Access to Funding - Invest to Grow

Grants or loans - according to the needs of the business - are available for up to 30% of the cost of investment to help create long term sustainable job growth. The business has to find private sector funding for at least 70% of the project cost.

  • Minimum award size is £15k, so the minimum project cost is likely to be £50k. Maximum award size is £250k although higher awards can be considered for projects which offer exceptional value for money.
  • The programme is aimed at priority growth sectors such as Transport Equipment Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Construction, Food & Drink Manufacturing, Logistics, Low Carbon and Creative Industries.
  • The project must be located in the East Midlands.
1,000+jobs created by the Invest to Grow Fund
£15kminimum award size
£250kmaximum award size

Companies interested in applying for Invest to Grow funding should download the Invest to Grow Expression of Interest Form and return the completed form to investtogrow@derby.ac.uk.

For further information please download our Invest to Grow FAQs.

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