European grant funding boost for digital projects in Northamptonshire

16 August 2017

Grants of up to £5,000 will be available for small and medium-sized businesses in Northamptonshire which are looking to invest in digital technology to help their expansion.

Delivered by Northamptonshire County Council in partnership with Northamptonshire Growth Hub, the funding for the Digital Improvement Grants project has been made available from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Match-funding

Applicants must commit to at least match this funding to support innovative and enterprising digital activities that will stimulate business growth and job creation.

The sort of projects that would be suitable for funding include:

  • Achieving efficiencies by using cloud systems
  • Enhancing online presence
  • Accessing new markets through e-commerce
  • Remote working and mobile solutions

Applications will be jointly assessed by the county council and Northamptonshire Growth Hub. 

Applications for funding opened on August 14 with a closing date for this round of Friday, September 29 at midday.

Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council cabinet member for Public Protection, Strategic Planning and Infrastructure, said: “I’m delighted to announce that this funding is available for small and medium-sized businesses in the county as this funding can make a very big difference to these companies who are looking to expand.

“Eligibility for the grant also relies on the funding bringing benefits for the wider Northamptonshire economy, which means the benefits are widespread.”

The grant investment in local businesses through the Digital Improvement Grants must have a beneficial impact on the Northamptonshire economy.

Find out more

Digital grants

Initial enquiries should be directed to Northamptonshire Growth Hub on 01604 212696.

The Digital Improvement Grants scheme builds on the success of INV-ENT Digital which was backed by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills SME Digital Capabilities Fund in 2015.


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