The Business Recovery and Growth Fund (BRGF) is a competitive, discretionary grant fund targeted at new and existing businesses based in North Lanarkshire to support their strategic, longer-term sustainability and growth.
BRGF grants will provide 50% of eligible project costs (excluding VAT), up to a maximum grant award of £20,000 to fund specific activities to help businesses recover, adapt, and diversify their operations.
Businesses can apply for grant support towards the following project types. The maximum grant award under each grant category during 2021/22 is as follows. In each case grants can only contribute up to 50% towards eligible project costs.
Grant support types and maximum award:
- £20,000 for combined capital expenditure and infrastructure projects
- £20,000 for capital expenditure projects
- £20,000 for infrastructure improvement projects
- £5,000 for consultancy support projects
- £4,000 for exhibition support projects
- £4,000 for training support projects
To be eligible, your business must be able to meet all of the following criteria:
- The business is based in North Lanarkshire. Note: Applications from home-based businesses will only be considered in exceptional cases.
- The business is a micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (up to 250 employees).
- The business turnover is expected to reach a minimum level of £85,000 within 12 months of the date of the application.
- The business does not operate in an ineligible sector: gambling and betting or drinking place (bars/public houses).
- The business is not a ratepayer of a business in the retail sector operating in premises with a rateable value of £51,001 or over.
- The business has not incurred any project-related expenditure until after a formal decision on the grant application has been received.
- The business owns the business premises or has more than 12 months remaining on a commercial lease at the date of application.
- Home-based businesses must be Limited Companies and trading (not incorporated) for more than 12 months and will only be considered for support in exceptional cases.
- The business is not connected to a tax haven, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No. 2) Act 2020.
- The business can clearly justify why external funding is needed for the project.
Projects seeking grant support must clearly demonstrate a significant contribution towards sustainability or growth in relation to business turnover and employment within 12 months of project completion. Alignment with one of the following key themes:
- sustain or create employment and/or training opportunities
- supporting innovation to develop new and/or improved products, processes or services
- assisting growth into new domestic markets
- assisting export development and internationalisation
- supporting the adoption and integration of digital technologies and e-commerce in line with the council’s Digital Economy and Place Ambition
- encouraging the adoption and integration of green technologies and low carbon products, processes or services
- supporting the transition to a zero-carbon economic model and facilitating sustainable change and growth
Application Process & Guidelines
Please review the guideline notes before applying.
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