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“EU Funding: Use it or lose it” is the message from March’s Breakfast Briefing

The seventh in the series of monthly breakfast briefings (hosted by us at our Truro office) saw a packed boardroom to hear about a few of the EU funded grant and business support schemes operational in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

Presentations on The Growth Hub, Business Investment for Growth (BIG2); Rural Development Programme for England Growth Programme (RDPE Growth Programme) and Countryside Productivity were followed by my own ‘5 top tips to making a successful grant application’ (the latter I had billed to take 5 minutes but confess it took slightly longer!).

The common message from the grant schemes covered were deadlines are fast approaching, and in fact, for BIG2 there is now a waiting list for grant applications greater than £20k. The situation across the schemes covered can be summarised as follows:

Scheme / ThemeClosing dates for Expression of InterestRelated News
Start Ups – usually between £2.5K to £7.5k  
Small Grants – up to £20k  
Medium Grants – between £20K and £75kClosed (waiting list)To be followed by BIG3 with grants > £75k?
RDPE Growth Programme    
3 themes:

  • Business Development
  • Food Processing
  • Tourism Infrastructure
Closes 31.05.18
Countryside Productivity (4 themes) 
  • Small Grants
Closes 14.03.18Online process
  • Improving Forestry Productivity
Closes 03.04.18 
  • Adding Value to Agri-food
Closes 29.06.18Similar eligibility requirement to Growth Programme theme F&D but not tied to job creation
  • Improving Farm Productivity
Closes 03.12.18


We will let you know when we hear more about BIG2, and if anything is known by 18 April 2018, you can anticipate it will be covered at Finance in Cornwall.

The slides from the breakfast briefing event can be found here.

The Growth Hub presenter also covered the ‘Skills Hub’ which, similar in design to the Growth Hub, is designed to be a conduit for Cornish businesses through to the various programmes and support schemes for skills development (training etc.).

My top tips for a successful grant application can also be found on the slides from the event. These are under the following headings:

  1. Eligibility
  2. Match Funding
  3. Give them what they want
  4. Timeframe
  5. External help

Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Details of our next breakfast briefing can be found here – the topic being GDPR.

Thank you as always to the presenters and the team here who make the events happen including Linda, Devon and Charlie.

Don’t forget to book your space at Finance in Cornwall and / or Start Up Cornwall – they are going to be humdingers!

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