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Grants -ADELANTE INVERSION- for the Promotion of Investment and the improvement of Business Productivity in Castilla-La Mancha

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Ayudas - ADELANTE INVERSION- para el Fomento de la Inversión y la mejora de la Productividad Empresarial En Castilla-La Mancha
Policy objectives Plus
4.1. Direct funding to business R&D and innovation
Presentation of the measure:

The aim of the grants ADELANTE INVERSION is to encourage the creation of new companies and the consolidation of the business tissue of Castilla-La Mancha. To accomplish these objectives, the grants intend to support business, industrial or service investment projects promoted by SMEs and self-employed, which at the same time would stimulate the creation of employment in the region.  
The projects are expected to be aligned with the priorities identified in the RIS3 Castilla-La Mancha but not necessarily. In fact, the amount of the grant depends not only if the proposed activity belongs to a priority sector in the Strategy but also on the size of the company and in the location of the municipality where the initiative is developed. The municipalities situated in areas of Integrated Territorial Investment will receive more funds.
This measure funds the following projects: 
•    Creation of a new establishment; 
•    Expansion of the capacity;
•    Production diversification; 
•    Overall production process transformation; 
•    Do an investment between €5,000 and €900,000.

The eligible costs are the following: 
•    Land; 
•    Acquisition of buildings; 
•    Civil work; 
•    Planning and engineering works; 
•    Furniture and furnishings;
•    Machinery and equipment; 
•    ICT programmes. 

Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds
Regional public funds 400000012000001900000900000
EU Structural Funds 16000000480000076000003600000
Private funds
Form of funding provided
Policy learning
To what extent the measure can be considered as a success and worthy of policy learning?:
There has been a positive response by beneficiaries to the measure (e.g. over-subscribed in terms of requested versus available budget) but it is too early to judge results or impact
Evidence of outcomes based on evaluation and other evidence:

The grants target the main players of the Castilla-La Mancha tissue: SMEs and self-employed, which also are the ones that have more difficulties to implement innovation projects. The requirements are rather open so a lot of companies can apply for the grant and take into account the RIS3.

What are the most important “Do’s and Don’ts” that regional stakeholders should be aware of when launching a similar measure?:

It is important to be flexible in the requirements; although it would be good to establish a set of relevant priorities and lines of action that ensure a long-term impact in the productive tissue and the creation of employment. The measure is open to all sectors and the target companies are correctly selected for this type of grant, which is very good for gathering interest and raise innovation awareness. However, since SMEs and self-employed do not usually have extensive experience or expertise, it would be important to offer some kind of support during the elaboration of the projects.

Would you recommend this measure as an example of regional good practice to policy-makers from other regions ?:
Evaluation report(s)