Part of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund allocation is for 2 new grant programmes, the West Midlands SME Grant, and the West Midlands Net Zero Grant.

The latest window for submitting Expressions of Interest (EoI) for the new grants for Wolverhampton businesses funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund closed on the the 11th April. There will be a further window open in June or July.

For those companies that had registered for an Energy Assessment by 11th April but hadn’t had it completed, and were looking to submit an EoI for a Net Zero grant please email the team at business.development@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Details of these new grant programmes are shown below – however it is important to note that alongside these new grant programmes there are also numerous other support packages.

West Midlands Grant Programme (WMGP)

The West Midlands SME Grant Programme seeks to increase productivity by improving business confidence, stimulating business activity, attracting investment, safeguarding existing and creating new jobs within local communities. In Wolverhampton grant funding between £1,000 to £100,000 may be offered for SMEs trading for more than 2 years (This funding will be a capped figure which will be no more than 50% of the projects eligible costs). The remaining balance has to be matched by the business, and any grant secured will be paid by the Council in arrears and upon receipt of evidence from the business that costs were properly incurred.

Whilst the maximum and minimum amounts have been identified, please note that we would expect the average grant to be £15,000 and we would anticipate supporting at least 48 businesses. A total grant budget of £793,577 doubled devolved from Government through the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has been allocated to CWC for the 2024/25 financial year. This is split between SME grants (£544,056) and NET ZERO grants (£249,521) with a requirement to support at least 48 businesses

The grant funding will be used for the following activities: 

  • Capital investment, eg, new plant, machinery and equipment 
  • Improving systems and processes
  • Innovation – Including the development of new products including prototyping, testing and commercialisation 
  • Develop new markets opportunities 
  • Promotional activities 
  • Low carbon/energy efficiency/waste management – Green grants (link to decarbonisation) 

The first thing you will need to do is read the Guidance notes below, then submit a Expression of Interest (EoL) Form, which can also be found in the Guidance notes section below. Once both of these have been done, a member of the Council's Business Development Team will contact you within 10 working days to complete a Business Diagnostic (BD) with you.

All these stages must be completed ahead of any grant application.

All grant applicants will be subject to, and must satisfactorily pass, a Financial Review; will be required to comply with the Councils Procurement rules; must be able to fund the full cost of the investment; and must satisfy the SME definition and public subsidy requirements. 

Applications for both grants are on a competitive basis, subject to availability of funds, and distributed at the discretion of the Council.

The West Midlands Net Zero Grant Programme (NZGP) seeks to support businesses in the region to reduce their environmental impact and to reduce the rising energy costs these companies are experiencing.

It is open to small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from all sectors which are based within the Wolverhampton City Council local authority area.

In Wolverhampton grant funding between £ 1,000 to £100,000 may be offered for SMEs trading for more than 12 months. This funding will be a capped figure which will be no more than 50% of the project's eligible costs. The remaining balance has to be matched by the business, and any grant secured will be paid by the Council in arrears and upon receipt of evidence from the business that costs were properly incurred. (Please see all the guidance documents in the Downloads section).

All applicants must undertake a free energy assessment prior to submission of an expression of interest. If your business has had an energy assessment from an assessor with appropriate knowledge and qualifications within the last 2 years, please contact business.development@wolverhampton.gov.uk and you will be able to apply for a grant subject to eligibility requirements. If your business has yet to have an energy assessment  one can be delivered free of charge through the region's decarbonisation programme, and will be undertaken by Pro Enviro. 

Please note an Energy Assessment must be completed first – this can then be used in the expression of interest to identify the investment you are looking to make. Any grant application subsequently made can only relate to items identified in the Energy Assessment.

Once an Expression of Interest (EoI) has been submitted a member of the Council's Business Development Team will contact you within 10 working days to complete a Business Diagnostic with you. 

All grant applicants will be subject to, and must satisfactorily pass, a Financial Review; will be required to comply with the Councils Procurement rules; must be able to fund the full cost of the investment, must satisfy the SME definition and public subsidy requirements. 

