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A selection of non-repayable grants available to your business


There is a huge range of local, regional and national funding options to support your start-up and growth plans. Below is a small selection of non-repayable grants for a project or equipment that meets specific criteria and eligibility. There’s a lot more! Get in touch with the Growth Hub team today to find out what’s available for your business.

Business Growth Grant

Capital grants from £2,000 to £25,000 for eligible SMEs.

DIT Internationalistion Fund

The Department for International Trade has launched its new European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) for eligible East Midlands businesses. Match-funded grants of between £1000 and £9000 will be available for future activity.

Aerospace Unlocking Potential

Grants between £1,000 and up to £100,000 over up to 18 months for research projects to develop innovative technologies or products and services for the aerospace industry. Plus access to free support and events.

SHIRE Environment Grant

This scheme, run by Leicestershire County Council, aims to help projects that minimise household waste, reduce carbon emissions and improve biodiversity through new and innovative projects. Grants up to £3,000 available. Next round of funding closes on 26 February 2021.

Kickstart Scheme

If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people, check if you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

SPRING from The iNet

Supporting Productivity Innovation & Growth – SPRING provides grant funding towards external costs of projects aiming to introduce new capabilities, enhanced capacity or a significantly improved product, process or service.

PROSPER from The iNet

Grant funding towards external costs of innovation and product development projects. Up to £40,000 on capital projects with 30% contribution and £12,000 on revenue projects with 31% contribution.


Phase 2 is now open – offering grants from £1,000 to £7,000 to eligible SMEs in Leicester and Leicestershire towards the cost of energy efficiency measures.

Digital Growth Programme

Grants for the introduction of new systems and software to improve business performance and productivity. Grants from £2,000 – £25,000 are available (higher project values will be considered) with a 35% intervention rates.

Leicester Innovation Hub

Innovation vouchers up to £4,000 (consultancy, analytical services and
sustainability audits) are available to use with the University of Leicester for qualifying SMEs interested in developing new products, services and processes.

Manufacturing Growth Programme

Supporting SME manufacturers to grow by identifying, understanding and removing barriers to growth and enabling sustainable business improvement. Grants up to 35% towards an improvement project, grant value starting from £1000.

NBV Grant for Enterprise and Grant for New Business

Grants of between £1000 and £2500 available. This is for a maximum of 25% of eligible costs for equipment and consultancy on a match funded basis. The minimum project spend is £4000.

Exploring Enterprises

Fully funded support for 18-30 year olds from the Prince’s Trust that want to explore setting up their own business. Support includes workshops, one-to-one support, a £250 market test grant and access to low interest start up loans up to £5000.

Medilink - SoLSTICE

Life Science companies in the LLEP area can access support to develop new and existing products and services. Innovation grants up to £20k, Med tech trials grants up to £50k and specialist networking event grants up to £3k.