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‌LEADER funding 

Grow your rural business with grants of up to £170,000* from the LEADER fund

Financial support is available to Nottinghamshire based rural businesses looking to expand their operations and create new jobs with grants of up to £170,000*.

The grants can be used to invest in new equipment, improvements to business premises and machinery.

The money has been provided by the EU as part of the LEADER funding programme.

Who can apply?

Grants are available to rural businesses based in specific geographic areas of the county including parts of Gedling, Rushcliffe and Ashfield council areas.

Businesses eligible for support from the scheme include:

  • start-up, micro and small businesses
  • farming
  • forestry
  • rural tourism
  • rural services

Help and support for your funding application

Recognising that small business owners are often extremely busy, a dedicated support team is available to help you with your application. The team can discuss your idea, assess its likelihood of success and guide you through each step of the application process.

You’re in good hands - the same team has already helped many other local businesses secure £3.5m funding from the Nottinghamshire Economic Development Capital Fund over the past three years.

Find out more visit:

or call Craig Edson on 0115 977 2686.

Share with other businesses

To help maximise the potential impact of this grant funding opportunity please share this information with other local entrepreneurs and rural third sector service providers you may know. 

*The maximum grant value is €200k, equivalent to £170k subject to currency exchange rate fluctuations. 


Support with applications for ERDF calls  

D2N2 LEP is anticipating that the calls to support SMEs to innovate and be more competitive and productive in today's economy will be launched in early December 2017:

  • Priority Axis 1- Promoting Research and Innovation
  • Priority Axis 3 - Enhancing the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

The calls are expected to close by the end of January 2018.

To support organisations to understand the strategic priorities of the calls D2N2 LEP will be hosting free workshops across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

For more info, take a look at the D2N2 website.

Workshops are availble


Shop front support‌

The Shop Front Improvement Grant is a fund operated by Rushcliffe Borough Council that can offer financial support towards the improvement of shop fronts in the town areas of:‌

  • Bingham
  • West Bridgford
  • Radcliffe on Trent

Apply now:

Shop front improvement application form

Shop front improvement grant application guidance


Defra Grants

Defra launched £120million of RDPE Growth Programme funding through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Developments, the grants will fund projects which create jobs and growths in the rural economy. There are 3 types of grants available:

  • Business Development
  • Food Processing
  • Rural tourism infrastructure

The deadline for this grant has been extended until 31 May 2018

Click here for more information and to apply for grant

Nottingham Trent University - Enabling Innovation 

Nottingham Trent University work with small and medium businesses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to offer specific subsidised business innovation support through the Enabling Innovation programme. NTU offer support to develop and commercialise your ideas, helping you to develop new and improved products and services.

Rushcliffe Retail Booster

Kerching were appointed by Rushcliffe Borough Council, to perform a retail review of the borough's key commercial centres.  The results of the review were shared with growth boards for each centre, and local retailers at workshops.

Kerching offer 12 month’s free membership to their learning portal: Exclusive to Rushcliffe Borough Businesses. (Usual price £49 per year)

GREAT Business Support

The GREAT Business Website brings together all Government services to business in one place -   

There is a Business Support Helpline, tel: 0300 456 3565 (Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 6.00pm) that offers free advice and guidance for new and existing businesses. Businesses can get up to an hour of free, expert advice. Great Business also provides advice over a live chat online via their website.

You can also get help via social media:



Further information on business and finance support is available at Their Business finance and support finder is a free to use service to help businesses locate suitable funding.

Rushcliffe Borough Council does not endorse, promote, review, or warrant the accuracy of the schemes or information provided by external parties and no liability is accepted arising from reliance upon the information accessed via this site.