Local Access to Finance

Listed below are current sources of local funding for businesses in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire region. Search for nationally operated funding schemes.

Arts Derbyshire


Business and individuals in the creative sectors.

Ashfield and Mansfield Apprenticeship Grant

Ashfield and Mansfield District Council areas

Mansfield District Council, through their Regeneration Service in partnership with Ashfield District Council offer grants to eligible employers on a first come first served basis of between £1,000 and £1,500 to take on apprentices aged between 19-2

Ashfield and Mansfield Business Growth grant

Ashfield and Mansfield District Council areas

The Business Growth grant of up to £5,000 is available to established businesses who produce a viable 'Growth Plan' that will result in the creation of at least two full time jobs. The grant can be used in those instances where the business requires

Ashfield and Mansfield Business Rate Relief

Ashfield and Mansfield District Council areas

Ashfield and Mansfield District Councils will award up to £1,000 of discretionary rate relief in 2015-16 to occupied retail premises with restrictions on eligibility

Ashfield and Mansfield Business Start Up grant

Ashfield Mansfield District Council areas

Mansfield and Ashfield District Councils are offering a 'Business Start Up' grant of up to £1,000 is available to individuals who are looking to start a business. The grant can be used towards start-up costs including the purchase of machinery and equipment

Ashfield and Mansfield Shop Front Improvement Grant

Ashfield and Mansfield District Council areas

The shop front improvement grant will provide up to £5,000 to independent retailers already occupying premises, who wish to make alterations or repairs to their shop front. The shop front improvement grant will provide up to £5,000.

Ashfield and Mansfield Vacant Shops Grant

Ashfield and Mansfield District Council areas

The vacant shops grant is open to independent retailers taking occupation of a retail property that has been vacant for at least three months. A grant of up to a maximum of £4,000 per property is available

Bassetlaw Enterprise Grant


Can offer a single grant payment of up to £2,000 to people who wish to set-up a commercially viable small business within the Bassetlaw District area; and small businesses within the area in the first two years of trading.

Big House CDI Grant

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

Support for businesses in the creative and digital industries sector to start and grow.

Big House Elevator Grant

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

Funding to subsidise the cost of freelance talent or expertise to help you with a new project

Bolsover Business Growth Fund (BGF)

Bolsover, South Normanton and Shirebrook

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to help businesses grow or create new jobs within the District of Bolsover

Business Investment Fund

Bolsover, Bassetlaw, NE Derbys, Chesterfield, Derbys Dales

Accessible through the Sheffield City Region Access to Finance service

D2 Enterprise Growth Fund


Grant funding to a maximum of £50k for eligible investment and job creation by firms outside of the Derby travel to work area but within Derbyshire

D2N2 Growing Places Fund

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

Loans to individual companies or organisations are now being offered of between £250,000 and £2million to finance capital (building and infrastructure) investment, resulting in business growth and job creation.

D2N2 Growth and Innovation Programme

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

A partnership initiative led by EMB bringing together Derby and Derbyshire Enterprise Growth Fund, D2 Enterprise Growth Fund and Invest to Grow

Derby Enterprise Growth Fund

Derby and Derbyshire

Derby Enterprise Growth Fund offer loans and grants for enterprises who have the ability to grow and create jobs

East Midlands Business Angels

East Midlands Business Angels Ltd raises investment capital for growing companies. Investments completed range from £20,000 to over £1 million. Our investors back talented, committed managers running businesses.


Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

Support with the cost of recruiting and training new members of staff

Energy for Business

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

Capital grant for businesses who wish to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions or who are implementing sustainable energy technologies


Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

ENSCITE will provide a package of business support activities aimed at local SMEs in the Transport Equipment Manufacturing supply chains to facilitate
growth, improve competitiveness and create jobs

Enterprise Ventures SME Loans

East Midlands

Loans ranging from £150k up to £1m can be used to help you to purchase fixed assets, materials or fund operational costs. Aimed at businesses which have 3 years trading history, minimum £1m turnover, £100k operating profit, current or anticipated

Export for Growth

Sheffield City Region

Funding to support firms based in the Sheffield City Region that are new to exporting or those that are already exporting


Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

Supporting new and established life science companies through funding, events and advice from sector specialists

Invest to Grow

East Midlands

Around 30% funding for investment and development plans that will create sustainable jobs in growth sectors.

