C4G Funding and Support

Collaboration 4 Growth (C4G)

The C4G project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

What is the Collaboration 4 Growth project?

We are working in partnership with Lincoln BIG to provide business support to new and existing SMEs who trade on a business to business (B2B) basis.

Over the year 2018-2019, we have supported 77 businesses through our free to attend workshops, delivered by Chamber members. You can see all upcoming events, including free C4G workshops, by clicking here.

A huge part of C4G was the revenue and capital grants available for micro, small and medium businesses. With this, we have helped 26 businesses in 2018-2019, with grant funding totalling over £115,374. 

Business Support Applying Am I eligible? Case studies

Business Support and Advice

Businesses can access 12 hours free business advice on a one-to-one basis, or receive support in the form of workshops/networking opportunities.

Businesses are entitled to receive a grant OR 12 hours free business support.

To receive support through free workshops, simply book your place via our Events page.

If you are interested in receiving business support via one-to-one advice, give us a ring on 01522 523333 or email marketing@lincs-chamber.co.uk

Grant Scheme

Through this project, there are revenue and capital grants available between £2,000 and £7,000 to support activity such as; the creation or implementation of new systems and purchasing new equipment.

Please note that successful applicants will be required to pay for the full cost of the project upfront and reclaim this from Lincoln BIG. It is therefore imperative that applicants have the funds to cover the costs before submitting an application.

Businesses operating solely on a business to consumer (B2C) basis are ineligible to receive support from this project.

How do I apply?

Expressions of Interest are assessed and if applicable, your project will be placed in a pending status and we will ask you to complete a full application.

Businesses interested in applying for a grant will be required to complete an Expression of Interest form which you can download via the button below.

Grant applicants will be asked to provide three quotes in relation to the proposed expenditure as well as other supporting documentation which will be assessed prior to consideration by the grants panel.

The panel will discuss all applications and decide which businesses will be supported according to funds available and outputs delivered.

Download the expression of interest

Am I eligible?

Eligible projects are:

  • Micro, small, and medium sized businesses (with less than 250 employees) trading on a business to business basis
  • Within the administrative boundaries of North Kesteven District Council, West Lindsey District Council, and the City of Lincoln Council
  • Purchase of advance technology to improve businesses
  • Purchase of specialist consultancy support
  • Support the business to develop processes, systems and accreditation
  • Purchase of certain types of office equipment

Ineligible projects are:

  • Ongoing business costs (overheads, business rates)
  • Vehicles and other mobile infrastructures
  • Salaries and travel costs
  • Businesses trading on a business to consumer basis

 

*please note that the above lists are only examples and other restrictions also apply. This list is not exhaustive.

Download the expression of interest

Case Study – Stokes Tea & Coffee

The C4G project allowed the well-established Stokes Tea & Coffee in Lincoln to receive a grant of £4,800 to put into several projects, including hiring more staff.

See how receiving this funding has helped their business:

Case Study – Ruddocks

The C4G project allowed the design and print agency Ruddocks in Lincoln to receive a grant of £4,920 towards purchasing a colour envelope printer.

See how receiving this funding has helped their business:

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