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Top Small Business Grants in the UK

Are you a start-up or small business searching for funding? Discover grants for different regions and industries to see what you are eligible for.

There are a number of finance options for businesses looking for funding, ranging from loans to investments, but grants are among the most sought after as they do not need to be paid back.

Small business grants are non-repayable sums of money that are normally given for a specific purpose or project, such as training, employment, expansion, research, property improvements, or to revitalise a local area. They can come from European, national, regional, and local sources, and are available for a range of industries.

Each small business grant comes with different guidelines and eligibility criteria, and many also have a fairly lengthy application process as competition for business funding is so high. To help SMEs find the grants that they are qualified for, we have compiled a comprehensive list of the options available. Starting with national grants across different industries, we then look at what’s on offer in each region so you can skip to the areas that are most relevant to your business.

The list is not exhaustive and there may be other small business grants available that are specific to your locality or industry. Furthermore, applications for some of these grants may close as others open, so businesses should also check for the most up-to-date funding options on their local business hub, government website, and with their own industry organisations.

UK

North of England

East of England and East Midlands

South of England

West of England

Scotland

Wales

Northern Ireland


UK

Construction & Manufacturing

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Grants

Eligible regions: UK

Sectors: Registered CITB businesses

Amount: Depends on training course costs

Details: Employers in the construction industry can apply for business funding to contribute towards the costs of training their employees. The scheme helps to make sure construction workers have the right skills and qualifications to perform their work to a high standard.

Manufacturing Growth Programme

Eligible regions: West Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber, parts of East Midlands, South East

Sectors: Manufacturing

Amount: Typically around 35% of eligible costs

Details: The exact eligibility criteria and funds available are likely to vary between regions, but on the whole this fund aims to facilitate growth and expansion among manufacturing SMEs. Businesses can receive advice and support in creating their plans for growth, with grants available to help fund their improvement projects.

Fit 4 Nuclear

Eligible regions: UK

Sectors: Manufacturing

Amount: N/A

Details: The Fit 4 Nuclear project was put in place to help manufacturers prepare and get the necessary skills to bid for work in the nuclear supply chain. It provides businesses with free advice and training to get them up to the standard needed to work in the nuclear industry.

Cultural

Architectural Heritage Fund

Eligible regions: UK

Sectors: Not for profit

Amount: Up to £15,000 (England, Scotland); Up to £7,500 (Northern Ireland, Wales)- all regions will consider applications requesting more on a Grants Panel

Details: This fund has a number of different grants available to organisations, with the aim of transforming the appearance of high streets and town centres, as well as stimulating the local economy. The exact aims and details of each grant will vary between home countries. Organisations can find grants to fund feasibility work into a project, and then receive further grants for developmental and larger project costs.

Arts Council England Funding

Eligible regions: England

Sectors: Individuals, Organisations, Museums, Libraries

Amount: £1,000-£100,000 (National Lottery); £750,000-£2,000,000 to cover up to 75% of costs (Creative People and Places)

Details: Cultural organisations may be able to receive funding from one of these sources, especially if they can demonstrate how their planned project aligns with Arts Council England’s goals. These goals are based around accessibility, sustainability, diversity, skills, and excellence, with a range of bodies and projects eligible for funding.

Creative Europe

Eligible regions: UK, Europe

Sectors: Creative, Cultural, media

Amount: Varies

Details: Creative Europe helps the creative, cultural, and audiovisual sectors by offering advice, information, and both financial and non-financial support. It has a number of programmes that organisations across different areas of this industry can apply for.

Events & Tradeshows

Business Events Growth Programme

Eligible regions: UK

Sectors: Event organisers etc. in priority sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace, Automotive, Bioeconomy, Consumer, Creative, Education, Energy, Engineering, Financial Services, Food & Drink, Health & Life Sciences, Infrastructure, Marine, Sport, Smart Cities, Technology

Amount: Up to £20,000 per event

Details: This source of funding aims to promote and support business events in a number of ways. Businesses can apply for grants for Bid Enhancement and Support (to help win new international business events for the UK) and International Delegate Growth (to support the growth of existing events). The primary target of this grant is to promote business event tourism in the UK, and it is hoped that the funding will increase the number and profile of the international business events that take place.

Tradeshow Access Programme

Eligible regions: UK

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: £500-£2,500

Details: This programme helps UK SMEs to attend certain, specified overseas trade shows, funding some of the costs that would be incurred from exhibiting. Business can receive support and mentoring, both before and during the trade show.

Facilities

Broadband Voucher Scheme

Eligible regions: UK (specific postcodes depending on broadband speed)

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to £2,500 (Gigabit); Up to £3,500 (Rural)

Details: SMEs without access to gigabit-capable internet connections can apply for a broadband voucher, or a rural voucher if they are in certain locations. SMEs in Wales may also be eligible for additional funding from the Welsh Government. Group projects between businesses and between businesses and residents in the local area are encouraged.

Business Recovery Grant

Eligible regions: UK- affected regions (including Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, parts of Yorkshire)

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to £2,500

Details: Businesses that have been affected by flooding may be eligible for a grant to help them get back on track.

Plug-in Car and Van Grants

Eligible regions: UK

Sectors: Any

Amount: Up to £3,500 to cover up to 35% of purchase price

Details: Thanks to this grant, businesses can receive a discount when buying specified models of new, low-emission vehicles. To get the benefit of this grant, businesses don’t need to apply for anything as dealers include the value of the grant in the vehicle’s price.

Recruiting

Access to Work

Eligible regions: UK

Sectors: Any

Amount: Depends on needs

Details: Businesses can receive extra funding to help with any costs needed to improve the accessibility of the workplace for employees with a disability. The funding can help employers implement necessary changes, including specialist equipment, changed working hours, additional support, and training, among other adaptations to make the workplace more accommodating.

Internship Funding

Eligible regions: UK

Sectors: Any

Amount: Varies

Details: There are a range of business funding options that can help organisations provide one or more internships. Many of these are linked to a university, whether they have created their own scheme to assist their students/graduates, or have partnered with another organisation such as Santander to enable individuals to do some paid work with an SME.

Science and Research

Innovation Competitions

Eligible regions: UK

Sectors: Varies

Amount: Varies

Details: Innovate UK runs numerous competitions that can help businesses access funding. They are updated regularly, with new opportunities opening as others close, and cover many different sectors so there may be one that applies to your business.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)

Eligible regions: UK

Sectors: Any (in partnership with academic/research organisation and qualified graduate)

Amount: Up to 67% of project cost (SMEs) and up to 50% (large). Total costs can range between £75,000 and £90,000 per project year.

Details: A Knowledge Transfer Partnership is a 3-way collaboration to help SMEs get the specialist skills and expertise they need to fulfil an innovative project and bring about change. The grant contributes to the costs of hiring a suitably qualified graduate, but the scheme also gives the business access to specialist resources, expert input and consultancy, and a range of support from the wider network.

Boost4Health

Eligible regions: Greater Manchester, Kent

Sectors: Life Sciences e.g. Biotechnology, Medical Technology, e-health, Pharmaceuticals, Health Nutrition

Amount: Up to €3,000 (market access voucher); Up to €5,000 (product validation voucher); Reimburse travel costs up to €500 (travel voucher)

Details: These vouchers can help businesses to explore and take advantage of international opportunities, as the programme collaborates with other providers in regions across Europe. For example, businesses can receive funding for investigating potential new markets, technical advice, prototyping, validation, scaling-up, and for reimbursing travel costs from an international visit.

CRACK IT Challenges

Eligible regions: Any EU body

Sectors: Single organisations or from consortia, Bioscience, Research

Amount: Up to £100,000 (single phase up to 1 year); £100,000-£1,000,000 (two phase up to 3 years)

Details: CRACK IT offers funding to collaborations between the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, academics, and SMEs for projects that will promote NC3R’s principles of improving animal welfare and conducting more humane research (i.e. reducing the use of animals in research experiments). Any group that can deliver an improved business process, new technologies, or products that solve any business or scientific challenges involving the use of animals may be eligible for funding.

European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST)

Eligible regions: UK

Sectors: Science, Technology, SMEs and other organisations

Amount: Varies

Details: This fund was established to help researchers set up networks that will enable them to tackle challenges, work on innovative ideas, and work with other organisations in other countries. Money from the fund can be used for the networking activities (not the research itself), such as training schools, conferences, travel, and more.

Charity & Social Enterprise

Unltd Social Enterprise Funding

Eligible regions: UK

Sectors: Social ventures/entrepreneurs

Amount: £500-£15,000, depending on programme

Details: Unltd offers a number of different funds to help social entrepreneurs start up and scale up their operations. They have Try It awards which enable individuals to test their ideas; Do It awards help with starting up costs; and Grow It awards which help entrepreneurs to expand and build up their business model. There are three focus areas where Unltd want to make significant changes- access to employment, developing resilient communities, an ageing society- so applicants that work to solve these social issues will be prioritised.

Power to Change Programmes

Eligible regions: UK

Sectors: Community Businesses, Social Enterprises, Charities

Amount: Up to £2,500 feasibility costs and combined loan/grant package of up to £100,000 (More Than a Pub); Up to £10,000 development grant (Community Shares Booster Programme); Up to £6,000 match funding (Community Business Crowdmatch)

Details: These programmes aim to support community enterprises that make a positive difference to the local area, both ones that are starting up and those looking to grow and become more sustainable. The programmes also offer expert support and advice alongside the grant funding.

