External Business Grants
This page outlines what LEADER funding is and who it’s available for. There is also a link to find the Local Action Group in your area. More information is available on page 20 of the document in the downloads section below.
Countryside Stewardship woodland capital grants:
Funding is available, to maintain momentum in the priority areas of: woodland creation; woodland management plans to ensure woodland owners are in a position to apply for other support when full Countryside Stewardship opens; addressing tree health issues.
Countryside Stewardship facilitation funding:
Overview: The Countryside Stewardship (CS) facilitation fund supports people and organisations that bring farmers, foresters, and other land managers together to improve the local natural environment at a landscape scale. This landscape scale approach can cover land under existing agri-environment and forestry/woodland agreements, common land and land not currently covered by a scheme. It builds on the principles of partnership working to deliver environmental benefits, as demonstrated by various initiatives, including farm clusters and the farmer-led Nature Improvement Area.
This page outlines the available grants and who they are for. Within the table there is a link for woodland harvesting, extraction and small-scale processing grants for private woodland owners, small to medium-sized forestry contractors.
Further information on grant funding for capital investment is available on page 15 of the document in the attachments section below.
highlights the section of the Countryside Stewardship grant which focusses on grants available to woodland owners and forestry contractors to improve forest productivity.
European innovation partnership (EIP) funding:
Outlines what is available and what to do to prepare for the opening of the scheme.
More information is also available on page 16 of the document in the attachments section below.
Enterprise M3 Funding Escalator
The Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership has committed £5.5 million of capital to create a new funding escalator comprising a loan scheme and an equity fund managed by The FSE Group. If you are an ambitious SME based within the Enterprise M3 geographic area with the potential to deliver high growth and employment opportunities, you may be eligible to apply. More information is available here: www.thefsegroup.com/enterprise-m3-funding-escalator
Enterprise M3 Growing Enterprise Fund:
To help support economic growth by addressing the infrastructure and site constraints that may be impeding development. The purpose of the fund is to kick start infrastructure and other projects that will drive economic growth in the mid and north Hampshire and south west Surrey areas, helping to create housing and jobs for local people as well as helping to deliver the Enterprise M3 LEP Business Plan.
A peer-to-business lending platform connecting businesses and investors, where businesses get fast business loans and investors earn great returns on their investments. Funding Circle has funded over £570m in business loans so far. for more information you can visit their website
Through the British Business Bank the Government has invested £60m through Funding Circle (click here), while many County Councils and Universities are also lending via Funding Circle to help local businesses and raise funds. Funding Circle is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Countryside Productivity Scheme
Defra have announced the first phase of the Countryside Productivity Scheme, this funding amounts to £5 billion.
The funding can be used to invest in improved infrastructure and ground-breaking new technology, opening up opportunities for our farmers.
More detailed information can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/collections/countryside-productivity-scheme
A grant may cover up to 40% of the total eligible costs of the project. There are 2 types of grants: small grants and large grants.
For small grants, funding of between £2,500 and £35,000 is available.
One small grant can be used to apply for a range of small grant items.
For large grants, funding of between £35,000 and £1,000,000 is available.
Applicants can apply for a mix of large grant items in one application.
Applications can only be for large grant items or small grant items – not a mix of both.
Grant funding can be used to invest in: Animal productivity, health and welfare; Arable and horticultural productivity; and Resource management.
[Defra stress that the applicant must pay for the remaining 60% of eligible costs, and all, in eligible costs with private money, such as savings or a bank loan. A warning is provided with regard to anyone using public money and how this will not be eligible and may lead to reclaim of any grant already paid -- see the web page above]
Grants available for Southern businesses:
Solent Growth Hub:
Enterprise Vouchers & Investment Grants
Manufacturing Advisory Service
Local Council Opportunities
National Growth Vouchers
National Growth Voucher Programme –a voucher of up to £2,000
Southampton Solent University Growth Voucher –free workshop to identify growth.
Business Growth Service - Growth Accelerator/MAS.
Solent Local Enterprise Partnership
There is also range of local support which Navigators can help you with on a one-to-one basis.
Technology based businesses, advanced manufacturing sector (including the marine and maritime sector) and the associated wider supply chain. The application process includes a Growth Audit undertaken by the University of Portsmouth Business School
Up to £20,000 on a 1:1 match funding
The aim of this grant is to ensure that businesses can achieve significant growth and create new employment opportunities
Up £150,000 on a 3:1 match funding
For more information view the Business Support Powerpoint in the attachments section below.
Business start up grants:
- Start up funding for people leaving local government
- University of Winchester offer Business Services
- Startups small business support
- Business development grants:
- Employment grants:
Childcare Business Grants Scheme – Government Equalities Offic
The Childcare Grants Scheme boosts the provision of childcare in England and to incentivise entrepreneurship. It will encourage and support the starting www.childcarebusinessgrants.dcms.gov.uk/
Other business grants:
- Winchester City Council's hardship rate relief
- Winchester City Council's Small Grant Scheme
- DEFRA funding
- The Forestry Commission has some grants available
- South Downs National Park has a Sustainable Communities Fund
- Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme
- HMRC Enterprise Investment scheme
- Landfill Community Funding
- Lottery Funding
- The Princes Trust
- Sustainable Routes Grants of up to £1,000 to help businesses and voluntary organisations reduce the impact of their travel on the environment
Want to know what other funding streams are available to you? Have a look at the websites below.
- Winchester City Council also has an Open4Community grant search website.
- J4B Grants - search for Government funding for businesses
- Princes Trust - give grants for education and training
- Barclays small business funding advice
- Rural Development Programme for England grant funding
- UK Government Grants
- Business Link's grant page