Capital Grants for Early Trading Small Businesses and Enterprises in North Yorkshire

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Programme Aims

The capital grants programme aims to foster business growth, productivity, investment, and sustainability among early trading small businesses in North Yorkshire. The initiative encourages enterprises to consider making ‘one small change’ to enhance their prospects for thriving and growing.

Funding Priorities

Priority will be given to applications demonstrating the grant’s potential for lasting impact. Examples include:

  • Business expansion
  • Increased supplier or associate numbers
  • Retention and attraction of long-term staff
  • Acquisition of new customers
  • Enhanced business resilience
  • Introduction of new products or services
  • Improved business efficiency

A total fund of up to £1,000,000 is available. Applications will be accepted from until Friday, 12 July.

Who can apply?

  • Early trading businesses and enterprises with fewer than 50 staff
  • Businesses based and trading in North Yorkshire
  • Businesses that have been trading between 6 to 24 months

Who cannot apply?

  • Businesses receiving DEFRA funding for the same project
  • Farm businesses (unless diversifying into non-farming areas)
  • Recipients of the 2023/24 Shared Prosperity Fund Small Business Grant
  • Pre-start-up or non-trading businesses
  • Businesses without landlord or planning permission (where required)
  • Applicants in debt to North Yorkshire Council
  • Businesses based in the City of York constituency areas

Funding Details

This capital grants programme funds the purchase of lasting assets such as machinery and equipment. It does not cover revenue costs, business continuity expenses, general IT upgrades, vehicles, training, recruitment costs, professional subscriptions, recoverable VAT, warranties, insurance, or projects that are already completed or will not finish by January 2025.

Grant Amount

Businesses can apply for grants ranging from £750 to £1,000, requiring 25% match funding. The total project cost must not exceed £3,000, and the grant request must not surpass £1,000.

Application Requirements

Applicants need to provide:

  • Quotes for the proposed purchases
  • A cashflow statement (current and projected)
  • A business or project plan
  • Trading accounts, if available

Applications must be submitted via the application form provided between 29 May and 12 July. For assistance or alternative application formats, contact

Apply for North Yorkshire Business Grants

Find out more and access the grant scheme here.

Further details of webinars to support your application can be found here.

Please note: this capital grants scheme is only available to early trading businesses in the North Yorkshire Council area. This does not include businesses in the City of York.

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