The Growth Hub has a range of grant funding for trading businesses and sole traders.

Get in touch to discuss your project ideas and the support we can offer with the application process;

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What are the grants for?

The grants aim to encourage businesses that have the ambition and capacity to grow and improve their productivity whilst also delivering improvements in environmental sustainability and enhancing social responsibility. 

The grants can fund activity that will help your business to grow, but you must be able to show how it will create a positive economic impact for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. 

Minimum grant value of £2,500 and the average expected grant value varies between the funds. 

Who are the grants for?

Any trading business, sole trader, social enterprise, Community Interest Company or legally constituted organisation can apply for a grant. 

Applicants must use their grant to create a positive outcome for the local economic community such as:

  • Create new jobs
  • Safeguard existing jobs
  • Increase productivity 
  • Introduce new products to the business
  • Adopt new technologies or processes in the business
  • Reduce Greenhouse gas 

We can't fund...

Start up businesses - your business must already be trading to receive a grant.

We cannot fund new for old or replacement goods and services - essentially business as usual activity. 

We cannot fund wages or salaries with the export or business growth grant funding. We could potentially fund wages and salaries if you have an RD&I project but each project is on a case by case basis. 

Your business must...

Provide at least 50% match funding. 

Cashflow the total cost of your project as grants will be claimed retrospectively.

Contribute to the Good Growth Principles.

How do I apply?

Tell us more about your business and we can discuss your ideas in more detail in a free business review. We will also discuss your wider business opportunities and challenges to signpost you to any other support or training you may need.

We can also look at resources to help you gather evidence, or benchmarking you can undertake, to show the need for the grant funding. 

If the grant funding looks right for you, we will pass you to our Grant Facilitator Team who will help you to develop your project and apply for funding. 

After you receive your grant...

We will keep in touch to support you throughout the delivery of your project, to make sure you are on track to achieve the goals you set out as part of your application. 


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