a. Access Lincoln

Provider: Lincolnshire County Council.

Summary: Support for businesses to develop sustainable travel options, including:

* Developing a free Travel Plan to identify where staff travel from, and identify alternative sustainable transport options.
* 50% match funded grant of up to £2,500 to purchase equipment to encourage sustainable travel.
* One-to-one support and advice for management and staff.

Eligibility Criteria:

* Businesses must be located in Lincoln.
* Those applying for grants must be able to provide 50% match funding.
* Must have 15+ employees.

Eligible Technology: Equipment to encourage sustainable travel e.g. pool bikes, lockers, showers, cycle storage, signage.

More information: Visit the Access Lincoln website.

b. Plug In Vehicle Grants

Provider: Department for Transport (managed through the dealership or vendor selling the vehicle).

Summary: Grants towards purchasing a new plug-in van or car. A grant of 20% towards the cost of a van, up to a maximum of £8,000 or a grant of 25% towards the cost of a car, up to a maximum of £5,000. Saving deducted at point of sale.

Eligibility Criteria: Any private or commercial purpose.

Eligible Technology: Plug in cars or vans.

More information: Visit the Department for Transport website.

c. Business Growth & Finance Lincolnshire

Provider: Lincolnshire County Council.

Summary: Innovation, strategic management and financial support to help businesses to develop knowledge and skills. After a minimum of 12 hours 1:1 advice, businesses will be able to access the Business Growth Grant scheme and apply for grants of £200- £2,500 (to be matched 50% by the business).

Eligibility Criteria: Participation is limited to SMEs in the PA2 area (Boston, Lincoln City and East Lindsey).
Eligible Technology: Grants must be used to develop management systems, financial management, innovation or growth.

More information: Email businessgrowth@lincolnshire.gov.uk or visit the Business Growth & Finance website.

d. Greater Lincolnshire Business Capital Growth Fund

Provider: Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Lincolnshire County Council and the Federation of Small Businesses.

Summary: Capital grants of £10,000- £250,000 are available to support business development. Businesses will also be offered assistance in preparing their grant applications.

Eligibility Criteria: Applications can be submitted by Lincolnshire-based businesses or investors. Projects must support business growth and significant job creation.

Eligible Technology: None specified.

More information: Contact Simon Beardsley at the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce on 01522 523333 or email Simon.Beardsley@Lincs-Chamber.co.uk, or click here.

e. Innovation Vouchers

Provider: Technology Strategy Board.

Summary: Funding to allow businesses to work with an external expert for the first time, gaining knowledge to help your business innovate, develop and grow.

Eligibility Criteria: * Applicants must be UK-based SMEs.
* Businesses must be working with their chosen supplier for the first time.
* Businesses must have an innovative idea which requires specialist help.
* Businesses must not have received an innovation voucher before.
* Businesses must be able to complete their project within 6 months.
* Projects must fall within one of the following priority themes: agrifood; built environment; cyber security; open data innovators and inventors; space; energy; waste & water; or high value manufacturing.

Eligible Technology: None specified.

More information: Visit the Technology Strategy Board website.


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