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Funding is provided to either effect some change in the economy such as create more jobs, innovation, green working, etc. or to address a market failure such as a lack of social enterprises. For this reason, criteria and eligibility is often very specific and funding may often take the form of paid for advice, zero interest loans or small grants that require a match contribution from the business. If you’re unsure whether you qualify for any of the schemes below please get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.

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The business finance guide provides a comprehensive overview of the financing options available to growing businesses. Whatever the challenges faced, the right financing decisions are critical. For business owners and management, awareness of the choices available allows the business to make a well-informed financing decision.

This link takes you to a helpful tool that guides you through the various options for finance: Find the right finance for you

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Local Grants & Funding

LOCASE Grant Scheme
  • £10,000 match funded  grant/support
  • Growth related projects
  • Sustainability must be a  feature
Apply here
Growth Loan in Medway
  • Established businesses only (2 years trading)
  • Up to £10,000 interest free
  • Must pay business rates in Medway
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Start Up Grant in Medway
  • Pre-start businesses only
  • Up to £1,000
  • Must pay business rates in Medway
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Green Business Fund
  • Up to 15% of equipment costs
  • £10,000 maximum
  • Installation of energy efficient equipment or low carbon products
  • Must use accredited supplier
Apply here
Start Up Loan + 12 months Mentoring
  • 18+ years old
  • Pre-start or trading less than 24 months
  • UK-based business
  • Up to £25,000 at 6% p.a. fixed for up to 5 years
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RGF Asset Grant Scheme
  • 20% grant towards capital cost
  • Must be part of an asset purchase plan
  • Must create or safeguard jobs
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LEADER Rural Grant scheme
  • Up to 70% of project costs
  • £50,000 maximum (neg.)
  • Location dependent
  • Must create jobs and growth
Kent Downs & Marshes East Kent LEADER West Kent LEADER
Innovate UK Grant Funding
  • Test new ideas and develop innovative products or services
  • Variety of schemes from £25,000 to £10,000,000
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UKTI Trade show Grant
  • Grant to attend organised overseas trade shows
  • £1,500 to £2,500 match funded
  • Stand and exhibition space costs
Tell me more
Invest in Innovation (i3) loan
  • Interest free loan for capital assets
  • £100k min – £500k max loan value
  • Variable application window
  • Must create jobs and growth
Register interest
Loans for Not for Profit Social Enterprises & Charities
  • Start-up or existing incorporated organisations
  • Enterprise based for benefit of people in KCC geographical area
  • Borrow £10,000 – £100,000 up to 5 years
  • Potential of grant assistance
  • Unsecured
  • Flat interest rate of 5% pa
Details via Kent Community Foundation

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