Grants & Funding

Grants and funding offers available

Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund

The Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund (“Leeds City Region RIF”) provides short term loans of over £1m to support businesses to accelerate economic growth and job creation within the Leeds City Region.

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Full fibre broadband connections offer the fastest and most reliable speeds available, and the government is committed to a vision of a full fibre Britain. As part of this commitment in March 2018 we announced our £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.


The Resource Efficiency Fund is the latest package of business support to be available to businesses across the Leeds City Region through the LEP’s Growth Service. The £2.65m programme, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, was launch on 2 February 2016.

Leeds LEP/Kirklees

If you want to grow your business, we can help. We support local small and medium-sized business to find the funding and expertise they need to grow and expand, either from the LEP or our network of partners.


The ERDF AD:VENTURE programme provides dedicated funded support to eligible pre-start, young and new businesses in the Leeds City Region.

The programme offers intensive, bespoke guidance to small and medium sized businesses under 3 years old. Support available includes; expert mentoring, events and workshops, finance brokerage, grants, business incubator space, one to one consultancy projects and peer to peer learning.


A business support programme that will help eligible small and medium sized businesses to develop their digital capacity and thereby helping them increase their overall performance (competitiveness, productivity and profitability).

LEP Grants

We provide grants of between £10,000 and £250,000 to small and medium sized businesses who are based in the Leeds City Region, or planning to invest here.

LEP Loans

We offer loans of between £500,000 and £1 million for businesses based or investing in the Leeds City Region, to support capital projects, focusing particularly on infrastructure.

Business Enterprise Fund

Tailored loans for businesses that are unable to access reasonable finance elsewhere.

Finance Yorkshire

Finance Yorkshire provides seedcorn finance, business loans and equity linked finance ranging from £15k to £2m for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME's*).

Funding Circle

The UK Government is lending £60m to businesses through Funding Circle, alongside thousands of people and other investors.

Prince's Trust

We work with 18 to 30-year-olds to turn big ideas into a business reality through our Enterprise programme. From training and mentoring support to funding and resources, we're with you every step of the way.


The Shell LiveWIRE programme offers free online business advice and funding to young entrepreneurs (Age 16-30) in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).

Start Up Loans

Start up loans are available up to £25,000, over 1-5 years at a fixed 6% interest p.a.

Ragdoll Foundation

Open Grants – supporting organisations working with children and young people using the arts and creative media. The Ragdoll Foundation Open Grant scheme supports non-profit organisations working with children and young people using the arts and creative media. Grants of up to £50k are available but the majority of grants awarded are likely to be in the region of £5k to £30k and cover between 25% and 80% of total costs.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

The Shared Ground Fund will provide organisations with the financial support they need to test new approaches and explore ways of addressing new challenges in this area of great change and uncertainty. It will also support organisations with an already strong track record of achievement with substantial help to achieve a greater impact.

Biorenewables Capital Grant Scheme

The BDC European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Project is able to support small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from Yorkshire and the Humber to develop their businesses through the use of biorenewable materials. Whether you are assessing a raw material, needing a new process to develop it, or looking for new bio-based products/ingredients, this funding could be for you.

Arts Council England Funding

The Arts Council invest money from government and the National Lottery in arts and culture across England.

Carbon Trust Green Business Fund

Energy efficiency support, energy assessments and funding for small and medium-sized businesses in England, Scotland and Wales

East Peak Innovation Partnership Leader Programme

The new EPIP LEADER programme 2015-2020 launched in April 2016. Our project budget has been confirmed at £1.1m over 4 years. The minimum grant available is £5,000 and the maximum is £40,000, at the rates shown below.

Santander Fund

Santander work in partnership with the University of Huddersfield to offer funding of up to £1500 for SMEs looking to expand their workforce with graduate talent.

European Fund for Strategic Investment

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank proposed the Investment Plan for Europe in November 2014, as an initiative to fight economic weakness lingering from the 2008 financial crisis. The aim was to relaunch investment and restore EU competitiveness, thus increasing growth and creating jobs.

Zero Power Water Monitoring Challenge

The European Commission is inviting European innovators to come up with solutions based on self-powered and wireless smart sensing technologies, designed for real-time monitoring of water resources.

The South Pennines LEADER programme 2015–2019

The South Pennines LEADER Programme runs until 2019, and has a budget available for projects that create jobs and economic growth. It’s an online process, and has recently been simplified, making the first step simply an Expression of Interest. However, it’s approximately a 7 month process from start to finish.

Small Employer Offer

We want to help small, local employers to employ disabled people and people with health conditions. If you're a business with 25 or fewer employees, we can give you extra support through Jobcentre Plus.

Manufacturing Growth Programme

Helping You to make Improvements by Identifying, Understanding and Removing Barriers to Growth. Our expert Growth Managers will work with you to establish practical steps to achieve business growth.

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, supported by the European Regional Development Fund, provides commercially focussed finance through Microfinance, Debt and Equity Finance funds.

Access Innovation

Access Innovation is a new package of support available for businesses to develop new products and processes. We can help you to access the specialist expertise needed by teaming up with the relevant research organisation.

SIAFS - Stimulating Innovation in the Agri-Food Sector

'Stimulating Innovation in the Agri-Food Sector' (or SIAFS for short), aims to help food & drink businesses, with under 250 employees, to develop and grow their businesses (for free).

Innovation Loans: Infrastructure Systems

For first of a kind deployment, businesses can apply for loans to commercialise innovative technologies in infrastructure systems.

RDPE Growth Programme

Grant funding for projects in England which create jobs and growth in the rural economy - what is available and how to apply.

IUK Open Sector Funding Competition Round 4

Innovate UK is investing up to £19 million in innovative R&D projects that involve developing products and services of the future. The competition is open to all UK companies.

Countryside Stewardship: Hedgerows & Boundaries Grant

Grants are available for farmers and other land managers in England to help provide environmental benefits on their land, such as the restoration of hedgerows, boundary fences, dry stone walls, stone-faced banks or earth banks, in order to protect the landscape, local wildlife and water quality.

Baldwins KickStart Young Entrepreneurs Awards

Annual award programme for young entrepreneurs in the UK who have a good idea and would like to start their own business.


Bikes are brilliant for business; they really are a win-win! Employees who travel by bike typically take fewer days off sick, they arrive feeling more alert and are more productive.

At CityConnect, we want to help you to be a Bike Friendly Business, where travelling by bike is the easiest and most convenient option. Sign up for Bike Friendly Business accreditation and we’ll support you in encouraging cycling at your organisation!

The Seed Fund

The Seed Fund aims to showcase the food talent in the UK by supporting start-up ideas to become fully formed brands and become long-term, sustainable businesses.

Medicines Manufacturing Challenge Fund Round Two

UK businesses can apply for funding from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to uncover innovative solutions to medicines manufacturing.

Water Environment Grant Scheme

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations, land managers, and public bodies for projects which deliver specific improvement to the water environment in rural England.

Innovation Loans: Open Competition

Loans for UK SMEs to fund game-changing innovation projects with strong commercial potential that will significantly improve the UK economy.

The F Factor Competition

A competition awarding funding to accelerate exceptional ideas for apps, games or technology businesses set up by young entrepreneurs in the UK who might otherwise not have access to inspirational investors or world-class technology experts.
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