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Welcome to our quarterly round-up of current grant funding opportunities available for SMEs working in clean technology. For support with funding applications, please contact Dr. Alex Smeets at: alex@cambridgeinnovationsolutions.co.uk.

The Finance SIG is a great place to learn about funding opportunities for the cleantech sector and the next edition of this popular networking event will be on 25th September 2019 at Taylor Wessing's offices in Cambridge. Join us to see if crowdfunding can provide the finance to help grow your cleantech business and hear from experts, real life case studies and commentary and tips. This event is free for members, book your places now!

 
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Greater Cambridge Local Plan businesses workshop
Greater Cambridge Shared Planning has invited members of Cambridge Cleantech to join a workshop on the new Greater Cambridge Local plan, which will play a crucial part in the future development of Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.
The workshop will address the key challenges and opportunities for the economy of Greater Cambridge, what it will be like over the next 20 years and what we need to do to respond to these issues. RSVP by 23rd August by responding to ldf@scambs.gov.uk.

Date: Thursday, 5th September, 8.30 am - 10:30 am
Venue: Aurora Innovation Centre, British Antarctic Survey
 
RSVP your attendance
 Join the SVC2UK CEO summit and learn from the best

As part of the 13th Silicon Valley Comes to the UK (SVC2UK) event this November, experts from the Silicon Valley will provide high value mentoring to CEOs of UK’s fastest growing tech companies. If you are a CEO ready to move your business to the next level or you know someone who is, applications are now open to join one of the coveted places at SVC2UK's CEO Summit.  
Apply now
Innovate UK Smart Grants
The smart grants are designed to help businesses to develop new products, processes and services with commercial potential, from any technology, engineering or industrial area. Projects should demonstrate disruptive, cutting-edge innovations and businesses should demonstrate ambition and potential for growth. The competition is open to both small and medium-sized enterprises and large companies, who can work individually or collaboratively. Projects must aim for commercialisation as soon as possible after completion, and may focus on feasibility studies, industrial research and/or experimental development.

Length: 6 to 36 months
Size: £25,000 up to £2 million (by exception up to £3 million)
Grant funding level: from 25% to 70%
Deadline: 16
th October 2019
Apply now
Innovation Loans
Innovate UK is also offering loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing concepts with a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact. Projects should aim to develop new products, processes or services, significantly ahead of anything similar in the field. Proposals can come from any technology and any part of the economy, and must focus on commercialisation, growth or scale up. Priority is given to proposals likely to lead to growth and gains in productivity.

Length: up to 5 years
Size: between £100,000 and £1 million
Deadline: 11
th September 2019
Apply now
Energy Catalyst
In the 7th round of the Energy Catalyst scheme, grants are available to support highly innovative, market-focused energy solutions in any technology or sector, addressing the following problems: Cost; Emissions; and Security of supply and energy access. Projects must encourage the development of products and services that help countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or both regions access secure, low cost and low carbon energy and targeted at people, public services and local enterprises who are unable to afford or lack the time, expertise or access to existing solutions.

There are 3 parallel running strands to this competition:
Early stage for feasibility studies: between £50,000 and £300,000
Mid-stage for industrial research: between £50,000 and £1.5 million
Late stage for experimental development: between £50,000 and £5 million

Funding levels: between 25% and 70%, depending on the size of the business and the nature of the project
Deadline: 18
th September 2019
Apply for Early Stage
Apply for Mid-Stage
Apply for Late Stage
Key technology components for local energy systems
Grants are available for feasibility studies and industrial research into important technology components that can enhance the efficiency of local energy systems, in the following areas:
  • Applications for monitoring electricity and/or gas network hardware and software.
  • Enhancing integration between local and national electricity networks, both electricity system operators (ESO) and distribution system operators (DSO).
  • Enhancing integration between local and national electricity markets (wholesale market, balancing mechanism and ancillary services)
  • Multi-site, real time generation optimisation across multiple operators or aggregators.
  • Enhancing the efficiency of heat networks.
  • Heat and cold storage, especially inter-seasonal storage.
  • Optimised vector coupling solutions: electricity, heat and transport.
Data will be shared with the Energy Systems Catapult’s Energy Revolution Integration Service (ERIS) and the Energy Revolution Research Consortium, EnergyRev.
Projects must be collaborative and include at least one SME.

Eligible costs: between £100,000 and £500,000
Funding level: up to 70% for micro- or small businesses
Deadline: 9
th October 2019
Apply now
Carbon Trust Green Business Fund
This fund provides direct funded support through energy assessments, training workshops, and equipment procurement support and capital contribuion. The Carbon Trust can also help with other forms of financing and the supply and installation of energy saving equipment. 

Funding level: up to £5,000 capital contribution per company towards your energy saving equipment purchase
Deadline: first come, first served
Find out more
New Anglia LEP Growing Business Fund
The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership has grants available for businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk that are looking to expand. The grants can typically cover up to 20% of the total cost of an expansion project and can be used to leverage funding from other sources such as banks and other financial organisations. 

Size: up to £500,000
Funding level: 20-30%
Apply now
Signpost 2 Grants for SMEs in Greater Cambridge & Greater Peterborough area
The Signpost 2 Grants programme can make grants of between £2,000 and £20,000 to cover up to 20% of the cost of a capital investment in a business.  To qualify for the grant you must be:
  • Located within the Greater Cambridge & Greater Peterborough area 
  • Be a micro or SME that employs less than 250 people
  • Seeking to make a capital investment in your business, for example by purchasing new equipment or investing in your premises
  • Planning to grow and employ more staff in the future
Size: £2000 - £20,000
Length: N/A
Funding level: 20%
Deadline: None

 
Apply now
Climate KIC UK Accelerator
Created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, with the aim of creating sustainable growth by addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation, Climate KIC offers support as well as funding to entrepreneurs. The Pathfinder ideator programme can provide grants of up to €100,000 and the Accelerator grants of up to €95,000. 
Find out more
Horizon 2020 calls for energy and environment sector
The European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, covers a broad range of topics in thematically focused calls, including energy and environmental technologies and includes specific schemes aimed at SMEs. Funding levels for small businesses can occasionally be as high as 100% for small initial feasibility studies but will typically be in the form of a grant of 70% of direct costs. The dedicated SME strand can in principle fund early deployment and market replication, not just R&D, and funding can be provided to single applicants without the requirement for European collaboration. However, a European dimension to the project and its outcomes is still likely to be an important consideration. 
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ELENA – supporting investments in energy efficiency and sustainable transport
ELENA is a joint initiative by the European Investment Bank and the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme. ELENA provides grants for technical assistance focused on the implementation of energy efficiency, distributed renewable energy and urban transport projects and programmes.

Size: total annual grant budget currently around EUR 20 million
Length: 2-4 years
Funding level: up to 90%
Deadline: First-come-first-served
Find out more
Related imageEUREKA Eurostars Programme for research SMEs
The EUREKA Eurostars Programme supports market-oriented, international collaborative research and innovation projects led by “research-performing SMEs”, by easing access to support and funding. Projects can address any civilian technological area and must have the objective to development a new product, process or service.

Funding level: up to 60%
Deadline: rolling; two assessments every year
Find out more
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Best wishes,
The Cambridge Cleantech team
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