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Green Bridge - ERDF


This is your final opporunity to apply for Green Bridge Funding

Due to very limited Green Bridge Supply Chain Programme funding remaining, this will be the final competition round in which SMEs can apply for Green Bridge funding.

Round 15 is a special funding round which will run for a very limited period, opening on 27th October and closing on 14th November 2014. Late applications will not be considered.

As funding is restricted in this final round, we strongly recommend that you do not wait until the competition closing date, as you risk losing out on the opportunity, but submit your application as a matter of urgency and well ahead of the funding round deadline.

Preference will be given to “quick win” projects, where spend will be made within a maximum of 2 months following approval by the Birmingham City Council Investment Board.

For grants of £10k up to £100k

Round 15 of the ERDF Green Bridge Supply Chain Programme is now Open

Green Bridge 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

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:27th October 2014