Business Development Grant

Funded by UK government logo

Developing your businesses but need help with funding? If so you may be eligible for up to 50% grant funding via our Business Development Grants scheme. Applications are now open.

Who can apply?

The Business Development Grants are for:

  • Micro or small businesses operating from business premises.
  • Development projects costing between £10,001 and £100,000. The project should aim to meet one or more of the following objectives: stimulate enterprise and innovation; enhance business resilience; improve business productivity, encourage green business growth/carbon reduction; and enable the creation of higher paid / higher skilled roles.
  • Businesses in the following sectors: Manufacturing; Engineering; Knowledge Based and Digital sector, Hospitality & Tourism (inc. accommodation, visitor attractions and activity providers) and Farm Diversification. Service and Construction sector businesses may be eligible to apply if 50% or more of their turnover is derived from business to business transactions.

How much grant is available?

Minimum grant £5,000, maximum grant £25,000.The remainder of the funding must be provided by the applicant business. Only one application per qualifying business/linked business will be accepted.

What is eligible?

Eligible expenditure includes the following costs where it can be demonstrated that the proposed investment will directly support the objectives of the grant scheme. Proposed expenditure needs to be new to the business and not ongoing costs:

  • new equipment or technology required to develop/diversify/grow the business inc. new to the firm technologies or processes, more efficient production processes and capital expenditure to enhance energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of the business.
  • digital adoption inc. investment in e-commerce and on-line booking systems
  • capital expenditure to enable premise adaptations to support business expansion where the occupier is the applicant business. No funding is available for capital improvements to property which is subsequently let to other users.
  • buying in specialist consultancy services to develop/diversify/grow the business*
  • buying-in bespoke training necessary to upskill the workforce and address skills shortages inc. training for business owners, employers, managers or employees*

*unavailable through other provision / capped at £8,000

How to apply

Read the Business Development Grant guidance to see if you may be eligible.

If you then wish to apply you must first register your interest. We advise that you first read our Registration Form Guidance before starting your registration and also that you read the Grant Process for Applicants which provides an overview of the process.

When you have completed your registration you will be notified (by email) if you are eligible to apply for a grant. If so you will be sent a link to submit your application.

Jobs Safeguarded Form

Specification Guidance

This initiative is 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

Case Studies

Learn how funding has helped others

200 wide DDDC Levelling Up for webpages

Case Studies

  • The team at Independent Hostels

    Independent Hostels Ltd

    A £7.8k Business Adaptation Grant has enabled the purchase of new software for the company’s online booking system.

     
  • office building at Alphaweld

    Alphaweld Ltd

    A £24,454 Business Development grant has enabled the installation of new LED lighting and solar panel at this Calver-based engineering company.

     
  • Gas Blender

    CEM Solutions (UK) Ltd

    A £17,242 Business Development Grant has enabled the purchase of new equipment at this Darley Dale based company to extend their services to industry.

     

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More