There has been a focus on transport, rural, local improvements and environment tech grants for the week 30th October to 3rd November 2023
- Transport Grants
The UK government launched a new round of the Freight Innovation Fund 2024 to support freight coming at British Ports and the Department for Transport released the HGV Parking and Driver Welfare Grant Scheme to support logistics via road across the country.
i) Freight Innovation Fund 2024
The Freight Innovation Fund 2024 is a £7 million new Government grant fund from the Connected Places Catapult that will support the development and commercialisation of new technologies and solutions that can improve the efficiency and sustainability of the UK’s maritime freight sector.
The fund is open to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and other organisations that have innovative water and port based freight solutions to offer. Grants of up to £150,000 are available.
ii) HGV Parking and Driver Welfare Grant Scheme
The HGV Parking and Driver Welfare Grant Scheme is a £20 million fund from the Department for Transport that will support the development of new and improved facilities for HGV drivers, such as secure parking areas, rest stops, and sanitary facilities across England.
The fund is open to commercial operators, local authorities and other organisations that can provide evidence of a need for new or improved HGV facilities in their area. Grants of up to £315,000 per HGV site are available in matched funding.
- Rural Grants – Countryside Stewardship
The latest round of the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund provides a £2.5 million pot from Defra that supports farmers and landowners to work together to deliver environmental benefits on their land.
The fund is open to groups of farmers and landowners who are working together to develop and implement a countryside stewardship scheme. Grants of up to £50,000 are available.
Funding can be used for actions to increase biodiversity, improve water and air quality, expand woodland areas and improve natural flood management.
- UK Shared Prosperity Fund
Nottingham City Council has launched Open Call 5 and Open Call 6 of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, which includes Government grants for small business.
i) Open Call 5 is focused on supporting businesses to grow and create jobs.
Eligible actions for funding include developing local enterprise infrastructure, accelerators and research and development activities for supporting innovative product and service development.
ii) Open Call 6 is focused on supporting environmental improvements.
Eligible actions for funding include developing local green skills, help the local city become carbon neutral by 2028 and promote social inclusion.
- Environment Tech Schemes
Cranfield University has launched the latest rounds of 2 of its Environment Tech Schemes with a focus on small business grants for UK firms.
i) Cranfield University Future Frontiers Fund
The Cranfield University Future Frontiers Fund supports early-stage research and development in environment tech.
The fund is open to start-ups and SMEs that are developing new technologies to help address environmental challenges. Grants of up to £10,000 for concept testing are available.
ii) Cranfield University Technology Accelerator Fund
The Cranfield University Technology Accelerator Fund supports the development and commercialisation of environment tech.
The fund is open to start-ups and SMEs that have developed environment tech solutions that are ready to be brought to market. Grants of up to £50,000 are available.
Find out more
For more information on grants and funding opportunities and how to apply for business grants, please visit https://getbusinessgrants.com/