OXLEP BUSINESS OFFERS FUNDING AND GRANT OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SMES AND SMES LOOKING TO GROW AND INNOVATE.

Cherwell Business Adaptation Fund

Cherwell Business Adaptation Fund

Is your business based in Cherwell? Have you got ideas about how to improve your business? You could be eligible for a grant worth £5-20k for capital/revenue projects, supporting your business to recover for 2022 and beyond!

We expect to support between 25 and 100 local businesses with grants for their projects, depending on the grant sizes requested by businesses who meet the eligibility criteria. Projects could include diversifying into new markets, a successful transition to Net Zero, or enabling the visitor economy to become more resilient in a post-pandemic world.

Businesses have until May 27 to complete the pre-application questionnaire. 

You can also find out more about the scheme and apply here.

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ISFB GO-CREATE GRANT

We are able to offer one final round of grants in Go-Create for capital innovation projects only.

The grant round opens on Thursday 5th May and will close at midday on Monday 23rd May. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be accepted.

We aim to let people know within 21 days of the cut-off date as to whether or not their application has been successful. You will be advised as early as possible if there is likely to be a delay.

In order to receive an application pack, you will need to first watch the recording of the Go-Create grants webinar on the Go-Create webpage and/or to have a conversation with a member of the ISfB team. There is also a grant guidance pack to read alongside the application and a FAQ document which you may find helpful too.

The grant rounds are a competition and we strongly suggest you allow enough time before a grant deadline to put your application together.

Go-Create Grants are offered as part of the Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) Phase 2 programme. Go-Create Grants are flexible grants designed to support tech and non-tech SMEs to implement innovation projects, develop prototypes and prove concepts, to assist with early-stage development work and the exploitation of intellectual property; or to promote the use of innovation to bring new products, processes or services to the market.

eScalate Grant

The eScalate programme has been extended and as a result we are able to offer one final round of grants.

The grant round is open from Monday 14th February 2022 to midday on Friday 11th March 2022. All applications must be submitted by this deadline, no late applications can be accepted.

We aim to let applicants know within 21 days of the cut-off date whether or not their application has been successful. You will be advised as early as possible if there is likely to be a delay.

Before you apply for our eScalate grants you will need to watch the eScalate grants webinar recording on YouTube or in the videos section at the bottom of this page. In addition, you may also need to speak on an individual basis to a member of our team.

There is also a grant guidance pack to read alongside application and an FAQ document which you may find helpful. The grant rounds are a competition and we strongly suggest you allow enough time to put your application together.

eScalate grants are offered as part of the eScalate programme for SME’s for social good (i.e. those with social and/or environmental purpose) and scale up SME’s accessing finance or becoming investment ready.

To receive an application form please contact the eScalate team on [email protected]

Business Investment Fund

OxLEP Business announced a new capital investment fund, created to support Oxfordshire’s innovative business community to move into an effective renewal phase following the COVID-19 pandemic and potential effects of Brexit.

The Business Investment Fund's expression of interest process is now closed.

Grant guidance presentations

OxLEP Business eScalate Grant Guidance (Feb 2022)

OxLEP Business webinar: How to create an effective Business Investment Fund (March 2021)

OxLEP Business Go-create grant (ISfB) webinar (Nov 2021)

For more information on our grant funding opportunities get in touch with the OxLEP Business team today.