Grants available in Dorset

Funding to help your business take a step forward

We help Dorset firms unlock essential grant funding

Commercial growth needs cash for new operations and new assets, and to support new ideas. We can help you access cash through a variety of grant finance opportunities (part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund).

These grants include:


Start-Up Grant
Completing our Business Essentials workshop entitles you to apply for our £1,000 startup grant - a valuable injection of finance for a new business. For more information, click below for the application guidelines and the Expression of Interest form:

Guidance for grant applications – Enterprise – 2019 (PDF document)

Click to download DBGP Grant EOI Enterprise template 2019 (Word document)


Digital Capability Grant
Successful applicants have used this grant to help fund new websites, new computers, new software and more. The grant is up to £1,500 (match-funded 1:1). Click below for more details. 

Guidance for grant applications – Digital Capability - 2019 (PDF document)

Apply using this Digital Capability Grant Expression of Interest form January 2019 (Word document)

"We just wanted to thank you for your help with the digital grant which we received recently and of course the UX workshop which set us on the path to the new website. It was all invaluable to us." Caroline, Morrish & Banham  


Capital Investment Grant

A grant of up to £1,500 (match funded 1:1) to assist business growth by stimulating new capital investment. Applicant businesses will need to evidence a viable current financial position from which their growth strategy is planned. See the guidelines below for more details.

Guidance for grant applications – Capital Investment – 2019 (PDF document)

Click to download DBGP Capital Investment Grant EOI template 2019 (Word document)


Growth Grant
Whether it’s a new IT system or a new warehouse, a Growth Grant can help get your project off the ground. Funding of up to £25,000 is available (match-funded 3:1) for projects that create employment, growth and innovation. 

Growth Grant applications are now closed. We are waiting on the outcome of a budget reallocation process. However, you are welcome to complete and submit an Expression of Interest, to be held on file should further funding becomes available.

Click to download DBGP Grant Expression of Interest template September 2018 (Word document) 


How it works
We provide a rigorous and prompt process of grant application, approval and payment, because we know that businesses can’t afford to stand still. Key aspects of our service include:

  • Helping you define specific and measurable outcomes from the projects for which you’re seeking finance, and assessing the level of commitment required to achieve results.
  • Most of our grants require you to raise match funding and take a specified number of hours of support from our business specialists.
  • If our grant schemes aren’t appropriate for your business, our finance specialists can help identify alternative grant programmes or other routes to raising capital.


Please note
All grants are subject to the applicant (individual or organisation) being eligible for funding and in most cases, providing match funding.

Grants are only available to individuals or organisations that engage (or have engaged) with the Dorset Growth Hub for business support.