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Organisations in Lichfield and Burntwood urged to apply for share of £6million funding pot

Organisations across Lichfield and Burntwood are being urged to apply for a share of more than £6million of funding.

The money is being delivered across theGreater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) area and is split into two areas.

Around £2.8million is being aimed at funding the low carbon economy, while £3.4million is earmarked for promoting research and innovation. Organisation can apply for grants of up to £250,000.

Pat Hanlon, GBSLEP board director, said: “These funding packages will help local organisations to innovate, and also enable a wide range of providers to develop greater carbon efficiency.

“I would urge all organisations that could be eligible for the funding, to get in touch with GBSLEP for more information before the deadline passes.”

The low carbon funding is available to organisations looking to focus on:

  • Promoting the production and distribution of energy derived from renewable resources
  • Promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in enterprises
  • Supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure
  • Promoting low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, particularly urban areas
  • Promoting research and innovation in, and adoption of, low carbon technologies

The research and innovation funding covers:

  • Enhancing research and innovation infrastructure and capacities to develop research and innovation excellence
  • Promoting business investment in research and innovation
  • Developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector
  • Supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advance manufacturing capabilities and first production

Of the money available, £4.3 million is ring-fenced for organisations across Tamworth, Lichfield, Cannock and East Staffordshire, with the remaining £1.9million on offer in Birmingham, Solihull, Redditch, Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest.

Cllr Ian Pritchard, Cabinet member for economic growth at Lichfield District Council, said: “We really hope organisations across Lichfield will seize the opportunity to apply to this large pot of funding.

“Time is running out to apply, so do get your applications in.”

For more information email gbslep@solihull.gov.uk or visit the GBSLEP website..

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