Applications for both grants are on a competitive basis, subject to availability of funds, and distributed at the discretion of the Council.

If you are considering applying to one of these grant programmes please access the detailed information, guidance notes below and the expression of interest:

Detailed Information, guidance notes and Expression of Interest form
Introduction and Context

This guidance sets out the criteria City of Wolverhampton Council (CWC) will apply to applications for the award of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) SME and NET ZERO grants to businesses within its administrative area.

Any enquiries about the guidance should be directed to: business.development@wolverhampton.gov.uk

A total grant budget of £793,577 doubled devolved from Government through the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has been allocated to CWC for the 2024/25 financial year. This is split between SME grants (£544,056) and NET ZERO grants (£249,521). We would expect the average grant to be £15,000 and we would anticipate supporting at least 50 businesses.

The purpose of the UKSPF is to build pride in place and increase life chances across the UK, this will be achieved through three UKSPF priorities – Communities and Place; People and Skills; and Local Business Support

This guidance relates to the delivery of the Local Business Support allocation – for which the focus is creating jobs and boosting community cohesion by supporting local businesses; promoting networking and collaboration and stimulating innovation and growth; targeted support to help businesses growth – for example: innovation, productivity, energy efficiency, low carbon and exporting.

The criteria and application process for this funding is based around Government Guidance and has been developed in consultation with partner Local Authorities across the WMCA area and with Business Growth West Midlands (BGWM).

CWC is identified as the Accountable Body for distribution of UKSPF funding in the City of Wolverhampton.

CWC reserves the right to vary the terms of the SME and NET ZERO grant schemes at any time should it become necessary to do so. 

If an application is not complete and is awaiting further information, the scheme may become fully committed whilst this takes place. Therefore, it is imperative that all information is provided at point of submission and/or when requested as no grant funds will be ring-fenced to be accessed at a later stage.

CWC reserve the right to remove an applicant from the grant application process should any of the deadlines identified (e.g. completion of application form, completion of project and claim etc.) not be met without acceptable applicant/beneficiary justification. 

Once the final application window is closed and/or allocation of funds is fully committed to qualifying businesses, it will not be possible to make any further grants and the scheme will be closed.

Applications can be made to only one of the grant programmes. 

Eligibility

All businesses must meet all of the following qualifying criteria to be eligible to make an application and be able to receive grant funding: 

  • be categorised as an SME as per the Government’s definition: The UK Government definition of SMEs encompasses micro (less than 10 employees and an annual turnover/balance sheet total under £1.7m or balance sheet), small (less than 50 employees and an annual turnover/balance sheet under £8.6m) and medium-sized (less than 250 employees and an annual turnover under £43.5m or balance sheet total under £37m) businesses
  • be fully operational (trading) at the time of application for at least 12 months (and can provide evidence of trading) 
  • have a UK based bank account that is in the name (or trading name) of the business applying for the funding
  • be operating from business premises for which there is a Business Rate liability (includes those eligible for Small Business Rate Relief)
  • meet the UK Subsidy Allowance Rules
  • based in the Wolverhampton City Council Local Authority area, you can check online which local authority your business postcode fits
  • be from any sector except for charities, those of a political or religious persuasion, or those with activities involving pornography or clairvoyance and any business activity that is illegal or deemed as unsuitable for public support in the opinion of Wolverhampton City Council. 

In addition, we will only fund businesses where there is demonstrable need for the proposed project and clear evidence provided by the business that future growth will result directly from the proposal

If the business is owned by another company or combination of other companies, please refer to the Governments Legislation Website. If you are a limited company, you will need to provide Companies House registration details. If you are a sole trader, you will need to provide evidence of self-employed status with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). If you are a partnership, you will need to provide a copy of your partnership agreement.

The West Midlands SME grant Programme

This Programme is open to small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from all sectors which are based within the Wolverhampton City Council local authority area.

It seeks to increase productivity by improving business confidence, stimulating business activity, attracting investment, and safeguarding existing & creating new jobs within local communities. In Wolverhampton grant funding between £1,000 to £100,000 may be offered for SMEs trading for more than2 years. So to apply for a minimum grant your project must cost at least £2,000.

