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Q: Who is eligible for the S4G programme?
A: Please see our eligibility guidance.
Q: How do I sign up?
A: Please register your interest and someone from the team will contact you directly to discuss in detail.
Q: What types of costs can I use a grant for?
A: Our Guidance for Applicants details all eligible and ineligible costs.
Q: Can I use my own or staff time (or other benefits in kind) to contribute to the 65% matched element of the grant?
A: Unfortunately you cannot use staff time to contribute to the matched element. Please see the Guidance for Applicants for more details of eligible costs.
Q: Can other public monies I have secured (InnovateUK, Research Councils, etc) be used to fund my project contribution?
A: No. A key reason for the existence of S4G programme is the encouragement of growth in the West of England economy through private sector investment. As a result, other public monies are not an eligible form of match funding.
Q: Does a grant under S4G affect de minimis State Aid?
A: S4G grants falls under a separate EU State Aid mechanism (General Block Exemption Regulation) and do not impact De Minimis.
Q: Can I use an S4G grant to part fund a capital expenditure project?
A: Land/building purchases are not eligible. Machinery and equipment are eligible in this grant programme. Other types of capital expenditure may also be eligible, please check before submitting a full grant application.
Q: What is the time frame for the due diligence checks and will I be liable for additional costs associated with the process?
A: The time frame is dependent on the type of business and grant size. There are no additional costs associated.
Q: What is the cash flow profile? Will there be an upfront payment and then quarterly reimbursement?
A: Payments are quarterly in arrears. Your quarterly report will include details of costs incurred and associated evidence.
Q: Is there anything I need to be aware of with regard to VAT?
A: If your company is VAT registered the S4G fund will reimburse up to 37.5% of the net amount you spend.
Workshops & 1 to 1 support
Q: Is there a cost for workshops and 1 to 1 support?
A: The workshops and 1:1 support are free of charge.
Q: Does other S4G support such as workshops, business diagnostics and 1-to-1 support affect de Minimis State Aid?
A: Yes. This type of S4G support falls under de minimis State Aid, an approved EU mechanism for State Aid.
The De Minimis Regulation allows small amounts of aid – less than €200,000 over 3 rolling years – to be given to an undertaking for a wide range of purposes. If you use this mechanism, you don’t need to notify or get approval, but records of aid granted must be kept and all the rules of the De Minimis Regulation must be followed. The State Aid Manual gives more detail and standard text for communications: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/state-aid