This year, the Growth Accelerator allocated over 2.9 million euros to SMEs in Gelderland to accelerate the realization of growth plans. Thanks to the province of Gelderland a wonderful impulse, especially at this time. The enormous interest from entrepreneurs has led to the current available budget for vouchers being exhausted with the current applications.
As of September, the vouchers contribution to the consultancy costs was temporarily increased as extra support for entrepreneurs with growth plans in these difficult times. This has led to many additional applications. We handle current voucher applications within budget. Growth plans that are still in the intake phase can be allowed to start a voucher application if there is room in the budget, based on first come first serve after intake and assessment of the growth plan.
Entrepreneurs can currently submit growth plans for an advisory meeting and help in finding the right expertise and support in finding funding. Therefore, they cannot start a voucher application right now. There is a possibility to start an application for a De Groeiversneller loan.
We are now preparing for 2021. We will make some adjustments at the beginning of the year and after that we will be able to start applying for vouchers again. Follow our website for more information.