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Kent and Medway Councils Pledge £600,000 Boost for Local Innovation

Kent and Medway Councils have announced a collaborative initiative to encourage and support innovation within the region. The funding scheme offers grants of up to £600,000 to individuals, businesses, and community groups with transformative ideas or projects.

The councils are seeking applications from innovators working in a wide range of fields including innovative ideas to sustainably improve operations within the fresh produce, food and drink supply chain. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate how their innovation could generate positive economic or social impact.

Dr Nikki Harrison, Director for Growing Kent & Medway, explained: “The South East is fast becoming the leading region for food innovation in the UK. This is a testament to the remarkable achievements and ambitions of our horticultural growers, and food and drink businesses.”

Cllr Roger Truelove, Leader of Kent County Council, commented: "Kent and Medway have a proud heritage of innovation, and we want to tap into that spirit to help build a stronger future for our residents. This funding will provide crucial support to ideas that have the potential to improve lives and boost our local economy."

The funding program is part of a wider strategy from the councils to support growth within the region, aiming to establish Kent and Medway as thriving hubs for innovation and development across diverse sectors.

“This is an incredible opportunity for anyone with a big idea in their back pocket,” stated Cllr Alan Jarrett, Leader of Medway Council. "We’re looking for bold innovations that can bring meaningful change.”

How to Apply

  • Applicants must be based in the Kent or Medway areas.

  • Projects must demonstrate a clear and achievable plan for innovation.

  • The deadline for applications is 30th April 2024/

For more information and application forms, click here.


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