Have you ever felt that funding was only available for the bigger guys? Or, are you too big to qualify? Have you ever wished all programmes for micro-enterprises were available to those over the grand old age of 35, not just some? Do the forms seem daunting and the process threatening? Read on. There are lots of options. And, lots of support in completing those forms.
Collaborative Networks (NI only)
“Up to £25,000 funding is available to industry-led networks that would like support to co-ordinate and scope out, innovative, collaborative projects.
We are particularly interested in projects in the areas of digital media, connected health and life sciences, big data/IT, agri-food, advanced materials, advanced engineering and sustainable energy. For more information on these sectors”
Innovation Vouchers (NI only)
“An Innovation Voucher offers you £4000 to ‘purchase ‘ specialist knowledge from one of 39 respected universities, colleges and research organisations throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. This knowledge can help you to expand, improve or create new products, services and processes.” See InvestNI
Support is available for business development, research and development, export, productivity and education. See Enterprise Ireland
DJEI (Ireland only)
This link lists support (including financial support) available to help companies grow, compete, create jobs and improve productivity. See DJEI
This organisation offers loans for 3-5 years, and funds expansion and job creation. SEe Microfinance Ireland
Crowd-funding is everywhere! Have you considered asking the general public to fund your idea, concept, innovation or book? Does it sound a bit mad? Then take a look at projects that have been funded across Ireland and the UK. See Kickstarter
Do you need assistance with applying for grant funding? We help individuals and organisations to complete applications for universities, jobs, grants and funding, proposals, ITTs, PQQs and tenders. Get in touch if you’re losing the plot!
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