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Find business grants

If you are an established business looking to grow, then there may be grants available that can help you to develop your projects.

Find available grants

You can search for available grants using the following websites:

Nottingham urban business support programme

This programme supports the start-up and growth or development of existing micro, small and medium sized businesses based in Nottingham City, Broxtowe, parts of Gedling, Rushcliffe, and Hucknall in Ashfield. Grants of between £1000 and £2500 are available. This will cover up to 25% of your eligible costs. However to access this grant, the minimum project spend must be £4000, but once approved this grant can be used to purchase services or equipment to help your business expand or diversify. This programme started in April 2022 and closes in March 2026.

The Growth Programme - Enterprising Ashfield 

This is a £3000 programme delivered by Nottingham Trent University, participants can access a £1500 grant towards costs. This programme has been designed to help you review and grow your business via supportive 1:1 business mentoring/coaching, expert workshops, peer learning, leadership training, sector-specific support programmes.

The Food and Drink Forum - FEAST II

The forum offer grants to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that operate business to business (B2B), which can cover 25% of agreed capital project costs for production equipment. The minimum project considered is £4000, up to a maximum £200,000. You will also receive 12 hours of free technical advice and access to events. This project is due to close around December 2023, however it may close a few months earlier subject to how remaining funds are spent.

Invest to grow

The University of Derby Invest to grow programme provides loans and grants to support private sector businesses across the East Midlands, to innovate, grow and create new jobs or safeguard existing jobs. Funding can cover 30% of agreed capital project costs, therefore an award of £15,000 would be for a minimum project cost of £50,000. The maximum award is £250,000. This is a regional growth fund (RGF) grant with no closing date given.

Innovate UK Edge

Attracting funding to support innovation is a key priority for fast growing, innovative businesses that ultimately want to scale up. Innovate UK edge can support you to develop your finance and funding strategy and review your applications as a critical friend. They are key part of the UK Innovation Agency’s investment to drive economic growth and work with industry sector specialists that can support all types of businesses across our region.

Tech Nation

If you’re a tech entrepreneur, be it aspiring, scaling or late stage, then Tech Nation may be able to help you through their specialised programmes. They offer peer-to-peer learning, access to world class scale-up coaches, and connections that will help you solve your technology business challenges. You will also gain added exposure for your brand. They are very selective when choosing who they will accept into each programme run, however it’s completely free and they can even help you to find tech investors.