Small Grant Fund

£500kfunding available
£20kmaximum award size
£15kminimum project costs

£500,000 has been made available for the Small Grant Fund to support SMEs, sole traders, partnerships and charities who can demonstrate they have a project that will lead to local low carbon or alternative energy projects/interventions and that are located in Derbyshire for the benefit of Derbyshire communities (excludes Derby City Council boundaries).  

The availability of GEP Small Grant funding is now limited and not all applications received will be successful. All projects should be delivered and expenditures completed by Summer 2024.  

We will no longer be accepting new Expressions of Interest for the Small Grants Fund.

Application requirements

All projects will need to demonstrate that this funding support will help them achieve:

Subject to public subsidy control rules projects could be awarded between £6,000 - £20,000 capital and revenue funding. There is a maximum 40% grant intervention rate with a minimum project spend of £15,000.

Applicants must be able to provide match funding for the grant and this must be in place before contracts can be issued. This will need to come from private sector sources such as bank loan, asset finance, company funds or director’s loan and/or from other public funding sources (where permitted). Where planning permission is required, evidence of early-stage discussions with planning authorities must be in place, and full funding will be dependent on planning permission being approved.


Eligible Costs 

Capital costs including:

Revenue costs including:

All project costs (capital and revenue) must be exclusive of VAT where applicable.

Ineligible costs

The programme does not support:

Location requirements

Applicants will be required to be located within the administrative boundary of Derbyshire County Council which includes the Districts and Boroughs of Amber Valley; Bolsover; Chesterfield; Derbyshire Dales; Erewash; High Peak; North East Derbyshire and South Derbyshire. Organisations based in Derby City Council administrative boundaries are not eligible.


You cannot start your project before you apply to the programme. An in-principle offer must be issued before work or expenditure on your project can begin. If work on your project has started (i.e orders for equipment, offers on a property, recruitment of a new starter) before this date, it is potentially ineligible for financial support.

The Small Grant Fund is open for applications, please begin by registering your interest below.

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