The Enabling Grant is designed to help improve the efficiency of independent local businesses, to maximise the potential for growth and to assist new businesses with start-up costs.

We strongly recommend that applicants read the guidance notes carefully before submitting an application as the criteria has changed and the way the applications are processed is different from previous rounds.

word icon Guidance notes Enabling Grant 2023 [25kb]

word icon Climate change guidance 2023 [26kb]

Businesses can apply for only one of the following two grants:

  • Growth Projects - up to a maximum contribution of £2000 from the council (50% match funded)
  • Start-up Awards - up to a maximum contribution of £500 from the council (non-match funded)

We particularly welcome applications from businesses in the 'green' sector or applications for projects to reduce a business's environmental impact and these applications will be prioritised during the evaluation process.

Application deadline

This scheme is open to new applications from 11 January at 10am and businesses will be able to apply up until 1pm on 1 February.