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Grants and funding for businesses

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Small Business Grant (and Apprenticeship Grant) Funding

Adur & Worthing Business Partnership (AWBP)

Adur & Worthing Councils, in partnership with Adur and Worthing Business Partnership, are pleased to announce a new grant scheme for Small Business grants and Apprenticeship grants for micro and small businesses in the Adur and Worthing area.

Small Business Grants

The Small Business Grant is available to local micro businesses of up to 10 employees and the Councils are offering grants of up to £2,500 which you will need to match fund. For example, if you want to purchase some equipment that costs £1,500 you can apply for £750 from the grant fund and source the additional £750 needed from your own funds.

You must be able to demonstrate how the project will develop or establish your business and what difference it will make.

First - read the grant criteria information:

Then if you meet the criteria:

Apprenticeship Grants

The Apprenticeship Grant is available to small businesses of up to 50 employees and the Councils are offering grants of £1,500 to match funding currently available from the Government.

First - read the grant criteria information:

Then if you meet the criteria: 

About these grants

The scheme is being delivered by the Adur & Worthing Business Partnership and businesses will be on the Awards Panel, helping to decide which applications are successful.

If you would like to discuss either of the above grants please contact:

See also:

To find information on other funding options for businesses in our area see the:

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Broadband Voucher Scheme - Connection Voucher Scheme

The Connection Voucher Scheme has closed

The funds available to the scheme have been fully allocated and we can't accept new applications.

More than 55,000 small and medium businesses (SMEs), employing up to one million people across the UK, have taken advantage of a Government scheme to boost their broadband connectivity. 1,185 small businesses in the Greater Brighton area (which includes Adur & Worthing) have taken up the offer, many of which are seeing significant boosts to their business as a result of improved broadband speeds.

The deadline for vouchers offered in 2015/16 is 30th March 2016. You can find out more about the national Connection Vouchers scheme, which is funded and run by the Department for Culture Media and Sport, on the:

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Growth Vouchers Programme

Growth Vouchers help SMEs access strategic advice to grow their businesses and offers up to £2,000 match funding along with a free initial business consultation.

Following this consultation, a Growth Voucher worth up to £2,000 may then be awarded, to help pay for strategic private sector advice in the following areas:

  • Raising finance and managing cash flow
  • Marketing, attracting and keeping customers
  • Making the most of digital technology
  • Improving leadership and management skills
  • Recruiting and developing your staff

You can find out more and apply on line at:

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Coast to Capital

Coast to Capital Grant Funding

Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership in partnership with West Sussex County Council have now launched its Business Grants programme and is looking for small and medium sized businesses that are looking to expand and create new jobs.

This year there are two types of grants available- Small Grants which are between £5,000 and £20,000 and Business Growth Grants which are between £15,000 and £100,000. Grants are for businesses based in the Coast to Capital area and can only be used for capital expenditure.

Further information including eligibility criteria and application forms are available:

Loan & Equity Funding Schemes

Coast to Capital LEP is funding a series of Loan & Equity Schemes called the Coast to Capital Funding Escalator. The Escalator supports business growth and job creation.

For more information please see:

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Start-Up loans for young people (18 to 29)

Please see the website below for information on Start-Up Loans for Young People (18 to 29) and businesses that are less than a year old and still in a start-up phase.

This is a government-backed initiative to provide funding and free mentoring:

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Regional Growth Fund Round 6

The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) is a £3.2 billion fund that supports projects and programmes that are using private sector investment to create economic growth and sustainable employment.

For further information please see:

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Research and Development Grants for SMEs

Smart is a grant scheme which offers funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&D projects in the strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology, from which successful new products, processes and services could emerge.

The scheme supports SMEs carrying out R&D which offers potentially significant rewards and that could stimulate UK economic growth.

For further information please see:

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Energy Efficiency Fund

The British Gas Energy Efficiency Fund is designed to help micro-businesses manage their energy costs in the long-term, by providing free expert advice and energy efficiency measures.

Eligible businesses will receive a free on-site energy survey, as well as fully-funded installations of energy saving measures valued up to £6,000 per business. For further information please see click the link below:

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