Other sources of funding and support

The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

The 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme provides funds to help local areas stimulate growth. The funds support investment in innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs. 

Boost Finance

There is a wide range of support programmes available to help growing Lancashire businesses succeed. Visit the Boost website

Lancashire Business Growth Fund

Lancashire Chamber of Commerce has competitively secured £8 million from Round 6 of the Regional Growth Fund to stimulate enterprise across the County by providing grants and International Trade support to businesses with the potential for economic growth. Visit the Growth Lancashire website

Rural community energy fund

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF), is a £15 million programme, jointly funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (DBEIS). It supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community. Rural community energy fund

Tesco Bags fund

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK. The projects must meet the criteria of promoting community participation in the development and use of outdoor spaces. Tesco bags fund

Walney Extension Community Fund

In October 2015 DONG Energy decided to construct an extension to the operational Walney offshore wind farm. The extension will be located in the Irish Sea, around 19km WSW off the Walney Island coast in Cumbria. DONG Energy has committed to a Fund worth approximately £600,000 a year for the lifetime of the Project. Walney extension community fund

Woodland Carbon Fund

The Woodland Carbon Fund is a simple, demand-led grant scheme to boost the rate of woodland creation and to visibly demonstrate how, by taking a natural capital approach, woodland creation can help to meet government’s future carbon targets alongside delivering other benefits. Woodland carbon fund