Small Business Grants and Apprenticeship Grants

Adur & Worthing Business Partnership (AWBP)

Adur & Worthing Councils, in partnership with Adur and Worthing Business Partnership, are pleased to announce a fifth round of funding for Small Business Grants and Apprenticeship Grants.

These highly successful grants for micro and small businesses in Adur and Worthing aim to encourage growth of the local economy and stimulate new employment opportunities, as well as facilitate spend using local suppliers and retailers over national chains and discount sellers.

Please be advised that:

  • in Worthing: all funding has been allocated - no further applications will be accepted
  • in Adur: applications can still be accepted - the next grants panel will be 5th April 2023

Small Business Grant

Available to local micro businesses with up to 10 employees, these grants of up to £2,500 require a 50% match funding contribution.

For example, if you wanted to purchase some equipment for your business at the cost of £1,500, you could apply for a grant of £750, and match it with a personal contribution of £750. Any added VAT is not counted within the project costs and will not be refunded.

Applications with a strong green and/or sustainable element and who have not previously accessed funding will take priority.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate how the funds will develop their business. Grant funds payment is made retrospectively, so applicants will need to ensure they have total funds available upfront and ready to start the project straight away. Once approved, applicants will be required to supply relevant paid invoices within 30 days.

Before you apply, please read:

Then, once the grant is available, if you meet the criteria:

Apprenticeship Grant

Available to individual businesses with up to 50 employees, these grants take the form of a one off payment of £1,000 towards the cost of taking on an apprentice. Individual businesses can apply for up to two grants.

Please note, this grant is not associated with the government funded Kickstart Scheme. You can find out more about the Kickstart Scheme on our Apprentices and Further Education page.

Before you apply, please read:

Then, once the grant is available, if you meet the criteria:

Want to know more?

If you would like any further information on either the Small Business Growth or Apprenticeship Grants, please email the Place & Economy Team on:

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Page last updated: 29 March 2023

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