With the current climate of rising energy costs and other business growth challenges, there is practical support available for SMEs in the form of grant funding and loans. 
 
New grants can be used for various purposes such as new products and services, capital equipment costs, marketing and purchasing software. 
 
 
We list below three such funding options that may be of use to our members: 
 
1. Business Gateway Grant Scheme: 
 
£2,000 to £25,000 grant funding providing 35% of total project costs for capital or revenue projects. 
 
For more information, please click the following link - https://bizgateway.org.uk/funding-options/business-gateway-grant/
 
 
2. Business Support Grant: 
 
One-off grants up to £2,500 for Leicester and Leicestershire SMEs to sustain or grow following the impact of Covid19 and rising energy costs. No match funding is required. 
 
For more information, please click the following link - https://bizgateway.org.uk/funding-options/business-support-grant/. 
 
 
3. Invest To Grow Funding for your Business: 
 
The Invest to Grow programme provides grants and loans of between £15,000 and £250,000 to support private-sector businesses across the East Midlands to innovate, grow and create jobs. 
 
For more information, please click the following link - https://www.derby.ac.uk/business-services/funding/access-to-funding/. 
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