Grants available in Dorset

Funding to help your business take a step forward


***Applications for Dorset Growth Hub Grants are now closed for 2019. If you have not submitted your completed application form, please contact your grant advisor or e-mail Please note, all agreed grants will need to be claimed by 30th November 2019 ***



Other Grants Available to Dorset Businesses:

AUB Equipment Access Voucher

Prototype and test new products with free access to Arts University Bournemouth’s world-class facilities including SLS 3D printing, CNC routing, 3 and 5 axis CNC milling, digital textile printers, spray rooms and vac formers. Also, access support from staff and students for solutions to design problems.

Application Form: AUB-ERDF Access Voucher

Equipment Capabilities List

AUB Research and Innovation Grants

A grant of up to £5,000 (match funded 1:1) to help your business develop new products or services. From prototyping to minimum viable product you can claim back up to £5,000 of your development costs for consultancy and equipment.

Eligibility Form 


Application Form 

For more information and to submit your application for the Equipment Access Voucher and/or Research and Innovation Grant, please send to


RDPE Growth Programme

Just like LEADER these grants come from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).  They are aimed at increasing productivity and creating jobs in businesses and communities in the countryside. The fund is managed by the Rural Payments Agency

Who are the grants for?

  • Rural businesses
  • Food & drink producers
  • Rural tourism providers - commercial and community based.
  • Farm businesses wishing to diversify 

The window for expressions of interest opens Monday 4 November to midnight Sunday 16 February 2020. The grants are for projects with a minimum cost of £50,000 with a typical grant rate of 40%. Projects should expect to finish in September 2021. 

For more information -

Dorset Leader hope to hold an information session on these grants, to register your interest please e-mail