If you are located within certain areas in the East Midlands and thinking of investing between £5,000 and £40,000 on a transformational ICT project (such as web development, digital marketing or IT equipment) then you may be able to apply for up to 40% grant funding for eligible projects and other ICT support.
The Digital Growth Programme is a programme part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, running until 2019. The new Digital Growth Programme is a c£6.7m initiative managed by East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) in partnership with Leicester City and Leicestershire County Councils to aid the local economy.
Over the next two years the programmes will together deliver 580 action-planning workshops, annual digital conferences, dedicated digital business advice, workforce development skills advice and a technology grant scheme worth £3.8m – to be 60% matched by participating SMEs.
The programmes, which are open to businesses, charities and other organisations, will engage with at least 3,662 enterprises through dedicated marketing and activities, resulting in 1,534 enterprises receiving intensive support, the creation of 170 new businesses and 1,278 SMEs introducing new digital processes.
Both programmes will be delivered through the Chamber’s dedicated and specialist eBusiness Club team.
The LLEP programme is part-funded by LLEP, East Midlands Chamber* Leicestershire County Council and the European Regional Development Fund.
The D2N2 programme is part-funded by D2N2, East Midlands Chamber*, Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Council, The Creative Quarter Company, Rushcliffe Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council and the European Regional Development Fund.
Like most EU funded projects, you have to be an SME (below 250 employees) and have a turnover of ≤ €50 million or a balance sheet ≤ €43 million at the time of full application. You also need to be in certain postcode areas, to be eligible for funding. These areas include:
· D2N2 Digital Growth Programme
• Derby and Derbyshire
• Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
· LLEP Digital Growth Programme
• Leicester and Leicestershire
Applicants must demonstrate that their project contributes and positively impacts on at least ONE of the following:
The following technologies and projects will be eligible for consideration:
The following won’t be:
The application process is in 2 stages, an initial expression of interest and a more detailed application. There is always a huge demand for this type of grant, therefore expression of interest needs to be submitted as soon as possible.
The Chamber is rolling-out a series of launch events for the programme, information regarding specific dates and locations can be found at http://www.ebusinessclub.biz/Digital-Growth-Programme-Launch-Events
The second stage is to identify your preferred supplier and provide 3 quotes.
Anicca will be happy to provide you with a quote and of course to actually carryout your project for you, if your application is successful.
Anicca is one of the biggest digital marketing and Google Premier Partner agencies in the Midlands. We currently have a team of 27 in our office in Leicester, which allows us to offer a full service for nearly all businesses wanting to promote themselves (or sell) online. The sort of projects we can help you with include:
Whatever your project, we can provide an initial audit and review of your existing website and marketing and provide you with some recommendations and costings.
In order to register your interest in grant funding, East Midlands Chamber must first assess your organisation’s ability to apply under national ERDF eligibility rules. Please complete the registration form so that it can assess your eligibility. Once eligibility processing has been carried out you will be notified accordingly.
If you’re interested in talking to Anicca about a project, then please phone 01162 983726 or alternatively send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org .
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