This funding will be a capped figure which will be no more than 50% of the projects eligible costs. The remaining balance has to be matched by the business, and any grant secured will be paid by the Council in arrears and upon receipt of evidence from the business that costs were properly incurred.

There is a minimum item cost of £2000, and no more than 3 items can be included in a grant application. Eligible costs are ex VAT.

Please see the separate Grant Funding section for further information.

The grant funding will be used for the following activities: 

  • Capital investment, eg, new plant, machinery and equipment; Improving systems and processes; Innovation – including the development of new products including prototyping, testing and commercialisation;
  • Developing new markets opportunities;  eg website and CRM development
  • Promotional activities; eg attendance at major exhibitions, major marketing campaigns
  • Low carbon/energy efficiency/waste management; - will be considered if the Net Zero grant allocation is fully committed

It will be the City Councils decision as to whether a project is deemed to fall under one of these categories.

Grant Application process

To apply for a WMSME grant any applicant will be required to complete the following steps ….

Expression of Interest – this will be via an online form on the Council website; it will ask for baseline details of the business; details of the specific investment the applicant is looking to make, the total cost, the timeline for completion of the project or purchase; and an assurance that the applicant has the funds to cashflow the investment. 

Single Declaration Form (SDF) – this will be part completed by the Business Development Team and sent to the applicant to add in equality and diversity information, the level of subsidy received over the past 3 years, to agree to our privacy statement; and to then sign and return. Grants are subject to UK Subsidy Allowance rules and all applicants will be required to complete a Minimum Financial Assistance (MFA) declaration as part of the SDF.

Business Diagnostic (BD) – this will normally be completed via a TEAMs call; will cover details of the business history, operational structure and business activity, growth plans, barriers and challenges, and opportunities. This typically takes 1-2 hours of an applicants time to complete with support from one of the CWC Business Development Team

Financial Review  (FR) – all applicants must pass a financial review carried out by one of the CWC Business Development Team. The following are required for the Financial Review: the last 2 years management registered accounts, the latest management accounts - (P&L and Balance Sheet), and the last 60 days bank statements. *Please see the financial review section below for more information

12 month Cash Flow Forecast – you will be required to complete a 12 month cashflow forecast to show projected income and expenses over the next 12 months.

Procurement – applicants will be required to provide a detailed specification of the item they are looking to purchase so that we can advertise the opportunity on the Find it in the Black Country Portal for 10 days. We will also require applicants to source 3 like for like quotes using the specification supplied, and to then complete a High or low value Procurement form identifying the preferred supplier. All quotes are excluding VAT. *Please see the procurement section below for more information

Procurement Form (PF) – you will be required to complete a High or Low Value Procurement Form. On this you will be asked to detail and score the quotes, identify the preferred supplied, and confirm there is no conflict of interest with the suppliers.

Grant Application Form (GA) – once the stages and forms noted above have been completed satisfactorily the applicant will be supported to complete the grant application form. The full application will require a summary of the business proposal/business case – this will include information relating to an outline of the project (what the applicant wants to achieve); the business case and rationale for the project; the impact and outcomes of the project; project management details and project costs; sustainable development and equal opportunities details. This typically takes 2-3 hours of an applicants time to complete with support from one of the CWC Business Development Team.

Investment Panel – these take place on a fortnightly basis to:

  • Review the diagnostics to determine whether an application can go forward to the Grant stage
  • Review subsequent Grant Applications

Once the grant application is completed and signed it will be presented to the next available Panel. All forms must be completed and documents supplied at least 3 days before the Panel meetings. 

Award of Grant – If the Investment Panel approve a grant application the applicant will receive an email within 24 hours advising they can spend at risk. We would advise that you only place orders once you have received, signed and returned your grant offer letter - we will notify you when we have received the signed contract back.

Applications for grants are on a competitive basis, subject to availability of funds, and distributed at the discretion of the Council.

The West Midlands Net Zero Grant Programme

This Programme is open to small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from all sectors which are based within the Wolverhampton City Council local authority area.

It seeks to help businesses to reduce their environmental impact and to reduce rising energy costs. 

In Wolverhampton grant funding between £1,000 to £100,000 may be offered for SMEs trading for more than 2 years. This funding will be a capped figure which will be no more than 50% of the project's eligible costs. The remaining balance has to be matched by the business, and any grant secured will be paid by the Council in arrears and upon receipt of evidence from the business that costs were properly incurred. (Please see further guidance below).

There is a minimum item cost of £2000, and no more than 3 items can be included in a grant application. Eligible costs are ex VAT.

Once an Energy Assessment has been completed an Expression of Interest (EoI) can be submitted. The Energy Assessment should provide the rationale for the grant request made in the Expression of Interest. A member of the Council's Business Development Team will then contact you within 5 working days to request a copy of the Energy Assessment and complete a Business Diagnostic with you. The Grant Application can only be made for support related to the Energy Assessment.

Grant Application process

To apply for a Net Zero grant you will be required to complete the following steps:

Energy Assessment – applicants must undertake a free energy assessment prior to submission of an Expression of Interest and subsequent grant application. If your business has had an energy efficiency assessment from an assessor with appropriate knowledge and qualifications within the last 2 years, please contact business.development@wolverhampton.gov.uk and you will be able to submit and Expression of Interest when the grant window is open. If your business has yet to have an energy assessment one can be delivered free of charge through the region's decarbonisation programme, and will be undertaken by Pro Enviro on behalf of consortia lead, Aston University.

To register for your free Energy Assessment please visit businessgrowthwestmidlands.org.uk.

Expression of Interest (EoI) – this will be via an online form on the Council website; it will ask for baseline details of the business; details of the specific investment you are looking to make, the total cost, the timeline for completion of the project or purchase; and an assurance that you have the funds to cashflow the investment. The project for which you are looking for grant support must relate to one the recommendations in the Energy Assessment
Business Diagnostic (BD) – this will normally be completed via a TEAMs call; will cover details of the business history, operational structure and business activity, growth plans, barriers and challenges, and opportunities. This typically takes 1-2 hours of an applicants time to complete with support from one of the CWC Business Development Team.

Single Declaration Form (SDF) – this will be part completed by the Business Development Team and sent to you add in equality and diversity information, the level of state aid received over the past 3 years, to agree to pour privacy statement; and to then sign and return. Grants are subject to UK Subsidy Allowance rules and all applicants will be required to complete a Minimum Financial Assistance (MFA) declaration as part of the SDF.

Financial Review  (FR) – all applicants must pass a financial review carried out by one of the CWC Business Development Team. The following are required for the Financial Review: the last 2 years registered accounts, the latest management accounts - (P&L and Balance Sheet, and the last 60 days bank statements.

12 month Cash Flow Forecast – you will be required to complete a 12 month cashflow forecast to show projected income and expenses over the next 12 months.

Procurement – you will be required to provide a detailed specification of the item you are looking to purchase so that we can advertise the opportunity on the Find it in the Black Country Portal for 10 days. We will also require you to source 3 like for like quotes using the specification supplied, and to then complete a High or low value Procurement form identifying the preferred supplier. *Please see the procurement section below for more information

Procurement Form (PF) – you will be required to complete a High or Low Value Procurement Form. On this you will be asked detail and score the quotes, identify the preferred supplied, and confirm there is no conflict of interest with the suppliers.  

Grant Application Form (GA) – once you have satisfactorily completed the stages and forms noted above you will be supported to complete the grant form. The full application will require a summary of the applicant’s business proposal/business plan – this will include information relating to an outline of your project (what do you want to achieve); the business case and rationale for the project; the impact and outcomes of the project; project management details and project costs; sustainable development and equal opportunities details. The Energy Assessment will help support the completion of the Grant Application form.

Investment Panel – these take place on a fortnightly basis and once your grant application is completed and signed it will be presented to the next available Panel. All forms must be completed and documents supplied at least 3 days before the Panel meetings. 

