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.

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.

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).


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!

Connecting Europe Facility - Digital Telecommunications

The CEF aims to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at European level. It is divided into the three sectors: transport, energy and digital (telecommunications).

Exporting for Growth in Yorkshire & the Humber

Exporting for Growth is aimed at companies wanting to develop their international business or get started with international trade. In addition to the funding, companies will receive impartial and tailored advice from one of our International Trade Advisers who will be happy to assist you throughout the process and project.

Barclays £500 Million Northern Powerhouse Growth Fund

Barclays has launched a new £500m growth fund* for small and medium-sized businesses in the North of England as part of the bank’s commitment to support the Government’s Northern Powerhouse initiative.

Barclays £100,000 Unsecured Lending

Unsecured lending for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK.


A scheme to support businesses to recruit young people, aged 16-24, into employment with financial support in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield or York.

Creative England Investments

Interest free business loans of up to £250,000 are available to support creative and digital businesses based in England, outside of Greater London.

Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund (CASSH)

Funding available to support the development of specialist housing for older people and adults with disabilities outside London.

LEP Productivity Pilot

The LEP productivity pilot supports businesses in Leeds City Region to improve their productivity through capital grant investment.

The pilot is a competition with an open call and you are invited to apply for grants of between £25,000 and £100,00 to support capital investment projects that will lead to clearly-evidenced productivity improvements.

Cycle England: Business Grant Scheme

Welcome to Yorkshire has secured £1 million of funding for a project to create new bookable cycling holidays in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, targeting Dutch and German leisure cyclists.

Industrial Heat Recovery Support (IHRS) Programme

Funding for all industrial manufacturing sectors in the England and Wales to further understand the identified challenges and barriers to adoption, and to increase industrial confidence in deploying heat recovery technologies by working with industry to address these barriers.

NESTA Cultural Impact Development Fund

A £3.7 million fund providing small-scale repayable finance to socially-driven arts and cultural organisations.
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