Start-ups (1 year+), sole traders, micro and small (up to 50 employees) businesses in Kirklees can apply for grant funding of £1,500 - £5000 towards accessing specialist knowledge, technology and facilities to support early phase innovation activity. The amount awarded will cover half your costs, up to a maximum total project cost of £10,000.

The voucher must be used to part-fund an innovation project which requires the services of a specialist supplier (including a research consultant), and results in a new product or new/significantly enhanced process.

Terms and conditions apply.

How does it work?

Register your interest at business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk

Once you have registered your interest, a Growth Manager will make contact to understand your proposal in more detail, work with you in advance of your application, and will provide you wth a link to the application form.

You must obtain a quote for the full project cost from the specialist supplier that you wish to work with before you make an application. This should include the type of support being provided, the timescale for delivery and the total cost including VAT.

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis by the Kirklees Business, Economy & Growth Service. Successful applicants will be notified within 4 weeks and must sign a Funding Agreement.

No work for which a grant is sought should have started before you have received a fully signed Funding Agreement and have contracted with Kirklees Council.

You have 6 months to complete and pay for the project in full, and claim back 50% of the project costs from the council.

What does the voucher support?

  • Proof of market: market research/scoping projects/competitor analysis to test and identify gaps in the market
  • New product conceptualisation and development, including prototyping and testing
  • Process improvements, including exploring, adapting or adopting new (specialist) technology

Examples of the type of project outputs expected are:

  • Reports
  • Technical design drawings
  • Technical specifications
  • Technology roadmaps
  • Rough product or process prototypes
  • Results of specific analysis, including market research
  • Specialist soft/hardware adaptations

The innovation project must have clear potential for commercial impact, but is not expected to produce a finished, commercial product or a fully embedded new process as an output of this grant.

What if I'm not eligible?

Our Growth Mangers may be able to signpost you to other local, regional and national innovation support based on your business needs, including:

Register your interest

Check your eligibility in the scheme summary, contact the team at Business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk and tell us about your fantastic idea.

Funding and partnership

The Kirklees Innovation Voucher Scheme is part-funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, working in partnership with the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.

Working in partnership with Leeds City Region