Go-Create Grants are offered as part of the Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) Phase 2 programme.  Go-Create Grants are available on a competitive basis from £1,000 to £50,000 and are available to eligible Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) under the De Minimis State Aid scheme with a minimum 3:1 co-investment requirement by the applicant business.

Grant applications:

Our grant rounds are now always ‘open’ and eligible businesses can apply at any time. We also offer grant workshops to help SMEs with the application process. To apply for a Go-Create grant, it is compulsory to either; a) attend a workshop or b) have a conversation with one of the ISfB team.

Examples of innovation projects might include:
  • Investment in product and service development 
  • Technological and applied research
  • Developing pilot lines
  • Early product validation actions
  • Supporting advance manufacturing capabilities
  • First production

Capital items can now be included in grants for a limited period while capital funding remains available. Capital items must cost a minimum of £5,000 each. The maximum capital cost available per applicant SME is £20,000. If awarded, we expect the capital element of expenditure will be claimed within 12 weeks of the date of the Grant Offer Letter. In exceptional circumstances OxLEP may agree an extension but you should contact the ISfB team first to seek approval.

Grant application deadline dates:

Please note that our panel sits regularly to review grant applications; submit your application before a ‘grant panel application deadline’ to ensure that you are considered in the next round.

Application submission deadline – 19 March 2021, 12:00 midday 
Notification of outcome – 9 April 2021

Application submission deadline – 16 April 2021, 12:00 midday 
Notification of outcome – 7 May 2021

Application submission deadline – 21 May 2021, 12:00 midday 
Notification of outcome – 11 June 2021

Dates for later in 2021 will be uploaded to the website soon.

We offer a free workshop to potential applicants prior to the deadline for each round so that they may find out more about eligible projects and how to apply.

for the foreseeable future, we are looking to move future OxLEP-led events to 'digital platforms', we will update everyone who has signed up as soon as possible.

This will cover:

  • Eligibility requirements
  • Application process
  • What a good application looks like
  • What other support is available for starting-up, growing and innovating within your business

Please note:

A Go-Create Grant application pack is available on request via: [email protected]

All applications have to be completed electronically and then printed, signed and posted or delivered in hardcopy with supporting documentation to the ISfB team at:

Innovation Support for Business, OxLEP Ltd, First Floor, Jericho Building, City of Oxford College Campus, Oxpens Road, Oxford, OX1 1SA

Videos:

OxLEP Business Go-create grants (Innovation Support for Business) webinar (April 2021)

For more information on our ISfB business support programme get in touch with the OxLEP Business our team today