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Match funding up to £18k – Department for International Trade Internationalisation Fund Grant

4 August, 2022

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has launched its new Internationalisation Fund for eligible businesses in England.

Looking to sell internationally?

Project size £2-18k and get 50% paid for.

Example project

  • Modify existing website / design a brand new website to include attracting an international audience
  • Marketing campaign (PR, SEO, Design)
  • Marketing Consultancy

Is your business eligible?

  • The company must be based in England
  • The company must be a small or medium sized enterprise (SME) with up to 250 employees
  • No more than 25% of the business is owned by an enterprise which is not a SME
  • Annual turnover does not exceed €50 million or annual balance sheet does not exceed €43 million

The fund is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Match-funded grants of between £1,000 and £9,000 will be available for future activity (subject to eligibility and availability).

The internationalisation fund is a 50/50 co-investment funding of £1,000-£9,000 (against expenditure of £2,000-£18,000) available to businesses who are looking to develop their exports. Broadly summarising applications can be submitted for support with market research, IP advice, translation services, international social media/search engine optimisation, market visits, tradeshows.

It can be used for website upgrades, PR, SEO, and sales collateral design and development (all with international development aims of course).

Please find a series of documents which can introduce you in more detail to the scheme and the activities which can be covered.

  • Overview
  • Eligibility guidance
  • Value for money policy


See also the flyer which gives a broader introduction the services from DIT. Each company’s journey and support from DIT can vary greatly, but broadly this could include:

  • One-to-one support with tailored export strategy development and implementation
  • Export Academy – our FREE programme of live and on-demand training on key export topics. This is ideal for companies new to exporting – see flyers re: Series 8 & OnDemand
  • Events – online webinars covering a wide range of topics from generic international business considerations to sector/country specific focus.
  • Support from our Overseas Network – who can provide detailed guidance on the local market, help further develop the strategic approach and facilitate in market introductions and.
  • Trade Missions – these are usually very sector/market specific – for example we are currently planning for a trade mission later this year focussed Israel and tech during which we’ll travel with a cohort of companies to help facilitate their growth in this region.

To secure a grant, you’ll need to fund a proportion of your costs yourself. This varies according to where your business is based and will be either 40 or 50% of the total cost.

The Fund is currently available throughout England except in London where applications have now closed.

If you are in Yorkshire, I can put you in touch with the relevant person at the DIT to take it further. Outside of yorkshire, contact your local DIT.

For more info contact me!

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