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Grant Funding

The lack of repayment requirements means financial support in the form of grants is often the preferred option for most businesses.

Usually though many publicly funded grant initiatives cannot be applied for at the same time, so choosing the right option is vital.

Solent Local Enterprise Partnership

New Forest District now falls entirely within the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership area. The Solent LEP has various funding stream available, often for larger scale projects. For the details of the latest funds available from Solent LEP please click here

New Forest LEADER

The New Forest LEADER programme has been supporting New Forest businesses and community projects since 2015 and is due to finish in 2020. We anticipate that the remaining grant budget could be fully allocated by Spring 2020 with all successful projects completed, and grant claims submitted, by Autumn 2020.

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Jobseeker's Allowance and low income benefits

Details of schemes which can provide money and support to help you start or grow your own business if you're receiving certain benefits.

To be eligible you must be aged 18 or over, have a business idea and receive either jobseeker's allowance (or your partner does), employment and support allowance (or your partner does), or income support (if you're a lone parent, or you're sick or disabled).

For more information on eligibility, applications, and deadlines click here

HCC Rural Communities Fund

Rural retailers and community enterprises can apply for between £1,000 and £10,000 from the Hampshire County Council Rural Communities Fund.

Applicants must have match funding in place from other (non-Hampshire County Council) sources, and must contribute a minimum of 50% of total eligible costs.

Projects must be discussed with the Rural Communities Fund Team prior to submitting an application, email:

For more information on eligibility, applications, and deadlines click here

Innovate UK

Government-backed grant funding can be applied for through Innovate UK to research and develop a process, product or service, test innovation ideas, or collaborate with other organisations.

Innovation competitions are run throughout the year that give the chance to receive funding for specific products, sectors, or projects.

The amount available can vary from competition to competition.

For more information on eligibility, applications, and deadlines click here


Updated: 7 Feb 2020
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