The SFSY Connection and Innovation Vouchers Scheme offers Vouchers to encourage small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take-up faster digital connectivity and to further support SMEs to introduce transformational innovations to the business that can improve business performance through faster digital connections.
Actual connection costs between £1000 and £5000 (Voucher values would be between £500 and £2500) excluding VAT.
Actual innovation costs between £5000 and £24999 (Voucher values would be between £2500 and £12499.50) excluding VAT.
Eligibility criteria are available in the Quick Guide, and full eligibility criteria are contained in the Guidance for Applicants.
Voucher applications will assessed against the eligibility criteria and also on the suitability of the proposed solution, based on the applicant's current situation.
The vouchers are available to SMEs whose trading address falls into the Sheffield City Region.
The SFSY Connection & Innovation Voucher Scheme is time limited. The scheme stages and key dates are shown below.
The SFSY Connection & Innovation Voucher Scheme reserves the right to close the Scheme before 21st December 2018 and make any necessary amendments to the timescales in line with the programme budgetary requirements.
| Scheme launch
|| 6th February 2017
| Deadline for applications
|| 4th August 2018
| Contract with suppliers inplace at latest
|| 22nd September 2018
| Claims must be made by
|| 16th February 2018
| Scheme closes
|| 21st December 2018
| Claims completed/scheme close down
|| 29th March 2019
The application form is available for completion online, see below. Please note that applications need to be completed in one session as part-completed applications cannot be saved.
We strongly advise you to read the following documents and have the required information ready to hand before you start your application.
Connection Voucher Terms and Conditions - Applicant
Guidance for Applicants: Connection Vouchers
Connection Voucher Application: Information Needed to apply
ESIF National Procurement Requirements (ESIF-GN-1-001)
You will also need to be able to print the last page of your application, this is the declaration section which you will need to complete, sign and post to us, along with the supporting documents below.
Please note: Vouchers cannot be issued retrospectively. Any costs incurred prior the issuing of a voucher are the responsibility of the SME.
When you are ready to submit your voucher claim form, print, complete and sign and post the following to us:
Please keep copies of your documents, SFSY do not accept responsibility for losses in the post.
The SFSY Connection and Innovation Voucher Scheme is supported by the Sheffield City Region European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), part of the European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) portfolio 2015 to 2020.
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