The National Lottery Community Fund

Eligible regions: UK

Sectors: Community, Charity, Not-for-profit, Voluntary

Amount: Varies

Details: The Community Fund aims to bring a positive impact to local communities, by building strong relationships, bringing people together, improving spaces in the local area, and supporting people as they reach their potential. It contains many types of funds, including smaller ones between £300 and £10,000 and larger ones up to £500,000 and even £1,000,000 and organisations can use the money for capital projects, equipment, one-off events, staff, training, volunteer expenses, utilities, and more.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Eligible regions: UK

Sectors: Charities, Not-for-profit

Amount: £2,000-£7,500 to cover up to 50% of costs (Small Grants Programme for SMEs with annual income under £250,000); £7,500-£20,000 or up to £60,000 for one-off capital costs (Major Grants Programme for SMEs with annual income under £500,000)

Details: Organisations can receive a grant from Trusthouse to help with running costs or one-off capital costs for projects that will help solve either rural issues or urban deprivation. Within these two main areas, they will particularly be looking out for projects that are involved in either community support or arts, education and heritage.

Land

LEADER Programme

Eligible regions: UK

Sectors: Rural, Agricultural

Amount: Varies

Details: The LEADER programme is delivered by Local Action Groups (LAG) to try to stimulate and improve the local, rural economy. Some of the areas the programme particularly prioritises are farm diversification, support for micro and small businesses, farm and forestry productivity, rural tourism and services, and cultural and heritage activities.

RDPE Growth Programme

Eligible regions: England (may be equivalent funding opportunities in other home nations)

Sectors: Rural businesses, Rural Tourism, Food Processing, Farmers

Amount: Minimum £20,000

Details: Rural organisations can apply for three different RDPE grants- Business Development, Food Processing, and Rural Tourism. The aim of each of these is to create jobs and growth in the local economy, with possible uses of the grants including construction/improvement of buildings, equipment purchases, tourism infrastructure, and other related activities.

Prince’s Countryside Fund

Eligible regions: UK rural areas

Sectors: Charities, Community organisations

Amount: Up to £50,000

Details: This fund is due to reopen in January 2020, aiming to bring a long-lasting positive impact on rural communities. It hopes to bring communities together and bring greater prospects to rural businesses.

North of England

Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund

Eligible regions: Northern regions

Sectors: Creative, Cultural, Digital

Amount: Up to £150,000 (with up to one third as a grant)

Details: This fund is a combination of a grant and a loan, so organisations will need to pay back some of the sum they receive. It is targeted at creative enterprises which deliver a social impact, whether they are at the beginning of their journey or are looking to grow and expand.

Northern Impact Fund

Eligible regions: Northern regions

Sectors: Community and social enterprises

Amount: Up to £150,000 blended finance (20% of sum is a grant)

Details: The Northern Impact fund aims to help charities and social enterprises grow their services, to enable them to make a more diverse and lasting impact on their communities. The Northern Impact Fund is supported by Access-The Foundation for Social Investment, which also provides finance through other organisations like the Key Fund across the rest of England.

Yorkshire

PAPI (Product and Process Innovation)

Eligible regions: York, Leeds City Region, North Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire

Sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Bioscience, Low Carbon, Digital & Creative media, Electronics, Food & Drink, Health & Life sciences

Amount: Up to £20,000 (covering 40% of costs)

Details: This particular small business grant supports SMEs that are looking to develop innovative new products, particularly in response to a certain demand or challenge. PAPI is intended to be used for equipment and capital costs associated with the project, as well as generating at least one new job. There are different PAPI projects for each region, so there may be some differences in criteria and provisions between them.

Green Port Hull

Eligible regions: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Sectors: Renewable Energy, Green Technology, Low Carbon, Engineering

Amount: £10,000 or more

Details: Green Port Hull aims to put the Humber region on the map as a centre for renewable energy. Grants can fund a range of projects that will support this aim, such as those that involve launching a new business, expanding an existing business, introducing new technology or processes, or taking a product from development into production. There are six main strands to this grant, including employment, provision of suitable sites, inward investment, business support, and RDI.

Growing the Humber

Eligible regions: Local authority areas of Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, North-East Lincolnshire

Sectors: Any business that isn’t a local service (i.e. a business that doesn’t have a localised customer and competitor base). Some exclusions may include cafés, restaurants, hairdressers, day care facilities etc.

Amount: £5,000-£50,000

Details: This grant aims to stimulate business growth and employment in the region, with the percentage of business funding available depending on the size and location of the company. Funding can be used to cover a range of costs that will contribute to the growth of the business and the regional economy, including machinery, equipment, building works, IT software, and website development, among others.

Conservation Grant Scheme

Eligible regions: Howardian Hills AONB

Sectors: AONB Enhancement: Natural Environment; Historic Environment; Sustainable Development & Rural Economy

Amount: 30-75% of approved costs, but may go up to 100%

Details: The Conservation Grant Scheme is intended to fund community infrastructure projects and conservation work in the Howardian Hills AONB region, particularly those that can’t get help from other funding sources. Projects applying for this business funding should be able to demonstrate how they would use it to improve the public visibility, landscape, biodiversity, and/or heritage value of the region. Funds can be used to cover the costs of ongoing management of sites, as well as one-off capital investments.

Leeds Business Growth Programme

Eligible regions: Leeds City Region (including Barnsley, Bradford, Harrogate, Wakefield, York)

Sectors: City Region’s key growth sectors and their supply chains: Health/Life Sciences, Digital & Creative, Low Carbon/Environmental, Manufacturing, Financial/Professional, B2B

Amount: £10,000-£250,000 (maximum of 20% grant for SMEs with under 50 employees; 10% grant for 50-249 employees)

Details: Businesses located in this region or looking to relocate there can benefit from this grant. It aims to contribute to business growth and subsequently aims to boost the local economy and create a long-lasting positive impact. Businesses can use the money for different kinds of capital investment, such as building refurbishment, machinery, and equipment, and crucially must create at least one new job for every £7,500-£12,500 of grant they receive.

AD:VENTURE

Eligible regions: Leeds City Region

Sectors: B2B SMEs

Amount: Up to 50% of eligible costs. Start-up grant £1,000-£2,500; Growth grant £2,500-£25,000

Details: The fund aims to support projects that will contribute to business growth and job creation. For example, SMEs can use the money for equipment, website design and development, furniture, marketing, and more. It can only be used for start-up or capital costs and not for any running or working costs like rent or salaries.

Scarborough Business Development Grant Scheme

Eligible regions: Scarborough

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to 50% of costs. Up to £1,000 (start-up) and up to £5,000 (expansion)

Details: Intended to stimulate business growth and create new jobs, this grant aims to support existing SMEs, start-ups, and businesses looking to relocate to the area. Start-ups can use the fund for equipment/machinery, improvements to the property or its facilities, and marketing; whilst the expansion grant is more likely to be used for research, product development, or training. Businesses should be able to demonstrate how their project will meet the council’s objectives, which are detailed on their website.

Exporting for Growth

Eligible regions: Sheffield City, Leeds City, Humber LEP

Sectors: SMEs looking to develop and expand into international trade

Amount: Minimum of £1,000 match-funded

Details: Through this funding scheme, businesses will receive advice on developing their international trade as well as the grant. The money can be used for a number of relevant activities, such as the design of international marketing material, internationalising their website by including translations, market research, consultancy, flights/accommodation, and more.

North West

Manufacturing Growth Fund

Eligible regions: North West regions (Cheshire & Warrington, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Liverpool City)

Sectors: Manufacturing, Engineering

Amount: Projects with total value of up to £15,000- grant covers 36% of costs

Details: This particular fund helps businesses in these regions and sectors to grow, by offering money and impartial, expert advice. The grant is intended to cover the cost of specialist expertise and advice with the overall aim of encouraging job creation, the development of new products, and increasing productivity. Eligible projects may focus on sales, marketing, operational efficiency, IT, innovation, design, and others.

Business Premises Grant Scheme

Eligible regions: Barrow, Cumbria

Sectors: Barrow BID Levy Payers

Amount: Up to 50% of costs, up to £1,000

Details: As the name suggests, this grant is for improving the external premises of a business. It is particularly intended for town centre businesses, with possible uses of the fund including painting, new signs, new windows, lighting, improving outdoor areas, canopies, and more.

Cumbria Business Start-Up Support and Growth Programme

Eligible regions: Cumbria

Sectors: SMEs (some sectors excluded)

Amount: Up to 40% of costs up to a maximum of £2,000

Details: This start-up business grant is focused on helping new and young businesses achieve their potential as, alongside the funding, businesses can receive one-to-one advice and free access to training/workshops, among other channels of support. The money is given in the form of a revenue subsidy which can be used for consultancy or revenue equipment.

Eden Tourism Grant

Eligible regions: Eden District, Cumbria

Sectors: Tourism

Amount: Up to £500 per project

Details: This small fund is to help local businesses with marketing costs for tourism-related projects.

LCR Future Energy

Eligible regions: Liverpool City

Sectors: Renewable energy supply chain

Amount: Up to £7,500 towards consultancy costs (30% of costs); Up to £1,250 towards national and international tradeshow space (25% of costs)

Details: LCR Future supports SMEs working in the renewables sector, helping them to build their capabilities and access opportunities. There are a number of funds available to help businesses get a tradeshow stand (both national and international), as well as consultancy costs for assistance with securing and delivering contracts, bid writing, product development, and more.

Chamber Low Carbon Grant

Eligible regions: Lancashire

Sectors: SMEs wanting to improve their energy efficiency

Amount: Up to £25,000 to cover up to 30% of costs

Details: This grant is available to businesses wanting to take steps to improve their renewable and green credentials. Some of the environmentally-friendly activities the money could be used for include: LED lighting, biomass, ground and air source heat pumps, solar thermal, and small hydro power, among others.

