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The University of Glamorgan's Dark Sky Wales astronomy educational resource is one of the new businesses created with support from the Coalfields Social Enterprise Grant Scheme since its inception The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has developed a pounds 1.8m fund for social enterprise after successfully bidding for pounds 900,000 from the European Regional Development Fund.
The Coalfields Social Enterprise Grant Scheme is jointly funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is overseeing investment into the creation of 20 social enterprises and 20 jobs in the former coalfields within the convergence areas of Wales over the next two years.
A WARWICKSHIRE entrepreneur is urging rural businesses to make the most of the Rural Enterprise Grant scheme after her company benefitted from investment that will help it nearly double its turnover in 2010.
Qualifying businesses may attract support from either the Regional Enterprise Grant Scheme or Regional Selective Assistance.
Your business may also be eligible for the Enterprise Grant Scheme (EGS).This scheme is open to SMEs in the Assisted Areas and other specified areas of England.
It has recently won funding for arguably one of its most important initiatives, the Coalfields Social Enterprise Grant Scheme, which will see almost pounds 2m ploughed into the creation of 20 new social enterprises and 40 new jobs over the next two to three years in the former coalfields in the Convergence areas of Wales.
The Enterprise Grant scheme has now ended, but has been replaced by the SFI ( Selective Finance for Investment, which SMEs can now access.
Wales Rural Affairs Minister Carwyn Jones said the farm improvement and enterprise grant schemes had been a huge success, with over pounds 22.8m going to about 1,730 projects around Wales.

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