Business and Community Grants

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Business Grants

Three levels of business grants are available via our Rural Innovation Grants scheme. Grant funding depends on the size of your business and project, business sector and other criteria.

Small Business Adaptation Grant

OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS. Micro and small buinesses are eligible to apply. For projects costing between £2,500 and £10,000. Grant intervention rate up to 80% (min grant £2,000 max grant £8,000.). Open to a range of sectors. More information.

Business Development Grant

OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS Micro and small businesses are eligbile to apply. For projects costing between £10,001 and £100,000. Grant intervention rate up to 50% (min grant £5,000 max grant £25,000). Open to a range of sectors. More information.

Business Growth Grant

OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS Micro, small and medium businesses are eligible to apply. For projects costing £50,000 to £150,000. Grant intervention rate up to 40% (min grant £20,000 max grant £40,000). Open to manufacturing businesses (especially advanced manufacturing and food and drink manufacturing) and engineering businesses (especially green and environmental engineering). More information

Community Grants

OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS. For eligible voluntary and community sector organisations, not for profit organisations, social enterprises and parish and town councils. Grants to support community-led projects. This grant scheme is delivered on our behalf by Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Services (DDCVS). Grant intervention rate is up to 80% / min grant £4,000 / max grant £25,000. More information

These grant schemes are funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-prospectus

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Case Studies

  • Bruno Cardona

    A £4,288 Business Adaptation Grant has enabled a landscaper gardener to offer a new service of chimney sweeping.

  • Thompson Tree Services (UK) Ltd

    A £25,000 Business Development Grant has enabled the purchase of new equipment for this Wirksworth based arboricultural company.

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    Brosterfield Engineering Services Ltd / Peak Tractors Ltd

    A £14,252 Business Development Grant for new equipment has enabled this Rowsley-based family business to bid for new contracts.

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Help for Your Business

Starting Your Business

When setting up your own business, preparation is key - we're here to provide guidance and signposting to ensure you are well equipped to deal with the journey ahead. Get the information you may need when starting up and running your business, as well as further advice and useful links.

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Running Your Business

Setting up and running a business can be a challenge but help is on hand from Derbyshire Dales District Council and others to help make the journey as painless as possible. Established businesses can get help directly from our business adviser and many other useful resources.

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Growing Your Business

Once your business is well-established and profitable you may want to grow and expand it further. If you are not satisfied with maintaining your current operation and want to increase your market share, and profits, you'll need to develop a solid strategy for business growth.

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Funding Your Business

Whether you are looking to launch a start-up, expand your current business, or become more resource efficient, you will most likely need some financial support. Business funding can come in many forms and we are ideally placed to advise you on the latest and most suitable options.

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