice

  • The Carbon Trust - The Green Business Fund (Free)

    The Carbon Trust Green Businessfund has been made available to SMEs on a first come-first served basis, and will offer energy saving training, cost saving assessments, implementation advice, and capital support for the installation of energy efficiency equipment.

  • The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme (Free)

    The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme was launched by HRH The Prince of Wales in July 2016, built on the successful delivery model of The Prince’s Dairy Initiative. HRH The Prince of Wales recognises that family farms are the heart of the British countryside and that their health is vital for rural communities across the UK. The vast majority of family farms are sole traders or family partnerships, which gifts them both a unique strength, but also a profound vulnerability.

  • The Seraphim Space Fund (Free)

    The Seraphim Space Fund will be the first fund of its size anywhere in the world to focus on investing in early-stage technology companies emerging from the ‘new space’ revolution.

  • Third Sector Business Support Programme (Free)

    The third sector programme provides a bespoke package of support targeted at the not-for-profit businesses and SME's within the City of Lincoln.

  • Transformational ICT Grant CLOSED (Free)

    The aim of the ICT grant and consultancy scheme is to provide financial and specialist support to *eligible businesses who are introducing and developing new systems to improve business performance. The programme is designed to support businesses in getting the most from their existing IT with the introduction of new systems and software and to assist with the implementation of new ICT resources. *Businesses located in Boston Borough, East Lindsey and Lincoln City council areas only. This is a discretionary funding programme and will provide 50% of the business’s ICT expenditure. The minimum grant is £2,000, i.e. a minimum of £4,000 investment . The maximum grant is £10,000 i.e. a minimum of £20,000 investment.

  • UK Steel Enterprise Business Funding (Partly Free)

    This is the regeneration subsidiary of Tata Steel and focuses on supporting businesses in areas that have been affected by the changes in the Steel industry in the UK. This has some impact on our West Lindsey area, because of the close proximity [travel to work time] to Scunthorpe and the Tata steelworks there. Please check eligibility via the webpage found in the main scheme details.

  • UK Theatres Grants Scheme (Free)

    The UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme is a capital fund that awards up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities.

  • Venture Investment Partners (Free)

    Venture Investment Partners Ltd ('VIP') is an independent business, owned and managed by experienced venture capital and corporate finance professionals. As such VIP understands the issues relevant to owners and managers of growth oriented businesses and can help you achieve your goals and ambitions.

  • Wash Fens LEADER Rural Development Programme (Free)

    Grant funding for rural businesses located in South East Lincolnshire (Boston Borough, South Holland and the eastern edge of South Kesteven; Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings). Funding can be used towards the purchase of capital equipment, machinery, technology or construction work to expand or improve property. All investments should lead to the creation of new jobs or the economic growth of a business. Average grants typically within the range of £2500 to £40,000 (higher grants available for projects that create significant jobs). The maximum grant rate available is 40% of total project costs.

  • Water Resource Management (Free)

    The RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme provides funding for projects in England which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sectors and help create jobs and growth in the rural economy.

  • Young Innovators' Programme - The Prince's Trust (Free)

    You might not know what to do with your idea yet, or where to start, but that’s where we come in. In partnership with Innovate UK, the UK government’s innovation support organisation, we want to inspire and support more young adults between 18-30 in turning their ideas, whether big or small, into a reality.