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New Round of Regional Growth Fund now open

PUBLISHED: 09:35 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:10 26 February 2013

The Government has just announced the launch of a new round of its Regional Growth Fund worth £350m.

New Round of Regional Growth Fund now open

The Government has just announced the launch of a new round of its Regional Growth Fund worth 350m. The fund, which is designed to boost the growth of the private sector, is aimed at large-scale projects that have the potential to create new jobs.

The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) is a 2.6 billion fund operating across England from 2011 to 2016. It supports projects and programmes that lever private sector investment to create economic growth and sustainable employment.

The RGF is being made available to business to invest in projects such as capital investment, business development and training. Money is being offered for programmes that lever private sector investment and must attract private funding to match the public funding that the fund provides.

Private sector organisations are encouraged to bid for the fund either individually, or in partnership with other private or public sector organisations. Universities and charities are also invited to apply to bid for projects or programmes under the scheme.

So far the Government has made available 2.5bn in earlier rounds of the fund. Previous bids have attracted up to 14.5bn of private funding, and have created and protected up to 600,000 jobs.

Round 4 of the fund will provide a mixture of direct support for private sector investments and private public partnerships in the form of grants, loans and loan guarantees. To qualify for the fund, bids need to show that project plans are already in place and that they will create new jobs. Bids need to be a minimum of 1m. Deadline for applications is 20 March 2013. Successful bidders will be required to make use of RGF funding by 31 March 2016.

For more information about RGF and for advice on the application process please visit www.gov.uk


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