Funds available to businesses for protecting the environment and resource efficiency

Worcestershire businesses have until 17 February to bid for just over £1.3m of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to help protect the environment and promote resource efficiency.

This funding will help to protect and restore biodiversity, soil and promote ecosystem services. The funds will also promote innovative technologies to improve environmental protection and resource efficiency in the waste sector, water sector and with regard to soil, or to reduce air pollution.

Applicants will be assessed in two stages of the application process, the outline and full application stages, with the deadline for the initial stage application being 17 February 2017.

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is part of the England 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme (ESIF) which launched in March 2015.

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “It is good news that this new ERDF funding is now available for organisations that are able to help protect the environment and promote resource efficiency in ways which benefit business growth.”

“I would encourage anyone interested and with some innovative proposals which advance Worcestershire’s environmental sustainability to apply for this funding before the 17 February 2017 deadline.”

For further information on European Structural and Investment Funds and to download the outline application form, visit and for a direct link, visit the website.

Information on all calls currently open are available via Twitter @WorcsLEP and Worcestershire Business Central can also provide support and business advice, which includes funding opportunities available within the County.