Round Two of Green Bridge now open for applications

The second round of bidding for funding from the £20m Green Bridge Supply Chain Programme (GBSCP) is now open.

In the first round of bidding with more than 50 applications worth in excess of £4.5 million received which are currently being assessed and further details of winning applications will be released in due course.

The Green Bridge Supply Chain Programme is the result of a successful bid by the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership to the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

Managed by Birmingham City Council, Green Bridge is available in the local enterprise partnership areas of Greater Birmingham & Solihull, Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire, The Marches, Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent and Worcestershire.

The £20 million fund, supported by the Regional Growth Fund, is designed to help SME supply chain companies develop, grow and diversify their businesses within the green sector in the West Midlands.

The scheme offers grant support of between £20,000 and £100,000 to companies that operate with the green sector or seeking to diversify or set up within this sector, such as renewable energy, low carbon, building technologies, manufacturing, transport and logistics.

Round 2 of the competition fund has now launched and will be open until 13th September 2013.

Steve Hollis, GBSLEP Deputy Chair, said: “Round two of Green Bridge provides another opportunities for businesses to apply for support through a programme which has already proven very successful.

“This fund is very much aimed at companies across the West Midlands involved in advanced engineering, aerospace, low carbon and renewable energies, electronics, building technologies and transport and logistics.

“What is different about the Green Bridge project is that it covers the entire West Midlands area so companies from Herefordshire to Warwickshire are eligible to apply.”