Enabling Grants funding in Chichester available from April 2022 to help small businesses grow

enabling grant funding in chichester for growing small businesses

Enabling Grants from Chichester District Council

Grant funding which has helped boost economic growth and create new job opportunities across Chichester District has been confirmed for another year.

The £71,000-worth of Enabling Grants from Chichester District Council will give small businesses in the Chichester District the opportunity to grow and develop.

  • Businesses will be able to apply for up to 50% of the total cost of growth projects, subject to a maximum of £2,000. The grants will not be offered to fund spend incurred by businesses retrospectively.
  • Smaller grants up to a maximum of £500 will be available for start-up businesses, without the need for match funding from the applicant.

Just over £71,000 is being made available to businesses from April 2022, from the pooled Business Rate Fund.

Grants awarded and job opportunities

Councillor Tony Dignum, Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration at Chichester District Council, said: “We are delighted that from 2016, Chichester District Council has awarded 182 grants to businesses across the district, with many seeing their business turnover increase.

“This has created economic growth and new job opportunities in the district. Enabling Grants have previously funded a range of projects including apprenticeships, new websites, the purchase of equipment to develop new products and services and upgrading of shop interiors.

“The scheme gives small businesses the confidence to try something new and has enhanced the entrepreneurial spirit across the district. In turn, that has increased access to new markets for small enterprises and encouraged investment by small business owners.”

Applications to meet environmental standards

The criteria for the latest round of funding will see green projects prioritised. “Chichester District Council has a robust Climate Change Action Plan, and we are doing all we can to keep carbon emissions low,” said Cllr Dignum.

“That is why we are making sure applicants consider environmental sustainability within their project proposals. Applications from businesses providing green jobs will be prioritised.”

The new Enabling Grants scheme will be launched from April 2022 and managed by the council’s Economic Development Service. Further information will be available nearer the time. www.chichester.gov.uk/business


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