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Carlisle City Council is providing local businesses with free access to its local business support and grant portal provided by Open4Business. This is tailored for the Carlisle area and includes local, regional and national schemes.

Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.


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National Composites Centre - SME Boost Programme

01 July 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding is available to small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK to help them develop composites products.

Fund Information

Funding body:
National Composites Centre
Maximum value:
£ 25,000
Application deadline:
None specified


The National Composites Centre (NCC) is providing and administering the SME Boost Programme.

Objectives of Fund

The purpose of the programme is to make innovative composites research and development as straightforward as possible for the UK's smaller companies, supporting activities such as feasibility studies to see how composites can help improve an idea, or upscaling an existing product to meet future requirements.

Value Notes

Match funding of up to £25,000 is available through the programme.

Programme participants also receive access to the NCC's knowledge network.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants must provide match funding to the value of the grant they are applying for, to a maximum of £25,000.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be accepted from small and medium-sized businesses based in the UK.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Equipment for 'business as usual' jobs.
  • Loaning out tooling/equipment for 'business as usual' jobs.
  • Bid writing/support.
  • Meeting room bookings.

Eligible Expenditure

Examples of suitable project themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Upscaling - a new/existing composite product challenged by future rate requirements.
  • Feasibility study - a new or existing product which could be enhanced using composite materials.
  • Prototyping - design, build and test of new or existing composite products.
  • Sustainability assessments - reviewing the environmental impact of new or existing composite products.


United Kingdom

How To Apply

Support may be accessed at any time.

The Expression of Interest form can be found at the NCC website.

Useful documents & links

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    National Composites Centre
    Email: [email protected]


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