Chorley Business Grants

Eligible regions: Chorley

Sectors: SMEs, shop owners in designated town centre/retail area

Amount: Up to £25,000 (Relocation); Up to £10,000 covering 75% of costs (Growth); Up to £10,000 to cover up to 75% of costs (Shop Front Improvement)

Details: There are a number of funds available for businesses in Chorley, including relocation grants, business investment for growth grants, and shop front improvement grants. Depending on the grant chosen, SMEs can use the money for activities such as construction, refurbishment, security, engineering works, signage, and more, with the overall aim of boosting the local economy and creating new jobs.

Pendle Business Grants

Eligible regions: Pendle

Sectors: SMEs, Start-ups

Amount: £500-£2,000 to cover up to 50% of costs (Start-up); £2,000-£10,000 to cover up to 25% of costs (Growth); Up to £3,000 to cover up to 50% of costs (Premises Improvement)

Details: New businesses and SMEs in Pendle can benefit from start-up business grants as well as grants for growth and premises improvement. These can help businesses with a range of relevant costs, with possible eligible activities that can be funded including the development of web systems, environmental assessments, equipment and technology purchases, marketing, training, and more, depending on the specific grant you apply for.

Greater Manchester Energy Efficiency Grant

Eligible regions: Greater Manchester

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: £1,000-£12,500 to cover 50% of costs

Details: There are both small-scale and large-scale grants available for Greater Manchester SMEs looking to improve their environmental impact and energy efficiency. Small-scale grants will usually provide up to £2,500 for equipment, whilst large-scale grants can provide up to £12,500 for installation and more substantial improvements.

North East

Business Compass Leadership and Management Programme

Eligible regions: Tees Valley

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to £2,000 to cover 40% of costs

Details: This funding will contribute towards the costs of bringing in an expert to offer advice on how to improve and manage your business. Whether you want to develop growth strategies, enter new markets, win more tenders or bids, improve your products or services, analyse data, or improve your marketing, the grant can fund most types of mentoring and coaching.

Business Compass Start-Up Programme

Eligible regions: Tees Valley

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to £10,000

Details: Tees Valley residents looking to start a new business can access support from a specialist advisor and entry to workshops on a range of topics. Those who meet the eligibility criteria may also be able to receive a start-up business grant to help them start their business journey.

North-East Business Support Fund

Eligible regions: County Durham, Northumberland, Tees Valley, Tyne & Wear

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Varies between regions but typically covers 35-40% of costs up to £2,000- £3,200

Details: A range of projects can be funded by this grant, including strategy development, product development, restructuring, marketing, website design/development, expansion into new markets, and other growth measures. The eligible projects may differ between local authority areas.

SSI Fund

Eligible regions: Tees Valley and UK

Sectors: Local service sector companies and nationwide supply chain companies affected by the closure of SSI

Amount: Start-up fund up to £10,000; Capital Grant Scheme from £10,000

Details: The Capital Grant Scheme aims to support supply chain companies by funding capital investment expansion or diversification projects that will create sustainable jobs in Tees Valley. The start-up fund aims to help former SSI workers and those affected by SSI’s closure to start their own business.

County Durham Growth Fund

Eligible regions: County Durham

Sectors: SMEs (some excluded sectors)

Amount: covers 20-45% of eligible expenditure (total project must cost at least £100,000)

Details: This fund can only be used for capital expenditure which will result in business expansion in the region. Businesses may use it for land and buildings improvements, lease costs, machinery and equipment, and some revenue costs such as installation costs, licences, and professional fees. As a result of the funding, the increase in employment and productivity should be sustainable and long-lasting.

Hartlepool Business Grants

Eligible regions: Hartlepool

Sectors: Manufacturing; businesses looking to expand their trading locations; ICT/technology (depends on grant)

Amount: Differs between specific grant. Can range from up to £500 to up to £10,000

Details: Some of the small business grants available in Hartlepool include:

  • Main Grant Scheme (for manufacturing and related businesses, up to £10,000)
  • Enterprise Development Fund (for those in the manufacturing industry. It can fund start-up or expansion costs- sole traders can receive up to £2,000 while other businesses can receive up to £5,000)
  • Business Security Grant (for security measures of those in manufacturing, up to £2,500)
  • Women’s Development Fund (women setting up a business can apply for up to £500 for promotional activities)
  • Access to Markets Fund (for businesses wanting to trade regionally, national, and internationally, with grants of up to £2,500)
  • ICT Bursary/Grant (to help businesses develop their services by using technology and to help start-ups in the ICT industry. Grants can offer up to £2,000)

Redcar & Cleveland Business Grants

Eligible regions: Redcar & Cleveland

Sectors: SMEs, Tourism and Visitor Economy

Amount: Up to 80% of costs up to £10,000 (Bring Your Business To…); Up to 60% of costs up to £30,000, maximum of £5,000 per new bed space (Welcome To…); 50% of costs up to £2,500 (Sustainable High Street)

Details: Redcar & Cleveland have several small business grants on offer, with them particularly focused on helping businesses moving into town centres and improving the appearance of existing high street retailers by funding works to shop fronts, heating, windows, doors, roofing, electrics, security measures, and more. There is also a “Welcome To” grant that aims to stimulate the visitor economy by funding improvements that will result in more bed spaces such as conversions, extensions, and refurbishments.

Stockton Business Grants

Eligible regions: Stockton Town Centre

Sectors: SMEs, Retailers

Amount: Up to £5,000 (Retail); Up to £500 (Shop Frontage)

Details: Both new and existing businesses could benefit from either a retail grant or a shop frontage grant. Both of these are targeted at businesses within the town centre, aiming to make it a more vibrant and attractive area, with eligible costs including signage, equipment, and improvements to property exteriors, among other activities.

East of England and East Midlands

Big House CDI Grant

Eligible regions: Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire

Sectors: Creative, Digital

Amount: £1,000-£25,000 to cover 25% of eligible costs

Details: The CDI grant helps businesses in the creative and digital industries to grow, by funding tools/machinery, computer hardware, consultancy services, and various other measures.

*The grant is at full capacity, but any expressions of interest will be placed on a waiting list.

Big House Elevator Grant

Eligible regions: Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire

Sectors: Creative, Digital

Amount: £1,050-£2,250 to cover 30% of project spend

Details: Creative and digital business can use this grant to help cover the costs of taking on a final year student or recent graduate for a placement. It can also fund a freelance expert to come to your business and help you with a new growth project.

NBV Grants for New Business and Enterprise

Eligible regions: East Midlands- Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Greater Lincolnshire

Sectors: Microbusinesses and SMEs

Amount: £1,000-£2,500 for up to 25% of costs

Details: Individuals in this region looking to begin trading, or those who already have an existing business and are looking to grow, can receive funding to contribute to a range of costs. The money can be used for equipment (such as IT hardware and software), marketing consultancy, IT consultancy, and more.

Energy for Business

Eligible regions: Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire

Sectors: SME

Amount: Up to £8,000 to cover 40% of costs

Details: Businesses wanting to improve their energy efficiency by implementing sustainable measures may be eligible for funding from this grant. The scheme encourages collaboration between businesses and academics to try and implement low-carbon initiatives and to assist in any product research and development.

EIRA Grants (Enabling Innovation: Research to Application)

Eligible regions: East of England

Sectors: AI, Biotech, Digital/Creative

Amount: R&D grants £20,000-£50,000 to cover 75% of costs; Innovation vouchers up to £6,000 to cover 80% of costs; Start-up finance up to £3,000

Details: Innovation vouchers help businesses to access expertise and work with partners to develop new products, solve problems, improve efficiency, and investigate other growth measures. The Research and Development grants can fund collaborative R&D activity, with some eligible activities including feasibility testing, product development, product diversification, and more.

Invest to Grow

Eligible regions: East Midlands

Sectors: Aimed at growth sectors e.g. Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Construction, Logistics, Engineering, Technology, Creative, Low Carbon

Amount: £15,000-£250,000 (minimum project cost of £50,000)

Details: Invest to Grow aims to help businesses grow, innovate and create jobs, and so improve its overall performance. Funding can be used for many different projects, such as those related to products/services, expansion or upgrading of business premises, machinery/equipment, innovation, and more. Typically, the funding is a mix of grant and loan.

South-East Midlands Start-up Programme

Eligible regions: SEMLEP area (including Bedfordshire, Luton, Milton Keynes, Aylesbury Vale, Cherwell, Northampton, Corby, Daventry, Wellingborough)

Sectors: Small businesses, Start-ups

Amount: £500 or £1,000

Details: The programme primarily offers several hours of free support for businesses, ranging from one-to-one advice, workshops, and networking events. However, businesses on the programme may be able to receive a grant as well.

East Anglia

Business Energy Efficiency Grant (BEE Anglia)

Eligible regions: Norfolk, Suffolk

Sectors: SMEs (some exclusions)

Amount: Up to £20,000 to cover 20-40% of costs

Details: BEE Anglia helps businesses implement measures that will reduce their carbon footprint. The funding can be used for a range of environmentally-friendly technologies and initiatives, such as ground or water source heat pumps, solar panels, electric vehicles, LED lighting, insulation, window glazing, and more.

New Anglia Small Grants and Growing Business Fund Scheme

Eligible regions: Norfolk, Suffolk

Sectors: SMEs (some exclusions)

Amount: £1,000-£25,000 (small grants); Up to £500,000 (Growing) to cover up to 20% of costs

Details: Both these grants aim to facilitate business growth and create jobs in the local region, helping to support projects such as taking on more staff, improving productivity, and launching new products/services.

Broadland Start-up and Enterprise Grants

Eligible regions: Broadland, Norfolk

Sectors: Start-ups, SMEs with under 10 employees

Amount: £750

Details: The start-up business grant is targeted at those who are starting a business after a period of unemployment, while the enterprise grant aims to support companies that are looking to expand and develop.

