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

For further information please download our Invest to Grow FAQs.

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Case Study: The National Forest Spring Water Company Ltd

"The funding has enabled us to increase production, become more efficient, and ‘step up a level’.”

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