The Rural Enterprise Programme offers grants to businesses (who sell to other businesses) to help them sympathetically convert under-utilised buildings or construct new workspaces, to increase productivity and/or create/safeguard jobs.
The Programme operates across Staffordshire and areas of Stoke-on-Trent.
Capital grants range between £10,000 and £65,000 or up to 40% of the total eligible costs of the project, whichever is the lowest. Eligible applicants must be able to provide a minimum of 60% as match funding.
Grants are awarded on a discretionary basis and will be at the minimum required to enable the project to proceed.
Applicants can be owner occupiers or owners proposing to lease premises for eligible uses or tenants with a fixed-term lease with at least 5 years unexpired and with written consent for the proposed works from their landlord.
What type of project can get funding under this scheme?
Eligible end uses include (non speculative) manufacturing, creative industries or service businesses and office premises.
Grants are not available for retail, agriculture or tourism end uses. The end use cannot be residential.
An application must be made and approved before work starts.
Eligible costs are those directly associated with the refurbishment or construction of workspaces including building works, installation of services (e.g. ICT and energy efficiency infrastructure), access, car parking and landscaping works where planning permission is required.
Successful applicants will need to demonstrate an increase in jobs created as a direct result of the grant.
Funds are not available for property purchase, internal fixtures and fittings or excessive landscaping.
In support of the application, the Staffordshire Growth Hub can provide signposting, diagnostic support and business improvement advice at no cost to the applicant.
For further information on the Rural Enterprise Programme contact Hilary Foxley on telephone 01785 277400 or email RuralEnterpriseProgramme@staffordshire.gov.uk.