Derbyshire

Derbyshire Grants Scheme

Eligible regions: Derbyshire

Sectors: Visitor economy and supply chain (e.g. accommodation, attractions, activities, food/drink)

Amount: £1,000-£10,000 to cover 50% of costs

Details: Businesses that are part of the visitor economy can apply for this grant that aims to boost the local economy. The funds are intended to help businesses develop and grow by accessing new markets, improving accessibility, and becoming more environmentally-friendly.

DE-Carbonise

Eligible regions: Derby and Derbyshire

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: 40% of costs up to £20,000

Details: The DE-Carbonise grant is part of a larger scheme that aims to help businesses become more environmentally-friendly. The programme offers carbon reduction audits, and technical support to identify where businesses can save energy, such as improving insulation, using renewable energy, waste reduction/recycling, and being more efficient. Businesses can then use the grant to pay for these carbon-reduction measures to be installed.

Derby Enterprise Growth Fund

Eligible regions: Derby/Derbyshire

Sectors: SMEs, particularly aerospace, rail, and automotive industries

Amount: Minimum of £20,000; maximum of £10,000 per job created. Covers up to 30% of costs.

Details: This fund aims to generate economic activity and promote the creation of new jobs in the region. Funded projects are likely to be involved in market research or innovation; be in a period of expansion; and/or looking to diversify and expand into new markets.

Bolsover Business Growth and Start-up Grants

Eligible regions: Bolsover district

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to £500 (start-up); Up to £10,000 (growth)

Details: Start-up business grants are available to those looking to start their business journey or those who have been trading for under 2 years. The growth grants are for businesses that have been trading for over 2 years and are looking to develop, whether that’s by improving efficiency, becoming greener, diversifying, or growing in other ways.

Leicestershire

Business Growth Grant

Eligible regions: Leicestershire

Sectors: B2B SMEs

Amount: £2,000-£25,000 to cover 35% of costs

Details: This fund is specifically designed to help businesses grown and develop their operations. The grant can contribute to the costs of capital projects, such as new machinery, tools, premises improvement or expansion, and other growth initiatives.

Eligible regions: LLEP area (Leicester and Leicestershire)

Sectors: Life sciences

Amount: Innovation Support Grants (average 32.5% contribution up to £20,000); Med Tech trials Grants (maximum 50% contribution up to £50,000); Specialist Networking Grants (50% contribution up to £3,000)

Details: This research-based grant is to support businesses as they innovate new products, services, and processes. Ultimately, it is hoped that the grant will improve the economic performance of the life sciences sector in this region, and facilitate interaction between businesses, research bodies like universities, and the NHS.

Innovation Programme

Eligible regions: Leicestershire

Sectors: B2B SMEs

Amount: Up to £4,000 in innovation vouchers

Details: SMEs that are developing new products, services, and process can access free or subsidised innovation support from this grant programme. The scheme is tied to the University of Leicester so businesses can access specialist resources to help them develop and launch new products etc.

Leicester Jobs Fund Employer Grants

Eligible regions: Leicester

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to £3,500

Details: The Jobs Fund grant helps employers to create work placements and apprenticeships for individuals in the region. It is particularly focused at getting those from disadvantaged backgrounds into the workplace, such as anyone unemployed for over 6 months, those aged 50 or older, single parents, ex-offenders, care leavers, and more.

Businesses with 25 employees or less may be able to receive an additional £500 grant if they recruit an individual with a health condition or a disability.

Shop Front Improvement Grants

Eligible regions: Leicester City Centre and specific roads/regions

Sectors: Independent retail businesses

Amount: Up to 50% of costs up to £5,000

Details: In an attempt to improve the appearance of the town centre and specific retail areas, this business funding can be used for a number of improvement measures. Independent businesses can use the funds for repairing fixtures, repainting, signs, external lighting, security, and improving the appearance of their shop fronts.

Coalville Frontage Improvement Scheme

Eligible regions: Coalville Town Centre

Sectors: Commercial property owners and tenants

Amount: Up to £25,000 to cover 50-90% of costs

Details: With an aim of improving the vitality and relevance of Coalville town centre, this grant helps businesses to fund external property improvements to raise the image of the area and make it a more attractive place to be. Some examples of eligible works include repairs to the front and exterior of the premises (such as doors, windows, lighting), repainting, repair of historical features, and external cleaning, among others.

There is also a Coalville Market Traders grant scheme for businesses looking to establish and grow on the market.

Harborough Business Grant for Apprenticeships

Eligible regions: Harborough

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to £750

Details: Businesses can use this channel of funding to contribute to the costs of taking on an apprentice.

South Wigston Shop Improvement Grant

Eligible regions: South Wigston Town Centre

Sectors: Independent retailer

Amount: Up to £2,000 to fund up to 50% of costs

Details: This small business grant can fund projects that improve the shop fronts of retailers in South Wigston, such as external lighting, repainting, security, and signage.

Lincolnshire

Business Growth and Digital Growth Grants (GLLEP)

Eligible regions: Lincolnshire

Sectors: SMEs (some excluded sectors)

Amount: £1,000-£10,000 to cover 40-50% of costs

Details: Businesses with plans to expand, create jobs, and increase their turnover may be eligible for a capital or revenue grant from the Enterprise Growth programme. The funds from this particular grant can be used for equipment, software, and consultancy, among others. The Digital Growth grant can fund internal IT projects such as e-commerce platforms, website development, cloud data storage, and digital management systems.

Lincolnshire Grants4Growth

Eligible regions: Greater Lincolnshire LEP area (including North and North-East Lincolnshire)

Sectors: SMEs (some excluded sectors)

Amount: £1,000-£25,000 to cover up to 28% of project spend

Details: This small business grant is for SMEs that can prove potential for real growth and job creation. It can be used to fund capital projects such as investing in assets, equipment, machinery, new product development, innovation, and for branching into new markets.

Greater Lincolnshire Growth Fund

Eligible regions: Greater Lincolnshire

Sectors: LEP priority sectors: Agri-food, Manufacturing, Health and Care, Ports and Logistics, Visitor Economy, Low Carbon, Digital

Amount: £150,000-£500,000

Details: This grant is focused on improving the region’s priority sectors and working towards the wider goals of the Strategic Economic Plan. It aims to help businesses increase productivity, create new jobs, and successfully deliver projects with a wide-reaching impact. The percentage of the project costs that the grant will cover will depend on several factors including the size of your business.

Growing Graduate Enterprise

Eligible regions: Greater Lincolnshire

Sectors: Start-ups (some restricted sectors)

Amount: £2,500

Details: This fund aims to help graduates or soon-to-be graduates to set up a business in the region. As part of the scheme, one-to-one mentoring, group training, and several hours of support are available alongside the money, to help equip individuals for their business journey.

West Lindsey Feasibility Fund

Eligible regions: West Lindsey district

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to £5,000 (50% match funded)

Details: Businesses can use this fund to help with professional fees and technical survey work that facilitates growth and expansion. For example, they may need expert input for the development of sites and premises, product development, new technology, and equipment, so the grant can help cover the costs these measures would incur.

Nottinghamshire

Ashfield and Mansfield Business Grants

Eligible regions: Ashfield and Mansfield

Sectors: SMEs, retailers, market traders

Amount: Up to £1,000 or up to £2,500 (depends on individual grant)

Details: There are a number of grants available for businesses in the Ashfield and Mansfield area:

  • Business Growth Grant of up to £2,500 for 50% of costs. It can be used for different expansion and job creation projects including land/building improvements, machinery/equipment, research and development, and training.
  • Business Start-up Grant of up to £1,000 for 50% of costs. Start-ups could spend the grant on equipment, furniture, fittings and refurbishment, marketing/advertising, security, and other related costs.
  • Vacant Shops Scheme of up to £2,500 for 50% of costs. The grant can be used for making improvements to premises, buying equipment and furniture, advertising and marketing, security, and other costs.
  • Shop Front Improvement Scheme of up to £2,500 for 50% of costs. The money should be used to improve the exterior of retail businesses, to make the overall shopping area more appealing and attractive. Business might want to replace doors, windows, or the whole shop front; add signage; repaint the outside of the building, or other relevant activities.
  • Market grants can offer new traders several months rent free (Mansfield), up to £1,000 in funding (Ashfield), or up to £500 (Sutton-in-Ashfield, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, or Hucknall).

South of England

AUB Access & Innovation Vouchers

Eligible regions: Dorset

Sectors: Microbusinesses, SMEs, social enterprises

Amount: Innovation Vouchers- claim back 50% of financial investment in research projects

Details: This scheme supports businesses that are engaging in research and innovation projects to develop new products and/or services. As well as a reimbursement of funds, the scheme also gives businesses access to AUB’s facilities and enables them to work with specialist staff to help them with their projects.

Agri-tech Innovation Grants

Eligible regions: Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

Sectors: Agri-tech

Amount: £2,500-£50,000 (and salary subsidy of up to £2,250 for graduate placement)

Details: This grant can contribute towards the cost of Research, Development & Innovation (RD&I) projects, with funds going towards feasibility studies, specialist research, equipment purchases, consultancy, and more. Businesses should be working in the fields of the Agri-tech project, as detailed below.

The four main strands of the Agri-tech project are: animal health and welfare in livestock; maximising soil, water and nutrient use efficiency for sustainable production; improving the productivity of speciality crop production; and utilising technology to drive agri-tech productivity and innovation.

