There are a number of locally and nationally available grants programmes that can support your business to grow.



Business Security Grant Scheme – Leicester City: small businesses can apply for funding of up to 50% of the total purchase price of security measures, up to a maximum grant of £1,500 per application.

Collaborate: Growing Business Together: A comprehensive business growth programme for Leicester and Leicestershire.  This business support programme offers one-to-one support, events, workshops and grants up to £25,000 providing 33% towards the cost of capital projects.

Discretionary Rate Relief Grants: Grants up to £150000 over 3 years to support fast-growing businesses in the city to help them expand to larger premises and to help attract inward investment.

Digital Business Growth Programme: Grant Founding and support businesses in the effective use of digital technology solutions. 

Engineering Student Placement Grant: Loughborough University has been chosen by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers to pilot a new Placement scheme for Engineering students who are undertaking I MechE accredited degree courses.

Grant for Enterprise: Grant funding of between £1,000 and £2,500 at an intervention rate of 25%. Grants can be used to purchase equipment or consultancy services.

Green BELLE: Provides up to £10,000 grant funding  and support for energy efficiency improvements.

Harborough District Apprenticeship Grants: Employers with less than 150 employees can apply for an additional grant of up to £750.00 when taking on a new apprentice from Harborough District.

Key Fund for Social & Community Businesses: offering grants, loans and equity from £5,000 to £150,000 to organisations in the East Midlands who have social and community aims and have been refused funding from elsewhere.

Medilink soLSTICE (Leics): Smart Life Science Technology Innovation & Commercialisation Enabler offers high quality innovation support to businesses in or transitioning to the life sciences sector.  Minimum £1,000 up to £10,000 grant funding is available at 30% intervention towards project costs.  Expertise and connection to networks will be available through this programme.

Productivity And Capability Enhancement (PACE): The project will use ERDF funding to assist SMEs to increase their capabilities, productivity and competitiveness and take calculated risks in implementing new products, processes and service improvements.

Seraphim Capital – Space Tech FundSeraphim Capital has launched the world’s largest ever, early-stage, space-sector venture fund.

Shepshed Shop Front Improvement Grants:  Landords, retailers and businesses in Shepshed town centre can apply for up to £3000 at 50% match funding to enhance the appearance of their premises.

Smart Innovation & Network Growth (SING): Fully funded support and 43% match grant funding is available to innovative businesses that want to develop new products, processes and services

Technology Grant Fund:  Grants are available for eligible businesses who are introducing and developing new systems and software to improve business performance.



EPI_AGRI Grants – Innovation for farmers and foresters – Grants of £5K to £150K offering up to 100% towards project costs and can be used in conjuction with other Rural Payments Agency funds

LLEP Rural Growth Programme – Grants of £35K to £140K offering up to 40% of project costs for tourism, food & drink manufacturing, rural workspace and farm diversification

Village Shop Grant Scheme – Grants up to £3,000 to enhance existing shops and develop new shops selling essential fresh produce

North Warwickshire, Hinckley & Bosworth LEADER – Grants of £2.5K to £35K for local businesses, groups or organisations to help them carry out projects which create jobs, help businesses to grow and which benefit the rural economy. 

Prince’s Countryside Fund – provides more than £1m in grants each year to projects across the UK. Grants of up to £50,000 are available for innovative projects that will provide a lasting legacy to the individuals and communities they seek to benefit.



East Leicestershire LEADER Grants of £2.5K to £35K for East Leicestershire rural businesses who are developing a thriving short-stay destination for people interested in: fine food and drink, culture and heritage, field and outdoor pursuits or are a home-based business or micro enterprise with confidence to grow




Architectural Heritage Fund: Grants up to £25,000 are available for any work that is essential for taking a project forward towards the goal of revitalising an historic building

Discover England Fund: Grant funding available up to £250K for projects that drive inbound tourist visits and expenditure through delivering bookable tourism products, in response to market opportunities and consumer needs.

Electric Vehicle Grants – businesses can apply for up to £4,500 towards the cost of an electric car and up to £8,000 towards the cost of an electric van (max weight 3.5 tons)

Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Fleet Support Scheme:  £2 million funding competition for private and public sector fleets to buy or lease hydrogen fuel cell cars and vans.

Fit For Nuclear: Grants up to £10,000 match funding to help manufacturing companies in England get ready to bid for work in the civil nuclear supply chain.

Heritage Lottery Fund: a range of funding grants from £3,000 to £5m to support not for profit organisations with heritage projects across the UK

Horizon 2020: A EU grant programme for collaborative research and innovation projects between different EU countries

Innovate UK: A national programme of grant funding competitions to support R&D and innovation in small businesses

Tees Valley Business Support Grants: supports all supply chain companies nationwide affected by the closure of SSI Steelworks in Redcar.  The grant fund supports 50% of a project cost up to a maximum of 200,000 euros (approx £140,000).  Minimum grants are £10k.

Textile and Fashion Children’s Trust:  gives financial support to families who work or recently worked in the UK fashion and textile industry. Grants start at £250 and can provide practical help during a tough financial spot.

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund: offering funded energy assessments to SME’s to help them identify energy saving opportunities. A grant fund is also available offering 15% or up to £10,000 towards the cost of buying energy saving equipment.


BUSINESS GRANTS – European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF 2014-2020)

This local growth programme will bring £111m of European funding to Leicester and Leicestershire.  There are a number of key goals to deliver through the ESIF programme including:

  • generating over 2000 new jobs
  • linking higher and further education with private sector to support over 6000 businesses
  • helping 1,000 new business starts, improve survival rates and support business growth
  • provide skills development and employability opportunities for over 31,000 people

For further information about the local ESIF strategy Visit

Business support schemes and funding are now live under this programme.  To find out what support is available and keep up to date with with developments, please: