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Green Bridge - ERDF


For grants of £10k up to £100k

Round 14 is now open and the deadline for submission of applications is Friday 24th October. Late applications will not be considered.

This programme is ONLY available to SMEs operating on a “Business to Business” basis from one of the 10 eligible business clusters. Retail SMEs are ineligible.

The ERDF GBSCP is a competition funded with £7.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund. We and 6 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are working together to deliver this important initiative, which covers Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent, The Marches together with the Birmingham Chamber Group; Birmingham City University and MEBC (Midlands Environmental Business Company).

We have been made aware that Consultants are offering assistance with Green Bridge applications for a percentage of the grant awarded. We do not recommend the use of such Consultants. However, should you decide to use these services, you must be aware that these fees are not eligible costs through the programme

Grant support of between, £10k up to £100k is available to new* and existing SME companies to develop new markets, new products, business consultancy, coaching and mentoring and purchase of capital equipment. (For grants above £100k, go to the Regional Growth Fund Green Bridge Supply Chain Programme webpage

(* Only a small number of start-ups will be supported as part of this programme.)

Please note that applicants cannot pay for capital equipment through Hire Purchase or other asset based finance scheme. Please refer to the list of Frequently Asked Questions for further information

All projects will need to be completed by March 2015

The Green Bridge leaflet for the ERDF programme is available below

Application Checklist (Size: 1.20 Mb Type: Word Document )

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For the latest news on the programme, tips and advice on applying for Green Bridge, advance notice of events in your local area, and case studies of businesses who have benefitted from Green Bridge funding, see our latest newsletter

Application Process

You will need to complete the ERDF GBSCP Application Form and provide the related Financial Information. The following documents will enable you to complete your submission:

* Form E is to verify SME status (please include all group and related companies per the definition contained within this form)

Your submission must include a completed Form C, Form D, Form E, Form F, Form G and supporting financial documents.

Help and Support Available

A limited number of 1-2-1 Sessions for companies will be available where you can discuss your application in confidence. Please email greenbridge@birmingham.gov.uk to request an appointment.

Meetings will be held at Baskerville House between 09.30 – 17.00. Please note that we are limiting attendees to no more than 2 representatives per appointment.

If you have any further queries or require any further support, please email greenbridge@birmingham.gov.uk.

Following feedback a list of Frequently Asked Questions has been put together for information,

A map of the West Midlands Region is attached below for reference

Not for You ?

If you decide that Green Bridge is not what you are looking for, we have a number of other grant funding programmes which you may be interested in, namely the Business Development Programme or the Business Innovation Programme.

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Last Updated:17th October 2014