Funding & Grants
OxLEP Business offers funding and grant opportunities for social enterprise SMEs and SMEs looking to grow and innovate.
Our Grant rounds are now always ‘open’, and eligible businesses can apply at any time. We aim to review applications twice monthly, based on a cut-off date at midday on the first and third Fridays of the month. Applications received after that will be held and considered after the next cut-off date. We aim to let applicants know within 21 days of the cut-off date on whether or not their application has been successful. You will be advised as early as possible if there is likely to be a delay.
|Application submission deadline||Notification of outcome|
|15 May 2020, 12:00 midday||12 June 2020|
|5 June 2020, 12:00 midday||26 June 2020|
|19 June 2020, 12:00 midday||10 July 2020|
|3 July 2020, 12:00 midday||24 July 2020|
|17 July 2020, 12:00 midday||7 August 2020|
We offer grant workshops to help SMEs with the application process.
- 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.
Grant workshop dates
3 April 2020
|July 2020 TBC|
|October 2020 TBC|
|April 2021 TBC|
|July 2021 TBC|
ISfB Go-Create Grant
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 for innovation projects within tech and non-tech businesses.
We have grant funding available for Oxfordshire SMEs via our eScalate programme - specifically targeting scale-ups and Social Enterprises.
COVID-19 Business Resilience Fund:
In response to the unprecedented challenges that Oxfordshire’s small businesses are facing as a result of COVID-19, we are repurposing funding to create a business resilience fund, designed to support Oxfordshire businesses to survive and thrive.