Award of Grant – If the Investment Panel approve your application for grant funding you receive an email advising you can spend at risk. We would advise that you only place orders once you have received, signed and returned your grant offer letter - we will notify you when we have received the signed contract back.

Applications for grants are on a competitive basis, subject to availability of funds, and distributed at the discretion of the Council.

Grant Payment – SME & NZ grants

Within 3 days of the Panel meeting if your application has been approved you will receive your formal grant approval and conditions letter which you will need to sign and return. We would advise that you only place orders once you have received, signed and returned your grant offer letter – we will notify you when we have received the signed contract back. Please note that whilst the grant amount can decrease due to lower costs, it cannot be increased once confirmed, despite what the final cost amounts may be. Applicant’s preferred supplier(s) must be the one(s) that are used as the grant will be awarded on the basis of these suppliers. Any request to change suppliers once the grant has been awarded will need to be submitted to CWC in writing and be accompanied by the replacement quotation obtained from the new supplier. The request to change the supplier must be approved by CWC, in writing, prior to a new supplier being appointed.

Applicants will have three (3) months from the date that the grant is awarded (or by the 10th March 2025, whichever is the earlier) to complete their purchases, and complete and return a claim form to confirm the items that they have purchased and the costs which have been incurred. The claim form must be accompanied by copies of supplier(s) receipts, and bank statement(s) to evidence that the applicant has paid the supplier(s) in full, and an invoice for the grant amount Should the costs of the items purchased be of a lesser value to the value of grant funding awarded, the claim will be adjusted accordingly. Grants will only be paid against eligible expenditure that has been defrayed and can be evidenced via applicant bank statement.

The evidence of payment must be in the form of a copy of applicant business bank statement which shows payment to the supplier(s) after the date of the grant award. Please note that cash payments made to suppliers are not eligible for grant funding.

Grant payments will only be paid following verification of defrayed eligible expenditure and all other requirements met including any outcome evidence. The applicant will be required to submit an invoice to CWC for the grant amount.

UKSPF grant payments will be made by CWC, by BACS within a maximum of four weeks (20 working days) following confirmation of defrayal of approved expenditure – CWC reserves the right to extend this payment window.

No prior commitment to suppliers should be undertaken prior to grant award being confirmed. Any costs that have been committed to prior to the grant approval date will not be eligible for grant support.

Monitoring

Beneficiaries will be contacted following grant award to quantify: (1) the progress and impact of your project; and (2) the progress against the outputs and outcomes identified within your application.

You will be required to submit evidence of output/outcome generation, photographs and support a case study as proof your project has taken place as described.

Procurement

To ensure that all grant funding offers good value for money (VfM), the applicant will be required to provide a minimum of three (3) quotes.

The quotes must be no older than 2 months at the time of the grant panel date, and still be applicable.

If the required number of quotes cannot be identified, the applicant should provide sound justification to explain why this has not been possible – a form for details and signing would be provided to support this. 

Grants will only be approved for items with less than the required number of quotes in exceptional circumstances. 

Wherever possible, quotes should be sought from Wolverhampton based suppliers in the first instance.

Applicants are expected to progress the ‘best value quote’ which ensures deriving the best value on the market and applicants are expected to use the cheapest supplier for each project item. 

Where a more expensive supplier has been selected, the applicant should provide a sound justification to explain this decision on the Project Procurement Form.

CWC reserve the right to only pay grant to the level of the lowest priced supplier should sufficient justification not be provided.

A quote must be a written quote from a supplier. Quotes must be provided electronically to accompany the grant application.

Applications will not be processed, or grant offers made without the necessary number of quotes (or approved justification) for each item. 

All quotes must: (1) come from different, independent suppliers who are not linked to each other, or to the applicant business through shared ownership or control; and; (2) be sourced independently by the applicant or any Agents acting on the applicant’s behalf. A supplier cannot source quotes from other suppliers on the applicant’s behalf; and (3) be based on the same specification.

