Business Start-up Grant

This grant scheme project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government's Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.

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The Business Start-up Grant is available for start-up and early-stage businesses, i.e., those who have been trading for less than 2 years, in the Uttlesford district.

Match funding

Total funding for the Business Start-up Grant scheme will be £31,000.

A maximum, match funded grant of £2,500 is available to eligible applicants.

The minimum application value is £500 and you will need to match fund any grant. For example, if the grant is £2,500, you will need to include £2,500 of your own money.

Your business will be required to pay the supplier for the full cost of the project before claiming the grant element. Therefore, you should have funds in place to cover all the costs of your project before you submit your application.

How to apply

You can apply by using our online form.

Apply now

Applications will close when the funding is fully allocated.

Before you start

Read the Business start-up Grant fund guidance for applicants.

Template documents

You will need to include with your application a business plan and cash flow forecast using our template documents.

Download a business plan template (PDF) [451KB]

Download a 12-month cash flow forecast template (gi.ui.mediatype.spreadsheets) [67KB] including a profit and loss statement

Other information to include

You will also need to provide other information, including:

  • your contact details including name, email and phone number
  • the intended spend and details of what you are applying for, should any grant money be awarded
  • 3 quotes for any single item costing more that £2,500
  • evidence of match funding
  • the business bank account details, bank name, address, sort code and account number for payment of any grants
  • a copy of a recent bank statement

Early start ups

For early start businesses you will be asked for some additional information, including:

  • name, trading name and address
  • website address
  • any company number, VAT or tax reference (UTR) numbers
  • the number of full and part time employees

After you have applied

Once your online application is received we will acknowledge receipt of your grant application via an email which will contain a copy of the application form.

If you do not receive an email from us, please contact as soon as possible to check your application has been received.


Grant awards

It is unlikely that there will be enough funding for every application received, some applicants may be offered a lower level of grant, and some will be unsuccessful.

We hope that these grants will help in supporting the development of a vibrant entrepreneurial business sector as well as increase the overall number of business start-ups across the district.

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