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Eco-I North West: Capital Grant Scheme

Supporting enterprises drive forward with clean and sustainable research, development and innovation

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Enabling eco-innovation in business

The Eco-I North West Capital Grant Scheme helps support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the progression of business innovation, along the technology readiness levels and the adoption of new technologies, which aid the transition to a low carbon economy. This match-style funding grant can purchase new equipment or technology and its installation, but will not support running or maintenance costs.

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Capital grant applications are now closed, thank you for your interest

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The scheme supports the progression of business innovation along the technology readiness levels and the adoption of new technologies. This “simple to apply for” grant can purchase equipment for the creation of components parts of complex systems. It allows the construction of prototypes in a laboratory or for simulated interfaces to existing systems as well as of pilot lines, when necessary for industrial research and notably for generic technology validation. The grant can include the purchase of equipment or technology and its installation, but will not support running or maintenance costs.

In your application form you will be asked to describe the ambition of your project, outline the changes the grant could deliver for your business, the investment that will be made and to quantify the benefits it will deliver to your business and to the environment. ERDF is “funding of last resort” so you will need to show what you can achieve with this funding which was not otherwise possible.

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The total value of the project proposed must be no less than £5,000 and no greater than £24,999. Grants are awarded on a 50% match basis for businesses based in Cheshire & Warrington, Greater Manchester and the Halton district of Liverpool City Region. Grants are awarded on a 60% match basis for businesses based in Lancashire, Cumbria and the majority Liverpool City Region. Please get in touch to confirm your eligibility and match rate. Successful businesses will need to cash flow the full cost and demonstrate funding for the remaining 40% or 50% of cost is available.

If the applying enterprise is VAT registered the costs to be considered will be exclusive of VAT. If the enterprise is not vat registered then the project costs may include the vat.

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The grants will only support projects which will be fully completed and fully paid for before the end of March 2023. It is expected that in most cases there will be a single payment of grant. If a project has a staged procurement and installation this will need to be clearly set out in the application but full and final installation must be before March 2023.


Eligibility criteria

This programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and available to businesses which are eligible under these criteria.

Eligible businesses

The grant is open to Small to Medium Sized Enterprises only (SMEs) based in the North West of England.


North West of England includes the counties and metropolitan areas of East and West Cheshire and Warrington, Cumbria, Lancashire including Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool, Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region.

Company size

Fewer than 250 employees

Company information

A turnover of up to €50 million or a balance sheet total of up to €43 million

Where businesses are part owned by or have ownership of another enterprise the wider details of the group may need to be considered and full details are available in the user guide of the SME Definition. Learn more about turnover.

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Application process

This is a competitive process. The information submitted will be reviewed and scored by a panel to assess the suitability and risks associated with your plans.

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Before applying please read the Eco-I NW Capital Grant Guidance Notes carefully.

You will need download and complete a Capital Grants Eligibility Form and Capital Grants Application Form

  • 2 years Financial accounts, if you are a new business, a Business Plan for 2 years
  • 3 Written quotations per item of expenditure

If this is a buildings-related project we will need:

  • Planning permission approval (if required)
  • Lease agreement (if relevant)

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Get in touch

For further information about the Eco-I North West Capital Grant Scheme, Application or Eligibility Forms please email and one of the team will contact you as soon as possible.