The minimum value for any single item of expenditure is £2000.

There should be no more than three (3) lines of expenditure identified.

Each quote should include the following details:

  • detailed and itemised breakdown of costs;
  • the supplier’s business name, address (including post code) and telephone number
  • the supplier’s company number, VAT number (if applicable), and website;
  • all quotes should be ‘like for like’. This means that they are comparable with each other in terms of quality, size, quantity, units, and specification for each item. Wherever possible, the items should be for the same specification
  • quotes must have been obtained within the last 2 months and still be valid; and; be addressed to the applicant business (containing the business name, business or project address, if different, and post code)

Applicants should ensure that there is no conflict of interest when selecting potential suppliers of goods and services. Conflict of interest refers to situations in which personal interest (which may include financial interests) may compromise, or have the appearance of, or potential for, compromising the selection of a supplier. Applicants will be provided with a form which they must complete and sign to confirm no conflict of interest.

Applicants should not undertake to make any prior commitments to suppliers prior to funding being awarded and confirmed. Any costs that have been committed to prior to the date of grant approval and award will not be eligible for grant support.

Applicants must only identify their preferred supplier which should be the supplier the applicant intends to use. Should a grant award be made, no changes may be made to the preferred suppliers unless agreed in writing by the City Council first.

Financial Review

This is carried out to confirm the financial stability and viability of the applicant business. It is part of the due diligence process the City Council will go through for all business grant applications. You will be required to provide:

  • the last 2 years registered accounts
  • the latest management accounts (P&L and Balance Sheet)
  • Profit & Loss statement
  • the last 60 days bank statements
UKSPF Grants and taxation

Grant income received by a business is taxable therefore funding paid under these grant schemes will be subject to tax where applicable to the business.

Data Privacy

These schemes are funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (and CWC), which is provided to Local Authorities to support businesses as part of the Levelling Up agenda. The terms of the grant require CWC/intermediary to collect and process a range of personal data about the project’s beneficiaries. Further details about this data processing and applicant rights will be set out in the Privacy Notice.

Publicity

Branding and publicity play a key role in ensuring effective promotion and acknowledgement of the wider Levelling Up agenda and as part of that the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. 

We recommend that all grant beneficiaries conform to UKSPF branding and publicity, and can refer to the following guidance.

Where details of Fund activities are published on a website, a clear and prominent reference to the funding from the UKSPF is to be included as follows: ‘This project is [funded/part-funded] by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Press releases must include a clear and prominent reference to the UKSPF, in the main body of the press release as follows: ‘[This project/Name of project] has received £ [INSERT AMOUNT] from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund’. 

No party shall make or permit any of its employees, agents or advisors to make any press or any public announcement or divulge or communicate to any person, any of the terms of their Funding Agreement without the approval of CWC.

The Grant Recipient agrees to CWC and Government departments publishing information including the Grant Recipient’s name and amounts of grant funding in their respective official publications and websites.

Fixed and Major Assets

Where the proposal involves the purchase of major or fixed assets, the beneficiary must establish and maintain an inventory of all of the grant funded Assets (‘Inventory of the Fixed Assets and Major Assets’). For each of the assets, the inventory must show the following particulars:

  • date of acquisition;
  • description of each Asset;
  • price paid net of recoverable VAT;
  • location of the Asset;
  • serial or identification numbers;

This can be a Project Specific Asset Register or identified on the company’s Corporate Asset Register. 

"Major Asset" means an Asset which is not a Fixed Asset but has a value as at the date of the Funding Agreement (or date of acquisition if the acquisition is funded by the Grant) of at least £2,000.00. 

"Fixed Asset" means any asset that consists of land and/or buildings, plant, machinery or other thing that is, or is to be, fixed to any land and which is to be acquired, developed, enhanced, constructed and/or installed as part of the Project.