LEADER Funding

Bolsover and North East Derbyshire

Specific focus will be given to supporting farm productivity, developing small businesses, tourism, heritage developments and boosting the woodland economy through forestry improvements.

LEADER Funding

South Nottinghamshire Rural Areas

Rural parts of Rushcliffe, Gedling and Ashfield. Specific focus will be given to supporting farm productivity, developing small businesses, tourism, heritage developments and boosting the woodland economy through forestry improvements.

Leader Funding

North Nottinghamshire Rural Areas

Rural parts of Newark and Sherwood, Bassetlaw and Mansfield.Specific focus will be given to supporting farm productivity, developing small businesses, tourism, heritage developments and boosting the woodland economy through forestry improvements.

Markham Vale Enterprise Zone

Markham Vale

Business located in Markham Vale Enterprise Zone qualify for incentives including Enhanced Capital Allowances and Business Rate Relief.

Midlands Engine Investment Fund


The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), supported by the European Regional Development Fund, provides commercially focussed finance through Small Business Loans, Debt Finance, Proof of concept and Equity Finance funds.

N2 Energy Grant Fund


Support for small and medium sized businesses in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to reduce energy use and CO2 emissions

NBV Grant for Enterprise

Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire

Grants of between £1000 and £2500 are available up to a maximum of 25% of eligible costs for the growth or diversification of existing micro, small and medium sized businesses based in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

NBV Grant for New Business

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

Grants for businesses registered with Companies House or HMRC that are ready to start trading and selling to other businesses

Nottingham City Shop Front Grant

Nottingham City

Grants for restoration projects aimed at businesses with modern shop fronts in historic buildings in Nottingham City's Old Market Square, Lace Market and Sneinton Market

Nottingham Creative Quarter Loan Fund

Nottingham City

The Creative Quarter Loan Fund provides loans from £500 to £25,000 at a preferential rate to both new start-ups and existing businesses based within the Creative Quarter.

Nottingham Foresight Nottingham Fund


The £40 million Foresight Nottingham Fund is a dedicated regional growth fund that has been created to support small and medium sized companies in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire seeking to make investments between £100,000 and £2 million

Nottingham Jobs Fund

Nottingham City

The Nottingham Jobs Fund (NJF) helps you to create jobs and Apprenticeships for those who are 18+ in the city. Work closely with businesses to encourage job creation for unemployed residents.

Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme East Midlands

East Midlands

The Prince's Trust Enterprise programme is for young people aged 18-30 who are interested in self employment. It offers support, loans & business start-up training to those who have a business idea

Rural Community Energy Fund

Specific council areas

Though a national scheme managed by WRAP, the fund is only available in certain rural communities in England which include the local authority areas of Bassetlaw, Derbyshire Dales, High peak, Newark & Sherwood, North East Derbyshire, and Rushcliffe.

Rushcliffe Shop Front Improvement Grant

The shop front improvement grant will provide up to £5,000 to businesses improving their frontage in the town centre areas of Bingham, West Bridgford (including Melton Rd), East Leake and Radcliffe.

Small Loans for Business

East Midlands

Loans to support new and existing businesses secure services, purchase equipment or meet a shortfall in funding for specific new projects

Social Enterprise Exchange

Bolsover, Bassetlaw, NE Derbys, Chesterfield, Derbys Dales

Funding to support social enterprise growth in the Sheffield City Region


Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

StayAhead offers grant funding to SME’s to access training solutions for their existing workforce. Individuals must work in one of five target sectors: construction, creative and digital industries, health and social care, low carbon or transport equipment manufacturing.

Travel Choice

Newark and Mansfield

Offers free transport planning and advice services for businesses and target groups to encourage sustainable travel and connect people with employment and training opportunities


UK Steel Enterprise

Steel industry areas

Loan finance for start-up, expansion, acquisition and buy-out as well as equity finance for growth and company acquisition. Eligible companies will be in steel industry areas including Chesterfield and Worksop

Workplace Travel Service

Nottingham City

Funding to help meet the costs of workplace travel improvements, such as electric vehicle charge points, cycle parking, showers, pool bikes, car sharing and car parking management