CIAG (Creative Innovation and Growth) Grants Fund

Eligible regions: Devon

Sectors: Adult social care

Amount: £5,000-£40,000 (revenue grants); £7,500-£80,000 (capital and mixed revenue and capital grants) to fund 40-60% of costs

Details: The focus of this grant is on developing new, innovative services and products in this sector, helping organisations to grow and diversify and, most importantly, increase sufficiency. Adult social care organisations in personal, residential, and unregulated care sectors can apply for funding, which they can use for website development, training, leases, cloud infrastructure, purchase or upgrade of long-term assets like property, equipment, or IT software.

Low Carbon Dorset Grant

Eligible regions: Dorset

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: £5,000-£250,000 to cover 40% of costs

Details: Through this scheme, Dorset businesses have access to workshops and can receive advice on how to introduce low carbon measures to their operations. The grant can then part-fund their energy-efficiency projects, helping to pay for contractors, consultants, equipment, renewable energy measures, and other related activities.

South East

Coast to Capital Growth Grant Programme

Eligible regions: West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, East Surrey, Croydon, Lewes

Sectors: C2C growth sectors: Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing, Creative, Digital & IT (CDIT), Low Carbon & Environmental Technologies, Goods & Services, Healthcare, Medical Technology & Life Sciences, Business, Finance & Professional Services, Horticulture, and Visitor Economy (excluding Retail).

Amount: £40,000-£170,000 to cover 40% of costs

Details: The Coast to Capital grant is intended to help businesses improve their productivity and be more innovative in their activities. It can be used to purchase capital assets that will help a business to grow and become more profitable, whether that’s buying an instrument/machinery with an innovative design or investing in a piece of software.

LoCASE (Low Carbon Across South East)

Eligible regions: South East- Essex, East Sussex, Kent

Sectors: SMEs, Low Carbon

Amount: Up to £20,000 to cover 40% of project costs

Details: Businesses looking to become more energy efficient can access funding to implement low-carbon and renewable measures, including projects that aim to save fuel/mileage. LoCASE can also offer funding to support businesses that work in the green/low carbon sector. These businesses could use the money for marketing, IT software, product/process development, and consultancy, to help them improve and develop their environmentally-friendly products or services.

Low Carbon Workspaces

Eligible regions: Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to £5,000

Details: Low Carbon Workspaces can identify areas where businesses can make energy savings, and then provide a grant to help fund activities that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Some eligible green projects may include LED lighting, double glazing, solar blinds, insulation, fans, pumps, air compressors, electric vehicles, heating/cooling systems, and other renewable energy systems.

*Businesses can register their interest until more funding becomes available.

South East Creative, Cultural and Digital Support (SECCADS)

Eligible regions: Essex, East Sussex, Kent

Sectors: Creative, Cultural, Digital

Amount: £1,000-£20,000 to cover up to 35% of costs

Details: SECCADS aims to stimulate the creative sector in the south east, through workshops, mentoring, and internships, as well as business funding. It offers both revenue and capital business grants which can be used for many different purposes including equipment upgrades, rent, salaries, consultancy costs, website development, IT software, purchasing patents, R&D costs, and other related projects.

Buckinghamshire Growth Grants

Eligible regions: Buckinghamshire

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: £1,000-£5,000 to cover up to 1/3 of costs

Details: Buckinghamshire businesses looking to expand may be eligible for this source of funding. The money can be used to fund all kinds of expansion and growth projects that will increase productivity and profitability, including website development, SEO, advertising, market research, software, accreditation, consultancy, and others.

Business Incentive Grant

Eligible regions: Test Valley district in Hampshire

Sectors: Start-ups

Amount: £750

Details: This start-up business grant aims to boost the local economy and encourage local competition by supporting new enterprises that set up in the region.

Independent Retailer Grant

Eligible regions: Test Valley- Andover and Romsey town centres

Sectors: Independent retailers (some exclusions)

Amount: £1,000

Details: The Independent Retailer Grant aims to boost the appeal and diversity of Andover and Romsey town centres, by encouraging independent retailers to occupy vacant spaces.

Isle of Wight Rural Fund

Eligible regions: Isle of Wight

Sectors: Rural SMEs

Amount: £2,500-£50,000 to cover 50% of costs

Details: This fund aims to support the rural economy on the Isle of Wight. Successful applicants would need to demonstrate how they would use the funding to grow their business and benefit the region’s economy and, crucially, show that their plans would safeguard and create sustainable jobs.

Partners for Growth Start-up Grant

Eligible regions: Medway (Kent)

Sectors: Start-ups

Amount: Up to £1,000

Details: This start-up business grant helps Medway individuals with the costs of setting up a business. As part of the scheme, applicants can also access free planning workshops, one-to-one advice, and other forms of support.

SME Energy Improvement Grant

Eligible regions: Tower Hamlets (London)

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to £5,000 for 50% of costs

Details: A range of energy-saving projects can be part-funded by this grant, including lighting and heating upgrades, insulation, renewable technologies, and installation of other energy-efficient equipment.

Oxfordshire eScalate Grant

Eligible regions: Oxfordshire

Sectors: Social enterprise, Scale-up

Amount: £1,000-£25,000 for 50% of costs

Details: The aim of the eScalate grant is to encourage business growth and create new jobs within the Oxfordshire region. Businesses could use the fund for numerous expansion and development measures, including finance consultancy; specialist consultancy for help with business plans, feasibility studies, analysis, and projections; SEO and website creation; branding, design, and other marketing activities; and recruitment costs, among others.

Elmbridge Business Grant Schemes

Eligible regions: Elmbridge (Surrey)

Sectors: Independent retailers, SMEs, community organisations

Amount: Up to £1,000 (Start-up); Up to £10,000 (Enterprise); Up to £2,000 to cover up to 90% of costs (Digital High Street Fund); 10-90% of total project costs (Civic Improvement)

Details: These different funds all aim to support businesses in their growth and development, with the intention of creating a positive impact on the local area and economy. The possible uses of the grants vary, with the civic improvement fund contributing to costs of shop front restoration and other community improvements, the enterprise fund focusing on innovative economic development projects, and the digital high street fund helping businesses establish or upgrade e-commerce websites.

Reigate and Banstead Business Support Grant

Eligible regions: Reigate and Banstead

Sectors: SMEs with under 4 employees

Amount: Up to £1,000

Details: Local businesses looking to start up or grow could receive funding to help with certain costs. The grant can help towards the expense of buying new machinery, equipment, or tools, as well as IT hardware/software, training, and other costs that starting/expanding a business may incur.

Arun Valley Business Grants

Eligible regions: Arun

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to £2,000

Details: Arun-based enterprises may be eligible for a small business grant that would help them to fund an idea or certain projects. There may also be an Apprenticeship grant of up to £1,500 to help private and voluntary organisations take on an apprentice.

Adur and Worthing Small Business Growth Grant

Eligible regions: Adur and Worthing

Sectors: Microbusinesses

Amount: Up to £2,500 to cover 50% of costs

Details: Grants are available to local businesses, with the aim of expanding the local economy and creating new jobs in the area. For example, businesses could use the funds for purchasing new equipment, training courses, improving digital and e-commerce content platforms, improvements to premises, and other related activities. There may also be an opportunity to receive an Apprenticeship grant of up to £1,500.

Chichester District Council Grant Programme

Eligible regions: Chichester

Sectors: Microbusinesses, SMEs

Amount: Up to £15,000

Details: In order to be eligible for funding, businesses need to meet at least one of these key objectives: inward investment to the local economy; improvements to public spaces; help to residents in greatest need. For grants that are over £1,000, businesses will need to await a panel decision, while any grants under £1,000 can be applied for through a “Fast Track” application.

East Sussex Invest 6 (ESI6)

Eligible regions: East Sussex

Sectors: Some priority sectors- Land Management, Digital & Media, Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Materials & Electronics, Low Carbon & Environmental

Amount: £10,000-£25,000 with minimum match funding of 60%

Details: The aim of this grant is to support the local economy and create sustainable jobs. The funding can cover capital investments such as works to the premises, works and upgrades to fixtures and fittings, machinery/equipment, software, marketing, training, consultancy, and other measures which can help drive business growth. Grants are typically awarded with a loan, and businesses may also receive an additional £1,500 for taking on a new apprentice.

West of England

Business West High Impact Scale-Up Coaching Grants and Non-Executive Directors Grant

Eligible regions: West of England

Sectors: SMEs with 7-250 employees, Scale-up businesses

Amount: £2,500-£5,000 to cover up to 25% of costs (High Impact Scale-Up); Up to £5,000 (Non-Executive Directors)

Details: Growing businesses can benefit from these two grants. The High Impact Scale-Up Coaching grant can help businesses in the next stage of their development by funding coaching, training, consultancy, and other related activities, while the Non-Executive Directors Grant can help with the initial costs of hiring a non-executive director who could bring additional expertise to a business.

Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP)

Eligible regions: Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Telford and Wrekin, Shropshire

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to £20,000 to cover up to 40% of costs

Details: Businesses that have a minimum energy spend of £2,000 can receive funding to become more energy efficient. The grant can pay for a variety of environmental and energy improvements such as lighting, heating, renewable technologies, recycling, water reduction, insulation, compressors, and more.

Business Growth Programme 2

Eligible regions: The Marches LEP area (Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin), Greater Birmingham & Solihull

Sectors: B2B SMEs

Amount: £2,500-£10,000 (start-up), £10,000-£1,000,000 (existing SMEs)

Details: Any business looking to apply for funding from this source will need to demonstrate how their planned project would create at least one full-time job. The money they receive can be used for capital expenditure (equipment, systems, technology etc.), market research, marketing and branding, product development, relocation, and other growth initiatives.

