New 40% grant rate now live.

Go-Create Grants are offered as part of the Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) Phase 2 programme.  Go-Create Grants are available on a competitive basis from £1,000 to £50,000 and are available to eligible Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) under the De Minimis State Aid scheme with a 40% maximum grant rate (minimum 60% co-investment required by the applicant business).

Grant applications:

Our grant rounds are now always ‘open’ and eligible businesses can apply at any time. If successful, we are able to offer a reimbursement of up to 40% of eligible externally incurred costs in a qualifying innovation activity. Grants can include revenue and/or capital expenditure. To apply for a Go-Create grant, it is compulsory to either; a) attend a Go-Create grant application webinar or watch the recording on our Go-Create webpage or b) have a conversation with one of the ISfB team.

Examples of innovation projects might include:

  • Investment in product and service development 
  • Technological and applied research
  • Developing pilot lines
  • Early product validation actions
  • Supporting advance manufacturing capabilities
  • First production

Grant application deadline dates:

Please note that our panel sits regularly to review grant applications; submit your application before a ‘grant panel application submission deadline’ to ensure that you are considered in the next round. 

Application submission deadline – 21 January 2022, 12:00 midday 
Notification of outcome – 11 February 2022

Application submission deadline – 18 February 2022, 12:00 midday 
Notification of outcome – 11 March 2022

Further dates for 2022 will be uploaded to the website soon, subject to funding

We encourage potential applicants to watch the latest grants webinar recording prior to the deadline for each round so that they may find out more about eligible projects and how to apply.

For the foreseeable future, we are looking to move future OxLEP-led events to 'digital platforms', we will update everyone who has signed up as soon as possible.

This will cover:

  • Eligibility requirements
  • Application process
  • What a good application looks like
  • What other support is available for starting-up, growing and innovating within your business

Please note:

A Go-Create Grant application pack is available on request via: [email protected]

All applications have to be completed electronically, signed and submitted with supporting documentation to the ISfB team at: [email protected]


Finding Funds for Innovation (August 2021)

Winning Funds for Innovation – Improving your Chances of Success (August 2021)

Watch our ISfB Go-Create grant guidance presentation

For more information on our ISfB business support programme get in touch with our team today