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Growth Support Kickstart Grant Scheme

The Growth Support Kickstart Scheme was open for applications between 21 September at 12 noon and closed at 6.00pm on 22 September 2020.

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The Growth Support Kickstart Grants have been designed to support organisations to recover from the impacts of COVID 19. The scheme is 100% funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The grant scheme is open to enterprises who meet specific eligibility criteria to receive European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

We hope that all information we have made available has allowed you to check all information in advance of submitting this application, but just in case please check that organisation is eligible to apply.

There are some sectors who cannot apply if your enterprise operates in the following sector(s) you cannot apply for Funding:

  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Processing and marketing of agricultural products
  • Shipbuilding
  • Schools/school age educational establishments
  • Insurance companies
  • Primary production, Coal or steel, Synthetic Fibres
  • Banking

For all other sectors your business must be in one of the following geographical areas:

  • Devon
  • Plymouth
  • Somerset
  • Torbay

If you are not sure please visit https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council/ This tool will allow for you to confirm that you are eligible to receive funding using the location of your local council.

  • Your enterprise must be classified as a small medium enterprise (SME). You must employ fewer than 250 employees.
  • Your annual turnover must be less than €50 Million or your balance sheet total must be less than €43 Million.
  • Your enterprise must be less than 25% owned by another company or combination of companies.
  • Your enterprise must not have received more than €200,000 in State Aid in the last three years.
  • If your enterprise operates in the Tourism Sector your enterprise must be classified in one of the below Standard Industry Classification (SIC) codes.
SICDescriptionTourism Sector
49.1Passenger rail transport, interurbanRailway passenger transport services
49.32Taxi operationRoad passenger transport services
49.39Other passenger land transport N.E.C.Road passenger transport services
50.1Sea and costal passenger water transportWater passenger transport services
50.3Inland passenger water transportWater passenger transport services
51.1Passenger air transportAir passenger transport services
55.1AccommodationAccommodation services for visitors
55.2AccommodationAccommodation services for visitors
55.3AccommodationAccommodation services for visitors
55.9AccommodationAccommodation services for visitors
56.1Food and beverage service activitiesFood and beverage serving activities
56.21Food and beverage service activitiesFood and beverage serving activities
56.29Food and beverage service activitiesFood and beverage serving activities
56.3Food and beverage service activitiesFood and beverage serving activities
68.2Renting and operating of own or leased real estateExhibitions & Conferences etc
77.11Renting and leasing of cars and light motor vehiclesTransport equipment rental services
77.21Renting and leasing of recreational and sports goodsSport and recreation activities
77.34Renting and leasing of water transport equipmentTransport equipment rental services
77.35Renting and leasing of air transport equipmentTransport equipment rental services
79.11Travel agency and tour operator activitiesTravel agencies & other reservation services
79.12Travel agency and tour operator activitiesTravel agencies & other reservation services
79.9Other reservation service and related activitiesTravel agencies & other reservation services
82.3Organisation of conventions and trade showsExhibitions & Conferences etc
90.01Performing artsCultural activities
90.02Support activities to performing artsCultural activities
90.03Artistic creationCultural activities
90.04Operation of arts facilitiesCultural activities
91.02Museum activitiesCultural activities
91.03Operation of historical sites and buildings and similar visitor attractionsCultural activities
91.04Botanical and zoological gardens and nature reserve activitiesCultural activities
92Gambling and betting activitiesSport and recreation activities
93.11Operation of sports facilitiesSport and recreation activities
93.19Other sports activitiesSport and recreation activities
93.21Activities of amusement parks and theme parksSport and recreation activities
93.29Other amusement and recreation activitiesSport and recreation activities
  • If your enterprise is registered with HMRC only and you operate as a Self Employed / Sole Trader, you can still apply if your business activity identifies with the above.

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