Collaborate for Growth Grant
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Collaborate for Growth Grant

This scheme helps businesses take advantage of the efficiencies created by working collaboratively.

The aim of the scheme is to support the development of co-operative enterprises in South Ayrshire, which can create enhanced economic impact through collective working. All collaborative projects which can demonstrate increased sales revenues from outwith the South Ayrshire area, improve sector efficiency or increase local employment opportunities will be considered.

Eligible Groups and Projects

The grant will normally be restricted to constituted groups of three or more member companies. To evidence this a copy of your constitution should be submitted with the application form. For groups not currently constituted but who have the intention to do so, support and advice is available from Co-operative Development Scotland – www.cdscotland.co.uk

All projects must demonstrate through collaboration, how the group will access new customers and markets, increase their reach, and grow revenues.

Groups should be involved in activities which generate turnover from outwith South Ayrshire; i.e. manufacturing, exportable services (with a wider than local market) or tourism. Retail groups with projects aimed at attracting consumers from outwith the South Ayrshire area are also requested to apply for support.

Any funding under this scheme is discretionary and the Council reserves the right to vary eligibility in the light of specific circumstances. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate need and that payment of grant will achieve additionality to the project. Grants will be subject to South Ayrshire Council’s Standard Terms & Conditions.

What can we fund?

All collaborative projects which can demonstrate increased sales revenues from outwith South Ayrshire, improve sector efficiency or increase local employment opportunities will be considered.

Project objectives could include

  • E-commerce development
  • Co-operative development and training
  • Advertising and promotional campaigns aimed at customers outwith South Ayrshire
  • Consumer research projects
  • Design and development of a website
  • Trade events and exhibition attendance
  • Groups with a tourism project can apply for contribution towards successful Visit Scotland Growth Fund applications

To find out more or to receive an application pack please contact Rachel.McCallum@south-ayrshire.gov.uk
There are no deadlines for applications