Start the New Year with Funding Opportunities: Latest UK Grants

This week’s UK business funding covers schemes for business growth activities, promoting energy efficiency, revitalising high streets, and encouraging investment into rural business activity. Here are some examples of the latest featured UK grants:

1) Fuelling Business Expansion

This week UK funding providers are offering grants to fuel expansion for both online and offline activities.

i) Digital Grant by Highland Council: This program offers up to £5,000 to businesses in the Highlands seeking to enhance their online presence through website development, digital marketing, and e-commerce solutions.

ii) Business Growth Fund for Tyneside This fund provides capital grants of up to £300,000 to small businesses looking to expand or establish in the local authority areas of Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council, North Of Tyne Combined Authority and Sunderland City Council.

2) Embracing Energy Efficiency

The latest round of a long running energy efficiency grant from the UK Government is now available.

i) Heat Network Efficiency Scheme (Round 6) Revenue Funding by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: This latest funding round offers revenue funding worth up to £24,000 to upgrade the efficiency of existing district or communal heat networks, leading to cost savings and environmental benefits.

3) Revitalising High Streets

A number of local authorities are providing high street revitalisation grants, including for shopfront improvement activities, property conversion and enhancing security measures.

i) Dunoon CARS – Shopfront Grants by Argyll and Bute Council: This latest funding round provides up to £5,000 to Dunoon businesses for renovating their shopfronts, enhancing the visual appeal of the high street and attracting customers.

ii) Property Reuse and Conversion Interest Free Loan by Durham County Council: This scheme offers interest-free loans to support the conversion of vacant retail properties across Durham into viable business premises, contributing to the revitalisation of local high streets.

iii) Safer Shops West by the West of England Combined Authority: This initiative provides grants worth up to £2,000 for security measures like CCTV, alarms, and training to retail businesses in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire, aiming to improve safety and customer confidence.

4) Fostering Rural Growth

The Rural England Prosperity Fund offers a helping hand to micro and small rural businesses, empowering them to expand, innovate, and thrive in their local communities. These are some of the local areas that have recently made funding available:

i) Rural England Prosperity Fund – Small Scale Investments in Micro and Small Enterprises by Dorset Council: This program offers grants up to £20,000 to support micro and small rural businesses in acquiring equipment, developing products, expanding their reach and diversification away from traditional farming activities.

ii) Rural England Prosperity Fund – Small Scale Investments in Micro and Small Enterprises by Test Valley Borough Council: Test Valley has a funding pot totalling £800,000 to provide grants to empower rural businesses in the local area, including for acquiring equipment and for growth purposes.

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