Growth Deal Funding

Eligible regions: Black Country

Sectors: Private and public organisations, focusing on automotive, aerospace, and construction sectors

Amount: To cover 30% of eligible costs

Details: The Growth Deal grant aims to stimulate the local economy and maximise opportunities for business growth. Businesses would need to demonstrate how their planned projects would support expansion, job creation, innovation, and other long-lasting benefits.

Low Carbon Opportunities Programme

Eligible regions: Worcestershire, Shropshire

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: £2,000-£100,000 (capital projects); £2,000-£50,000 (revenue projects) to cover 40% of costs

Details: This grant focuses on supporting large-scale renewable energy projects (rather than just reducing energy use) to help businesses become more environmentally-friendly. After an assessment and approval by independent consultants, businesses can use the grant to fund projects such as solar PV, biomass boilers, thermal systems, heat pumps, and other renewable measures. Businesses that work in the low carbon sector can also receive funding to develop their green product or service, perform market research, gain accreditation, and more.

Malvern Hills Business Start-up Grant

Eligible regions: Malvern Hills district

Sectors: Start-ups under 12 months old

Amount: Up to £500 (£750 if moving into premises that charge business rates) match-funded

Details: This start-up business grant was launched to encourage the growth and development of businesses in the region. It is hoped that it will result in the occupation of vacant premises, the regeneration of town centres, the creation of employment opportunities, and a stimulus for new and growing businesses.

Malvern Hills Apprenticeship and Graduate Grant Scheme

Eligible regions: Malvern Hills district

Sectors: Prioritises: Engineering/Manufacturing, IT/Cyber, Agri-tech, Construction, Catering and Hospitality (apprentice), Tourism and Leisure (graduate)

Amount: £1,000 (apprenticeship); £250-£1,000 (graduate internship), £1,000 recruitment grant

Details: Both these grants aim to address the skills shortages many SMEs feel exist in the region. The money can help businesses to find and recruit an apprentice/graduate, with the sum of money they receive depending on certain factors. If a graduate intern later become permanently employed within 24 months, businesses can claim the £1,000 recruitment grant.

Staffordshire

Healthcare and Medical Technology Business Support

Eligible regions: Staffordshire

Sectors: Healthcare, Medical technology

Amount: Innovation vouchers worth up to £5,000

Details: This programme is all about innovation and collaborative working, as businesses have the opportunity to gain technical advice, access specialist facilities, and design and test new products. The vouchers fund these resources and enable businesses to develop their products and services with the help of expert advisors, workshops, networks, and others.

Low Carbon Business Evolution Programme (LCBEP)

Eligible regions: Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: £2,000-£20,000 to cover 60% of costs

Details: Capital grants are available to businesses wanting to reduce their carbon footprint and become more eco-friendly. The money can fund energy-efficient projects that clearly reduce the business’s greenhouse gas emissions, including installation of heating, lighting, and other systems.

New Product Development Grant

Eligible regions: Staffordshire

Sectors: B2B, Advanced Manufacturing, Applied Materials, Creative Digital, ICT, Agri-tech, Aero/Automotive, Medical Technology, Energy, Business and Professional Services

Amount: Up to £5,000 to cover up to 37% of costs

Details: This grant can fund specialist, external advice and resources to help businesses as they research, develop, and launch a new product or service. Some possible uses of the money include paying for market research, product designers, software, R&D fees, legal advice, consultancy fees, and other related activities.

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Grants for Growth

Eligible regions: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Sectors: SMEs that operate primarily B2B (some exclusions)

Amount: £10,000-£160,000 to cover 10-30% of costs

Details: Businesses can receive gap funding to pay for capital investments that will lead to expansion, growth, and creation of new jobs. If a business is looking to expand or upgrade their premises, buy new machinery or equipment, or other activities, then they may be eligible to receive for business funding to subsidise some of the costs.

Small Business Grant Scheme

Eligible regions: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: £1,500-£10,000

Details: The Small Business Grant Scheme aims to help SMEs to grow and expand, both in general and with respect to more specific projects or investments. For example, businesses could use the funds for construction or improvements to the property, internal and external fittings, and to purchase machinery or equipment.

Lichfield District Small Business Grant Scheme

Eligible regions: Lichfield district

Sectors: Start-ups, SMEs

Amount: £500-£1,500 to cover 50% of costs

Details: Any business wanting to apply for this scheme should first have received support from the Enterprise for Success programme. If accepted for the grant, a business can then use the funds for a number of different projects that will lead to growth and job creation, including buying new equipment, IT hardware and software, training, qualifications, product development, marketing, and more.

Warwickshire

Coventry and Warwickshire Business Support Programme

Eligible regions: Coventry, Warwickshire

Sectors: All

Amount: £1,000-£10,000 (small capital for start-ups or SMEs); Up to £50,000 (large capital for SMEs in CW-LEP priority sectors) to cover 10-30% of costs

Details: This programme provides businesses with workshops, mentoring, specialist advice, and other resources to help businesses realise their plans and goals. SMEs may also be eligible for grant funding which can they can use for a number of expansion projects, with the aim of creating sustainable business growth and new employment opportunities for local residents.

Energy Efficiency Grant

Eligible regions: Coventry, Warwickshire

Sectors: SMEs that are primarily B2B

Amount: £1,000-£50,000 to cover up to 40% of costs

Details: The money from this grant can go towards making a business more energy efficient. It can fund measures that will result in significant carbon savings such as LED lighting, upgraded heating, compressors, renewable technologies, recycling, ventilation, and more.

Low Carbon Innovation Grant and Revenue Grant

Eligible regions: Coventry, Warwickshire

Sectors: Low Carbon, Renewable

Amount: £1,000-£50,000 (Innovation); Up to £6,000 (Revenue) to cover up to 40% of costs

Details: Both these grants are targeted at businesses which operate within the low carbon industry. The innovation grant can help businesses to develop a low-carbon product or technology, while the revenue grant offers support to businesses looking to commercialise a low carbon product. For example, it may cover some costs of market research, prototype development, licensing, consultancy, and patents, among others.

Innovation Programme

Eligible regions: Coventry, Warwickshire

Sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, Digital Tech, Assistive Tech, and others

Amount: Up to £50,000

Details: The Innovation Programme was put in place to support businesses as they develop and launch innovative products, technologies, or services to market. In addition to the grant funding, the programme also gives businesses access to workshops, one-to-one support, networking opportunities, and assistance with product testing and prototyping.

Investment Fund

Eligible regions: Coventry, Warwickshire

Sectors: SMEs (some excluded sectors)

Amount: £1,000-£50,000

Details: The aim of this grant is to create new jobs in the local area and facilitate business growth. Businesses can apply for funding for a number of projects, particularly if they want to invest in capital assets like machinery, equipment, hardware/software, refurbishment, or new premises.

Worcestershire

Proof of Concept Funding

Eligible regions: Worcestershire

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to £30,000 to cover up to 40% of total project costs

Details: Proof of Concept funding is targeted at businesses that are developing new products and processes. It aims to encourage SMEs to innovate as it assists them with researching, advancing, and commercialising their ideas, which will ultimately add something new to their offerings and the market.

Start-up and Business Growth grants

Eligible regions: Worcester City

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to £1,000 to cover 50% of costs (Start-up); £1,000-£3,000 to cover 50% of costs (Growth)

Details: These grant schemes aim to fill vacant commercial premises with new businesses, regenerate the local area, stimulate entrepreneurship, and create new jobs. Start-up business grants can fund capital costs and relevant activities, such as training, stock, and marketing, while existing businesses can use the growth grant for expansion measures such as new product launches, growing their market reach, and employing more staff.

Scotland

By Design Grant

Eligible regions: Scotland

Sectors: Research & Development

Amount: Up to £5,000 to cover 70% of costs

Details: The funding from this grant can be used to help businesses design and develop new products and services so they can meet the needs of their customers. Some of the activities that can be funded include research, brand and packaging design, prototyping, user/customer experience, product launches, and other related processes, as long as they are linked to a specific development project.

Culture and Business Fund

Eligible regions: Scotland

Sectors: Arts, Culture, Heritage, Not-for-profit and businesses

Amount: £1,000-£3,000 (smaller fund); £3,000-£40,000 (larger fund) match funding

Details: This fund encourages businesses to sponsor arts and heritage projects within Scotland, to help build new partnerships and make a positive impact on the nation’s creative industry. The arts/heritage organisation and the business sponsor applying for the fund must be two separate entities.

EventScotland Funding

Eligible regions: Scotland (except Glasgow and Edinburgh)

Sectors: Tourism, Events

Amount: £4,000-£25,000 to cover up to 25% of costs (National Events Programme)

Details: There are a number of funds available from EventScotland which aim to encourage the development and growth of events to boost domestic tourism, stimulate the local economy, and attract more visitors to Scotland. Depending on which programme they receive funding from, applicants could use the money for strategic marketing, growing media coverage, hiring equipment, and adding an extra element to an event. At the time of writing, the funds that are open for applications are the National Events Funding Programme and the International Events Programme.

Innovate your Business

Eligible regions: Highlands and Islands region

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to £15,000

Details: This grant is intended to help businesses bring an idea into commercial reality, both through funding and through workshops and expert advice. Businesses can use the grant to assist in their research and development activities, including the design of new products/services, improvements to existing processes, and new ways to expand and innovate.

Make it to Market Grant

Eligible regions: Scotland (not Highlands and Islands region)

Sectors: SMEs involved in exporting/international markets

Amount: £2,000-£5,000 to cover up to 70% of eligible costs

Details: The Make it to Market grant can help businesses export their products or services to international markets, whether they’re exporting for the first time, expanding into new markets, or launching a new product. Businesses can use the funding to create samples, design packaging (with translations), bring in consultants and external advisors, market research, licensing, and other activities that are needed to trade internationally.

Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) Grant

Eligible regions: Scotland

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Typically £100,000-£250,000 but varies

Details: RSA grants aim to create and project jobs within Scotland. Businesses can use the grant to fund a range of projects that meet this aim, such as setting up a new office/base, diversifying, increasing efficiency, and other activities that result in sustainable business growth. The amount of funding businesses can receive will depend on location, the size of the company and the project, the number of jobs created, and other factors.

Research and Development (R&D) Grant

Eligible regions: Scotland

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: 35-50% of eligible project costs

Details: This grant can help businesses with the costs of researching and developing a new product, process, or service that would mark a significant innovation for the company. Businesses can apply for funding individually or as a consortium with 2-6 other companies, and applicants will need to prove that they have the necessary resources and expertise to enable the project to go ahead.

Scottish EDGE Competitions

Eligible regions: Scotland

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to £100,000 (Scottish EDGE); £150,000 (Higgs Award); Up to £15,000 (Young Edge and Wild Card Edge)

Details: EDGE is a competition that gives innovative and high-growth businesses the opportunity to win a sum of prize-funding. Scottish EDGE is the main award category and is open to all, but there is also a Young EDGE category open to companies with Directors aged 18-30 and a Wild Card EDGE which is open to pre-trading businesses. Within the main awards are also some special awards for specific sectors, including the creative industry, the social enterprise industry, the circular economy industry, and the Higgs EDGE which is for science, technology, and engineering businesses.

SMART: Scotland Grant

Eligible regions: Scotland

Sectors: SMEs, individuals, university spin-outs

Amount: Up to £100,000 to cover 60-70% of costs (feasibility); Up to £600,000 to cover up to 35% of costs (prototype)

Details: This is an R&D grant that particularly aims to support high-risk and ambitious projects. The project should be technologically innovative for the relevant business sector, and the money can be used to fund feasibility studies and the development of prototypes to test an idea before it goes into large-scale production.

VisitScotland Growth Fund

Eligible regions: Scotland

Sectors: Tourism

Amount: £10,000-£40,000 to cover up to 50% of costs

Details: Groups of businesses that are collaborating on a tourism marketing campaign may be eligible for this source of funding. The aim of the scheme is to encourage tourism businesses to work together to market Scotland, with a particular focus on producing digital content, finding innovative approaches, and delivering a sustainable proposal. Applicants should ensure their strategy aligns with that of VisitScotland, and demonstrate achievable and measurable targets that will boost Scotland’s reputation and the number of visitors coming to the nation.

Workplace Innovation Fund

Eligible regions: Scotland

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to £5,000

Details: This fund can help businesses implement innovative workplace practices centred around 2 or more of the following areas: People, Place, and Practice. For example, the grant can contribute to the costs of projects that support learning and development, improve the physical space employees work in, create a positive workplace culture, implement flexible working, create a culture of self-management and leadership, improve productivity, and other projects that support the main aims of the scheme.

Eastern Scotland

Nestrans Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme

Eligible regions: Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: £500-£10,000 to cover up to 50% of costs

Details: The Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme is focused on improving the development of travel plans and travel awareness, helping businesses to implement sustainable travel initiatives. For example, possible schemes businesses could receive funding for include: secure cycle parking facilities, shower/changing rooms, improvements to pedestrian access, employee training, and other measures that will encourage a business and its staff to travel in a greener fashion.

Support for Aberdeenshire Business Scheme

Eligible regions: Aberdeenshire

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to £10,000 to cover 50% of costs (development grant); Up to £2,000 per job created (job creation grant)

Details: With the aim of strengthening Aberdeenshire’s economy and increasing its employment opportunities, this grant supports the expansion of local businesses that bring money into the region. Successful applicants can use the funds for training, research and development, feasibility studies, exhibitions, and other development measures.

Fife Trade Development Fund

Eligible regions: Fife

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to £2,000 to cover up to 100% of costs

Details: This programme aims to help businesses across aa range of industries to participate and visit exhibitions, both national and international. It can offer advice and information on displaying at these trade exhibitions, and cover some of the costs of visiting specified events.

Orkney Business Grants

Eligible regions: Orkney

Sectors: SMEs; some grants focus on target sectors including: Tourism, Food & Drink, Low Carbon and Renewable Energy, Creative and Manufacturing, Knowledge and Technology, Service, Community-based Social Enterprise

Amount: Varies

Details: Orkney has many business grants that aim to improve the local economy and create new, sustainable jobs.

  • New Business Start-up- £500-£1,500 to fund new business developments including capital equipment, training, marketing.
  • Flexible Business Development- £750-£5,000 to cover up to 50% of costs. The funding can be used to help a business grow, for activities like building works, equipment purchases, marketing, training.
  • Economic Development Scheme- Up to £55,000 to cover 30% of costs relating to expansion, including building works and equipment upgrades/purchases. There are more specific grants available for tourism and haulier businesses.
  • Rural Shop Improvement- £500-£10,000 is available to help shop owners and retailers in rural areas (i.e. not in Kirkwall) to expand and make improvements.
  • Small Business Training- £250-£1,000 to cover up to 90% of costs. This can help SMEs to develop the skills of their workforce by funding non-statutory training opportunities.
  • Graduate Placement Scheme- Up to £15,000 to cover up to 50% of wage and NI costs (Graduate); Up to £10,000 to cover up to 30% of wage and NI costs (Post-graduate). This aims to use the skills of graduates to develop an SME’s workforce and bring benefits to the local economy.

Western Scotland

Inverclyde Business Grants

Eligible regions: Inverclyde

Sectors: SMEs, Growth Company Development Fund priority sectors: Tourism, Construction, Manufacturing, Service Sector which support manufacturing, Life Sciences, Creative Industries, Digital and Emerging Technology

Amount: Varies

Details: Some of the small business grants in the Inverclyde region include:

  • Growth Company Development Fund- Up to £5,000 to cover up to 50% of costs relating to capital expenditure such as building expansions, exhibitions, and product development.
  • Growth New Start Fund- Up to £500 towards the costs of setting up a business under 12 months old, such as commercial rent and IT and website development.
  • SBA Business New Start Grant- Up to £500 to cover up to 50% of costs related to development activities. This grant is for businesses under 6 months old.
  • SBA Marketing Grant- Up to £500 to cover up to 50% of costs to help businesses complete a marketing project, with eligible activities including market research, promotional material, website development, and email campaigns.
  • Small Business Property Grant- Up to £10,000 to cover 20-30% of costs related to projects involving commercial premises, including general improvements, signage, and security measures.

West Dunbartonshire Business Grants

Eligible regions: West Dunbartonshire

Sectors: B2B SMEs and start-ups

Amount: Up to £500 (start-up); Up to £3,000 to cover 30% of costs (all other grants)

Details: There are a variety of grants available for the businesses of West Dunbartonshire including:

  • Start-up business grant
  • Capital grant- to expand, buy new equipment etc.
  • Property Improvement grant
  • ICT grant- to develop and implement new ICT systems
  • Innovation grant- to help businesses develop and commercialise new products or processes that will improve performance. It can fund the costs of prototyping, licensing, product development etc.

Wales

Active Inclusion Fund

Eligible regions: Wales

Sectors: SMEs, charities, third-sector organisations

Amount: Up to £25,000 (Level 1 of Include projects); £25,000-£1,500,000 (Level 2-5 for Include and Achieve projects)

Details: The Active Inclusion Fund aims to improve the employability of disadvantaged groups of people and reduce barriers in the workplace, to ultimately boost economic activity in Wales. The Include project is a ‘first step’ to help participants enter the labour market, initially in a voluntary role, while the Achieve project provides the disadvantaged groups with paid employment positions. Some examples of groups that this fund aims to help include those with work-limiting health conditions, mental health issues, lack of experience, disabilities, welfare dependency, and more.

Brexit Resilience Fund

Eligible regions: Wales

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: £10,000-£50,000 to cover up to 20% of costs

Details: Businesses can access funding and tailored support packages (including online tools, workshops, and mentors) to help them prepare them for the possible changes and challenges they may face after Brexit. The funding can help businesses to implement projects that will develop their capacity, improve their processes, sustain their competitiveness, and safeguard their jobs and trade, to help them navigate the post-Brexit landscape.

Micro Small Business Fund

Eligible regions: Wales

Sectors: Micro and small businesses, Tourism

Amount: £25,000-£500,000

Details: Focused on the tourism sector, this small business grant aims to stimulate economic growth, generate and safeguard jobs, and create innovative and sustainable products. Businesses can use the fund for capital investments, such as on land and building works, equipment, IT, consultancy fees, and other related measures which will result in a high-quality tourism product/service.

Wales Tourism Investment Fund

Eligible regions: Wales

Sectors: Tourism

Amount: £100,000-£5,000,000 blended grant and loan

Details: This fund focuses on boosting capital investment into the Welsh tourism industry to create a positive impact on the sector and the regional economy. It is a mix of a grant and a loan, so businesses will need to pay back some of the money they receive, usually over a period of 10-15 years. Businesses can invest the money into upgrading or creating new, high-quality assets that boost Wales’ image and offers benefits to the economy and the region as a whole.

ReAct for Businesses

Eligible regions: Wales

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to £3,000 in quarterly instalments for first 12 months. Up to £1,000 for job-related training

Details: Businesses that recruit someone who has recently been made redundant can access funding to cover the costs of some of their wages. The scheme aims to help people get back into work quickly, and it is hoped businesses will receive other benefits from employing them in addition to the funding, such as improved productivity and having a trained, skilled workforce.

Community Toilet Grant Scheme

Eligible regions: Anglesey, Gwynedd, other areas

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to £500

Details: Businesses can receive £500 from eligible councils if they open up their toilet facilities to the general public.

