Business Support

Grants and Funding

GrantFinder

The Council has subscribed to a user-friendly, accurate and professional funding tool which has helped businesses to facilitate the securing of thousands of pounds’ worth of support.

For more information, please email business@harborough.gov.uk

Business Gateway Grant Scheme

If your business needs finance to expand, the Business Growth Grant is now available. This grant, provided by the Business Gateway Growth Hub, is available to existing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) based in Leicester and Leicestershire. Grants from £2,000 up to £25,000* are available providing 35% towards the cost of capital projects (e.g. new machinery, tools, premises improvement or expansion, computer hardware).

The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity - Business Grant

Applications are now open with individual grants of up to £5,000 available.  Applications are welcomed from anyone who meets their full eligibility criteria, including current and former borrowers of the charity. Closing date: 31 August 2022

Digital Upscaler Grant

Are you a high growth business looking to invest in new technologies to propel your business? Is your business facing barriers to growth due to a lack of understanding of new technologies? If so then the Digital Upscaler project is perfect for you. Grants from £10,000 to £50,000 are available.

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

The £67m scheme is a government led initiative intended to help create a full fibre Britain. It is primarily aimed at SMEs who can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of the connection to a gigabit (1Gbps) broadband network either individually of as part of a group project. Download voucher scheme details [PDF]

Invest to Grow

The University of Derby's Invest to Grow programme provides grants and loans of between £15,000 and £250,000 to support private-sector businesses across the East Midlands to innovate, grow and create jobs.

Manufacturing Growth Programme

This funded growth programme can provide free advice, support and help to source potential grants to help manufacturing businesses grow.

LLEP Growing Places Fund

The Government’s £730 million Growing Places Fund loan scheme supports key infrastructure projects designed to unlock wider economic growth, create jobs and build houses.

Innovate UK

Innovate UK aims to accelerate growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. Grant funding competitions are open which can help you develop an idea and make it successful.

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: for research and innovation

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund aims to bring together the UK’s world-leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time. This is part of government’s £4.7 billion investment in R&D over 4 years.

Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF)

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund aims to transform the finance landscape for smaller businesses in the Midlands and to realise the region’s potential to achieve economic growth through enterprise.

 

  

Search for more available grants or email the team on business@harborough.gov.uk for further advice.