As a not-for-profit organisation, The Food & Drink Forum accesses funding wherever possible to encourage growth within the food and drink sector. This funding does not only allow support to be provided to businesses at no cost / a reduced cost, but also enables investment in the sector by providing grant funding to support capital expenditure.
We access funds from a range of sources, and have helped to secure over £40 million in funding for the food and drink sector over the past 21 years, with £11 million being secured since 2016.
The funded projects we are running at present include:
Collaborate – allowing Leicester & Leicestershire food and drink businesses to access up to 12 hours of fully-funded food technical support, and providing access to grant funding to support the purchase of production machinery through Leicester City Council. These funds are accessed through ERDF (the European Regional Development Fund).
FEAST2 – allowing Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire food and drink manufacturers to access up to 25% in grant funding to support the purchase of production equipment, access up to 12 hours of fully-funded food technical or business mentoring support, and to attend fully-funded workshops on a number of key industry topics.
Previous funded projects:
FEAST – the FEAST project ran from 2016 – 2018 and during that time supported a large number of food and drink manufacturers across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and the South East Midlands. These funds were accessed through ERDF (the European Regional Development Fund) and provided eligible businesses with up to 12 hours of fully-funded technical support, grant funding to support the purchase of production machinery and fully-funded workshops.
Support for Derbyshire & the Peak District – a series of fully-funded workshops for food and drink businesses, along with visitor economy businesses based within Derbyshire and the Peak District. Eligible businesses could also access up to 12 hours of fully-funded food technical support. These funds were accessed through ERDF (the European Regional Development Fund).