Start-Up Business Grants – Guidelines for Applicants
The scheme is designed to encourage business start-up and self-employment within
South Bedfordshire. This will be done through the provision of discretionary grants
and business support.
How much will we fund?
Grants are available up to a maximum of £500 of eligible costs. Where possible, you
should also be investing your own resources into the business.
You must be able to demonstrate the need for the grant and show that traditional
sources of funding have been applied for and exhausted. Evidence of unsuccessful
loan and/or grant applications will be required.
Only one start-up grant can be awarded per business.
Please note that the grant is discretionary and subject to the availability of funds.
Who can apply?
Grants are only available to people who live in South Bedfordshire.
Your business must be new or been trading for less than twelve months.
All business sectors will be considered, except those deemed to be detrimental to the
area or those that may bring the name of the Council into disrepute.
What can you use the grant for?
Grants are only available for capital expenditure, for example:
- Office equipment
Grants cannot be used for cash flow related expenditure, general running costs, or
for paying off existing debt.
How to apply
You must submit a completed application form. This should be sent to:
South Bedfordshire District Council
The District Offices, High Street North
Bedfordshire, LU6 1LF
On receipt of a completed application form, an appointment will be arranged for
applicants to meet with a business advisor who can assist with the completion of a
How your application is assessed
Your application will be checked to see if it meets the criteria outlined above.
If the criteria are met, you will be asked, with assistance from a business advisor, to