North Wales

Bangor City Centre Property Renovation and Investment Scheme

Eligible regions: Bangor City Centre

Sectors: Commercial property owners

Amount: £25,000-£300,000- part grant, part loan. Repayable amount will be 25-100% of overall sum

Details: Owners of commercial properties can access money from this fund to improve their building exteriors, including repairs, renovation works, and reinstatement of architectural features. It is hoped that this will diversify the businesses within Bangor and create a more sustainable and vibrant city centre. The proportion of the sum that will be repayable vs non-repayable will depend on each individual project and business.

Conwy Business Support Grant

Eligible regions: Conwy

Sectors: Social Enterprises, Farm Diversification, Retail/Wholesale, Tourism, Services (not exhaustive list)

Amount: £200-£1,500 to cover 50% of project costs

Details: If a Conwy business has a planned project that will result in extra staff and increased turnover, then they may be eligible for this grant. It can be used to buy capital equipment (including IT hardware), marketing material, specialist training, and other professional fees that will help a business achieve its desired outcome.

ISO Grant Scheme

Eligible regions: Gwynedd County

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Cost of consultant

Details: SMEs can use this business funding to help them gain ISO accreditations that will demonstrate their products, services, and systems are safe and of a good quality. The money will pay for the cost of a consultant to work with the business to achieve the standard needed for accreditation, although it will not pay for the certification itself.

South Wales

BG Effect Business Fund

Eligible regions: Blaenau Gwent

Sectors: Start-ups

Amount: Up to £2,000 to cover 80% of costs

Details: This start-up business grant aims to help new enterprises develop and achieve their growth objectives, whether that’s by funding expert advice and support, necessary equipment purchases, marketing materials, or improvements to their premises.

Blaenau Gwent Kick Start Plus

Eligible regions: Blaenau Gwent

Sectors: SMEs that are 6 months-3 years old

Amount: Up to £1,000 to cover up to 50% of costs

Details: Established to complement the start-up grant, this Kick Start grant aims to help businesses develop and expand further. Eligible costs of this fund include marketing, website development, IT, and training.

Bridgend Kick Start Grant and Special Regeneration Fund

Eligible regions: Bridgend

Sectors: Start-ups and SMEs, primarily B2B

Amount: £250-£4,000 to cover up to 50% of costs (Kick Start); £1,000-£5,000 to cover up to 40% of costs (Special Regeneration)

Details: Both these grants help businesses to grow and develop, with the Kick Start grant focusing on SMEs in their first 3 years of trading. Some of the activities these grants can fund include capital equipment purchases, website development, and premises improvements.

Business Start-up Grant

Eligible regions: Caerphilly

Sectors: Start-ups

Amount: Up to £500 to cover up to 50% of costs

Details: Individuals in Caerphilly wanting to set up a business may be able to receive support from this start-up business grant. Funding can be used to help businesses grow and develop, by contributing to the costs of equipment, IT equipment, web development, marketing, building works, and other costs incurred from starting a business.

Caerphilly Enterprise Fund

Eligible regions: Caerphilly

Sectors: SMEs, Start-ups, Community Organisations

Amount: Up to £2,000 to cover 45% of expenditure (revenue); Up to £10,000 to cover 50% of costs (Capital)

Details: Businesses can apply for funding for both capital and revenue costs, including external and internal building works, feasibility studies, marketing, and IT equipment. Applicants would need to demonstrate how their funded project would bring economic, social, cultural, and environmental benefits to Caerphilly.

Caerphilly Commercial Improvement Grants

Eligible regions: Caerphilly

Sectors: Landlords and leaseholders of commercial and retail properties

Amount: Up to £15,000 to cover 50% of costs

Details: Owners or tenants of commercial premises can apply for funding to make improvements and changes to the building, both internally and externally. Example activities that the grant can fund include extensions, conversions. stone/brick cleaning, shop front replacements, work on windows and doors, flooring, lighting, and other projects that will improve the appearance of the property and the overall area.

Rural Enterprises Fund

Eligible regions: Carmarthenshire

Sectors: Rural enterprises

Amount: Up to £128,000- £20,000 per job created or to cover 25-45% of costs, whichever is lower

Details: This grant helps rural businesses fund development projects for their premises that will ultimately safeguard and/or create employment opportunities in the region. There are some key sectors from which applications may be prioritised, including tourism, IT, energy, financial, construction, manufacturing, and others.

Start-up Business Grant

Eligible regions: Newport

Sectors: Pre-start-ups, SMEs up to 12 months old

Amount: £250-£1,500 to cover up to 40% of costs

Details: New businesses can use money from this fund to help with any start-up and growth costs, including rent, equipment, IT hardware and software, and training.

Vacant Commercial Floor Space Grant

Eligible regions: Newport

Sectors: Independent businesses, franchisees planning to locate businesses in Newport city centre/shopping centres (not retail parks)

Amount: Up to £6,000 to cover up to 50% of costs; first year’s rent on new premises or additional floor space

Details: This grant can help businesses with the cost of renting commercial space in Newport’s city centre and its shopping centres.

Enterprise Investment Fund

Eligible regions: Rhondda Cynon Taf

Sectors: SMEs, Start-ups

Amount: £1,500-£10,000 (Commercial premises); £500-£1,500 (Home-based premises) to cover up to 50% of costs

Details: The Enterprise Investment Fund aims to support economic growth across Rhondda Cynon Taf by helping businesses to expand and achieve their growth plans.

Property Enhancement Development Scheme

Eligible regions: Swansea city centre, Morriston town centre

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to 40% of costs

Details: This scheme focuses on improving the appearance of commercial premises and on finding occupants for vacant and derelict properties. The amount of funding that organisations can receive will vary on a case by case basis, with possible areas that the money can be used on including shop fronts, roofs, floors, ceilings, signage, wiring, and others.

Northern Ireland

Acumen Funding

Eligible regions: Northern Ireland

Sectors: Manufacturing or tradeable service SME

Amount: Up to £15,000/€18,750 to cover up to 50% of Sales Person's salary in first year; or up to £8,000/€10,000 to cover up to 50% of costs of part-time sales person

Details: InterTradeIreland runs the Acumen programme which aims to help businesses increase their cross-border sales by branching into new markets. The programme will support some of the costs of employing a professional salesperson who can help a business penetrate new markets and create an increased yet sustainable source of income. Microbusinesses can receive £5,000/€5,500 from an Elevate Programme to help them grow and expand into new markets and customers.

InterTradeIreland also offers a FUSION Programme which can help businesses with innovation and new product development. It provides organisations with a 12 or 18 month support package so they can employ a science, engineering, or technology graduate and partner with a specialist organisation to help them with their project.

Brexit Preparation Grant

Eligible regions: Northern Ireland

Sectors: SMEs, Invest NI customers

Amount: 50% of costs up to £50,000 (e.g. up to 50% of one year’s salary up to £20,000, up to £10,000 for office rental outside UK, up to £25,000 for specialist consultancy)

Details: Introduced to help businesses navigate the challenges and changes that Brexit presents, this grant can offer assistance in a number of ways. It can help with the costs of strengthening your operational capability and developing contingency plans to minimise the risks on potential affected areas, such as supply chains, customs and tariffs, export opportunities, access to skills and labour, and transport logistics.

Brexit: Planning and Implementation Voucher

Eligible regions: Northern Ireland and Ireland

Sectors: SMEs (some restrictions)

Amount: 100% of costs up to £2,000/€2,250 (Planning Voucher); 50% of total costs up to £5,000/€5625 (Implementation Voucher)

Details: This funding can help businesses in Ireland and Northern Ireland prepare for the changes that leaving the EU will bring. They can receive funding for professional advice on how the changes will affect their goods, services, labour, and more, and then further funding to develop and implement a plan that will prepare them for the future.

Job Introduction Scheme

Eligible regions: Northern Ireland

Sectors: SMEs that employ people with disabilities (full time or part-time)

Amount: £75 a week for length of job trial (13 weeks)

Details: This scheme supports businesses that offer a job trial to a person with disabilities. The individual should be employed on the same terms as the company’s other employees and receive a suitable wage, with the grant being paid to the firm in one lump sum at the end of the period.

Get into R&D

Eligible regions: Northern Ireland

Sectors: SMEs

Amount: Up to £50,000

Details: Businesses can receive this R&D funding to translate an idea for a new product or process into reality. For example, it can contribute to the costs of investigating and researching an idea, creating and testing a prototype, experimenting, and developing and improving the result. There are other possible sources of support for businesses wanting to grow and pursue an R&D project.



Skills Advancement Grant

Eligible regions: Northern Ireland

Sectors: Manufacturing or internationally tradeable services (Invest NI customers)

Amount: £1,000-£15,000 to cover up to 50% of eligible costs

Details: Businesses can use funding from this grant to pay for external training, travel, and accommodation costs. This can help create a more skilled workforce and can bring multiple benefits to the business. The grant does not cover any mandatory training.

The application process for many of these small business grants is likely to be highly competitive, so organisations may need to consider other sources for funding. Business loans from banks and other lenders are a possible alternative for those who can’t get a grant or can’t find one that fully meets their needs, or if a business needs more funding than a grant can provide.

When applying for any kind of business funding, most SMEs would have to show their company’s history, a business plan, and explain how they would use the extra injection of money. More information on preparing your business for these applications, as well as help on other business matters, can be found on our business hub.

Written by Rhiannon Philps

    Published on 03-01-2020

    Updated on 23-07-2020

I am a financial writer for KnowYourMoney.co.uk. I spend the majority of my time writing and researching financials guides and articles for consumers.

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