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Grants and funding for businesses

See also:

Small Business Growth Grant (and Apprenticeship Grant) Funding

Please note: During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak please see our Business Support page

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Professional Development Funding for your workforce

In 2020, Adur & Worthing Councils will continue to offer over £20,000 to SMEs to provide apprenticeship training to their staff. This support is even more important as you adapt to COVID-19 and consider the changes and developments you need from your staff going forward.

The funding will pay for apprenticeship course fees, with a wide variety of courses available. They range from Health and Social Care, Leadership, Engineering through to Customer Services and span all sectors. Courses start at GCSE level and go right through to master degrees (with even the option to fund an MBA).

Apprenticeships are not just for school leavers or for entry level jobs (although they can be suitable for that); they offer robust, high quality development for people at all levels. Both current members of staff and new employees.

You can search for apprenticeships - on the Institute for Apprenticeships website.

If you would like to take up the opportunity, please refer to the terms and conditions and then complete the application form below. We will be using the following scoring criteria to determine the successful candidates - you must demonstrate how you meet each one to be awarded funding:


  1. Evidence of involvement in partnership networks in Adur and Worthing, ie federation of small businesses, chamber of commerce
  2. Ability to demonstrate a positive impact in Adur and Worthing, related to the economic strategy. Favourable sectors include:
    • Creative & digital
    • Care (especially level 4 care and above)
    • Manufacturing and engineering
    • Hospitality
  3. Ability to demonstrate how the professional development would bring growth for the individual and the organisation and why this course is needed at this moment in time 

We will assess applications on a rolling basis until all the funding is allocated. Applications will be reviewed by an Awards Panel.

See also Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Funding available from West Sussex County Council (below)

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Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Funding available from West Sussex County Council

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) also has a similar fund to the Professional Development Funding (above) and its third round is now live for applications with no fixed closure date. Full information and the application form see:

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Coast to Capital

Coast to Capital LEP Area Growth Grant Programme

The Coast to Capital LEP area Growth Grant Programme is a capital equipment (capex) grant. The grant provides last resort investment to part-fund projects undertaken by innovative, high growth small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises in the Coast to Capital LEP area.

For more information see:

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Regional Growth Fund

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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