Grants & Funding

Grants and funding offers available

The Skills Service

The Skills Service offers a unique package of training and support for employers in the Leeds City Region

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.


Resource Efficiency Fund - Can offer free efficiency assessments, hands-on business support and up to 50% capital grant funding of up to £10,000 to help you save money and resources. Suitable for SME under 250 staff and a turnover of <£40m.

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.

Works Better

Are you an employer with suitable vacancies?
Works Better is a new ‘into-work’ programme that provides employers and organisations with motivated, committed and loyal staff.

PAPI Leeds City Region

The PAPI (Product and Process Innovation) grant scheme is now open in the Leeds City Region. The project is here to help the regions small businesses develop innovative new products by providing grants for equipment and support to eligible businesses.

ThinCats SME Business Loans

Loans for growing and ambitious small and medium-sized businesses in all areas of the UK and operating in all sectors.

Broadband for Rural Communities

As part of the Government’s Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme business and residents in some of the hardest-to-reach places in the UK are eligible for additional funding towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband to their premises when part of a group project.

Digital Enterprise 2.0

Digital Enterprise 2.0 our new and improved business support programme offering businesses in the Leeds City Region access to funding to invest in digital technology and opportunities to develop their digital skills.

HSCB Green Lending

A range of green finance initiatives are being provided to UK businesses of all sizes to strengthen their environmental sustainability.

FareShare Surplus with Purpose Fund

A fund for food businesses in the UK to offset the costs of sending good quality surplus food to good causes, helping the people who need it most.

CITB Grants

Our grants contribute to the cost of training and qualifying your workforce in construction-related subjects across the following three categories:

CITB Funds

CITB provide funding for specific projects relating to careers, innovation and training. If you can provide us with a plan for your training needs, or you have an idea for a project to improve performance for your employees or the industry as a whole

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.

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.

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

EFSI is an EU initiative which aims to help overcome the investment gap in the EU by mobilising private financing for strategic investments. It will support investment in strategic infrastructure including digital, transport and energy; education, research, development and innovation; expansion of renewable energy and resource efficiency; and support for smaller businesses and midcap companies.

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.


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!

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 £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.

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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