Government Grants for CAD Training - Are you eligible?
Due to the current economic climate, many previously available Government Grant schemes unfortunately have been withdrawn or put on hold. However, there are still a couple of schemes that are worth mentioning.
Remember, if you decide to apply for any Grants for any Training or Consultancy Services supplied by MicroCAD, our grant specialist will be happy to help you put together the application and will be on hand at all stages to answer any questions or talk you through the process, through to completion.
Starting January 4th 2012
This is a national programme in ALL regions (excluding Wales & Scotland) and will be running for 3 years.
The eligibility criteria is you must manufacture – or have a clear link to manufacture, and be an SME.
The grant will cover training and consultancy, on and off site, although there are some guidelines relating to off site open scheduled training courses.
For the period January 2012 – April 2012 the grant will pay a maximum of £1000 grant, and from April 2012 until the end of the grant, the maximum grant funding will rise to £3000 per application.
Each company is able to make 3 applications per calendar year, the first application being at 50% funding, the second application being 40% funded, and the third application being 30% funded. This will reset at the start of each calendar year.
The Low Carbon Grant
Covering Essex, this grant has been awarded new funding and will continue for the foreseeable future. This grant is 40% funded, the sector does not matter, you must be a SME company, and the maximum grant payout is £40,000.
Software is allowed to go through on this grant, as is training, consultancy, implementation and hardware.
There is funding available for companies with up to 250 staff, this is match funded, and the grant rebate will be anywhere from £5000 - £12500 depending on the company size, amount of students and the reasons for the training.
Applications must be in before March 31st, and training completed before end of June.
Approvals for this grant is expected to be short, around 5 working days.