Funding Opportunities

From start up loans, to financial support for training, growth and capital grants, get access to the latest funding opportunities across Lancashire for you and your business.

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Making Carbon Work Project (MACAW)
Project MaCaW is an academic/industry collaboration designed to assist Lancashire SMEs to overcome the challenges and barriers in moving towards a low carbon economic model. This project aims to engage Lancashire SMEs in implementing low energy practices and processes to reduce their carbon burden, as well as making cost savings to their organisation.
£ - £Support + Grant

Who is it for?

To benefit from the MaCaW project your business must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Located in the Lancashire region
  • Trade business to business (B2B)
  • Employ 250 employees or less
  • Have either an annual turnover that is equal to or less than 50million Euros or a balance sheet total that is equal to or less than 43million Euros

What will this involve?

MaCaW will help SMEs across Lancashire to identify opportunities to improve their organisations energy performance, reduce energy wastage and obtain related economic and environmental benefits. The project will promote partnership and cooperative working.

The MaCaW project will work with SMEs across sectors to identify and prioritise these opportunities. This will be achieved through implementation of energy efficiency measures (energy plans), investment in low carbon technology and diversification of resources into low carbon goods. In Integrating Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) with the Green House Gas Protocol, we will assist organisations to manage and report their emissions effectively. This will assist Lancashire to reduce its overall carbon emissions and contribute to the UK carbon target..

How will it benefit my business?

The MaCaW project will:

  • For eligible SMEs a 50% match funded grant for the purchase of low-carbon technology is available - value up to £8k (grant)
  • Increase energy efficiency within SME organisations and thereby reduce CO2e emissions
  • Identify potential areas where low carbon technology can be installed to reduce CO2e emissions
  • Identify opportunities for product diversification into low carbon products
  • Support re-engineering of productive processes reducing carbon burden
  • Reduce Lancashire SMEs’ carbon footprint

Contact Details


Phone: +44 (0)1772 894256

Access to Employment
Supporting unemployed adults into work, apprenticeships or further training via bespoke support and training packages.
£Support - £Programme

AtoE is also helping Lancashire businesses to recruit employees or apprentices keen to develop the right skills to support objectives and help achieve growth as well as providing pre-employment training.

Chamber Low Carbon
This £2m European funded programme is committed to the provision of a FREE suite of services aimed to help businesses improve energy and environmental efficiencies, introduce on site renewable energy generation and save money.
£Support - £Programme

The Chamber are also here to help you if you are developing a new piece of low carbon technology and want to get it into the market, see it manufactured locally or find your dream customer.

Every business signing up to the project is entitled to free support in environmental and energy saving good practice and help financing low carbon technology adoption, which will be delivered via a suite of masterclasses and 1-2-1 bespoke support.

So whether you're looking to reduce your energy bills / green house emissions / water usage / waste produced, improve efficiency, install solar / wind / other energy generation on site, use CSR to access new markets or looking to bring a low carbon product to market - this fund is for you!

Albert Hunt Trust - Hospice Grants 2018
The aim of this grant programme is to inspire and fund hospice projects that will make a tangible difference to adults, children and young people and their families living and dying with conditions other than cancer.
£TBC - £30,000.00

To underpin the programme aims, the fund is looking to support projects which reduce the barriers and blocks to hospice care and enable care for:

  • elderly people (80+ years) living and dying with conditions others than cancer
  • children or young people living with life limiting conditions others than cancer.

The grants will enable hospices to initiate or build on a hospice enabled approach to supporting people and their families living and dying with conditions other than cancer. This can be through a number of ways:

  • Putting into practice the recommendations or findings from local scoping exercise
  • Piloting a new project based on a robust needs assessment
  • Adapting existing activities where, through the investment of additional resources, greater impact can be achieved through adoption of new roles and approaches.
  • Responding to national policy or research evidence.

HospiceUK Research Small Grants Programme
The ‘Research Small Grants’ programme supports hospices to engage with, generate and lead the development of hospice and palliative care research.
£TBC - £500.00

Research Small Grants of up to £500 per study over the time line of the research are available for the following:

  • - Dissemination of knowledge through open access publications in a peer reviewed journal or proceedings
  • - Practical research analysis (e.g. computer assisted qualitative data analysis programmes and transcribing costs).
  • - Patient and public involvement forums or costs which are part of the research design.

The lead applicant must be employed by a full member of Hospice UK based in the UK, this includes:

  • Adult hospices
  • Children’s hospices

Where a research study is a partnership between a number of organisations, one hospice must be the nominated lead in the grant application. 

NGS Bursaries
Bursaries are focused on courses and conferences that will have a direct benefit to patient care.
£TBC - £1,500.00

The aim of the NGS bursaries is to improve the quality of care given to the patients in need of hospice and palliative care, and to their families and carers.

Any hospice staff member, other than doctors can apply for funding.

Wolfson Bursaries - Care Home Staff
The Wolfson bursaries for Care Home staff aim to improve the quality of care given to patients, their carers and families.

Only nurses and healthcare assistants employed by care homes are eligible for funding under this programme.   

Individuals can apply for a maximum of 75% of course or module fees and conferences will have an agreed level of funding available but, grants will only be open to those who have a poster or oral presentation accepted at the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) and Palliative Care Congress (PCC).

Wolfson Bursaries - Hospice Staff
To improve the quality of care given to the patients in need of hospice and palliative care, and to their families and carers.

The programme aims to support the professional development of individual staff, significantly increasing their expertise in the work they do, rather than training or updating them in the basic skills needed for their role.

Grants can be used to cover fees for university accredited palliative care courses including degree, masters and PhD level programmes and modules from the same. Some palliative care conferences may also be included. 

Arts Council Arts Impact Fund
Repayable loan finance between £150,000 and £600,000 is available to arts organisations.
£150,000.00 - £600,000.00

The Fund works with arts organisations who can demonstrate they are sustainable, have great artistic ambition and have a positive impact on society.

Funding needs can vary.

Arts Council Developing your Creative Practice
Developing your Creative Practice is a new development fund designed to support independent creative practitioners to ensure excellence is thriving in the arts and culture sector.
£2,000.00 - £10,000.00

The fund is aimed at allowing creative practitioners the time and space to undertake ambitious research and development, helping to make a step-change in their practice. This fund opens quarterly.