Additionally, the grant beneficiary must not dispose of any interest in any Asset without the prior written consent of CWC for a period of three years from grant award. If CWC agrees consent to the Disposal, such consent may be subject to satisfaction of certain preconditions. All Disposals must be for a consideration which is the best that can reasonably be obtained in the open market, on an arms-length basis, on normal market terms, at the time of such Disposal. Where the grant beneficiary disposes of any interest in any Asset without the prior written consent of CWC, then the proceeds of the Disposal (limited to the total amount paid by CWC to the grant beneficiary under their Funding Agreement) shall be immediately payable to CWC and may be recovered as a contractual debt if not paid within 20 working days of the date on which the proceeds of the disposal are received.

Fraud

CWC will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud – any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant payments may face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.

Applicant businesses will be expected to complete a declaration that confirms they have:

  • read and understood all documents about this scheme, including all information about eligibility
  • provided true, accurate and complete information to support the application;
  • understood that, by giving wrong or incomplete information, which is known to be misleading, the applicant may be committing a criminal offence and could face prosecution;
  • understood that the intermediary will investigate all applications where they suspect fraud
  • understand that an intermediary will check all the information the applicant provides and may ask for further details if necessary
  • agreed to repay any money that they receive that they are not entitled to

CWC may utilise due-diligence tools such as the Government’s Grant Management and Counter Fraud digital assurance tool, Spotlight to check pre‐payment and post‐payment compliance. Businesses must inform the intermediary of any changes in circumstances that might affect eligibility for grant payment(s). Failure to do this could lead to grant claw back.

Grant funding

Grants will be paid at the following rates, subject to offer letter: The minimum grant application value is £1,000. The maximum grant level is £100,000 (may be higher in exceptional circumstances).

This means a minimum project value of £2000 will apply.

Applicant businesses will be required to provide match-funding at least 50% of the project cost.

Match funding is the difference between the grant you are seeking and the remaining cost of your project. The source of the match funding cannot be from other public sector funding, asset finance or similar financial products involving a financial arrangement where an item is paid for in instalments. 

Ineligible Project Costs

The following are ineligible Project Costs that cannot be included as part of the grant:

  • Travel Expenses/Subsistence: Accommodation, Car parking, Company vehicles, Courier services, Flights, Food and drink, Mileage/Petrol/diesel or other fuel, Refreshments, Travel abroad
     
  • General Business Expenses: Costs associated with legal/statutory business compliance, Forwarding of post for a change of address as part of relocation, Ink/toner cartridges or printer ink, Internal employee wages/time, Monthly bills/annual charges (i.e., telephone, internet, utilities, servicing of equipment, etc)
     
  • Newspapers/journals: Printing of current promotional material, Postage of current promotional material, Service/maintenance charges on office equipment, Stock items, Subscriptions to magazines, etc. 
     
  • Property Expenses: Conversion of a building into offices or commercial/residential accommodation for rental purposes (including short term lets), Planning permission/building regulation fees, Rent & rates for current or new premises, Rent deposit on new premises, Service charges
     
  • Professional Fees: Accountancy fees, Coaching and mentoring, Consultancy fees relating to completing the application, Recruitment, Training (excluding training on a new piece of equipment purchased as part of a project), Writing of a generic business plan/generic marketing strategy, etc.

This list is not exhaustive and may be subject to amendments. What is ineligible is at the discretion of the Council/is for the decision of the Council.

Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance

You’re allowed up to £315,000 (subject to exchange rates) in Small Amounts of Financial Assistance over any rolling period of 3 financial years. For more information please visit UK subsidy control regime.

Any aid awarded to you under the WMGP will have to be declared if you apply, or have applied, for any other public funding. Therefore, if successful, the offer letter must be retained and shown to any other public body to which you apply for funding for the three years following the offer. False declarations will lead to the recovery of the value of the assistance provided plus interest. Note that where a business is part of a group, the £315,000 limit applies to the group as a whole for public sector support within the United Kingdom. The grant is provided in accordance with the Subsidy Control Act and that the grant terms may vary depending on any requirement for the Council to comply with this act.

Submit your evidence

Those businesses that that have completed the grant application process and had their grant application approved can submit the appropriate evidence via the links below.

Net Zero Grant

SME Grant

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