Second round of grant funding for local businesses launching soon

Small enterprises across the district will be able to boost their business thanks to a second round of Enabling Grant funding from Chichester District Council.

The scheme will open for applications on Wednesday 22 September and follows the first round of funding, which launched in April this year.

Managed by the council’s Economic Development Team, the Enabling Grant Scheme will give small businesses in the Chichester District the opportunity to access funding that will help them to grow and develop.

There are three types of grants and businesses can apply for one of these options:

  • Capital projects — a grant of up to £2,000 to help fund capital projects, such as the purchase of new equipment to improve productivity or to reach new markets (with the council providing up to 50% of the project cost and the balance match funded by the business).
  • Website and social media projects — funding of up to £1,500 to assist with the creation and development of a business website and/or social media channels (with the council providing up to 50% of the project cost and the balance match funded by the business).
  • Start-up awards — a fully-funded grant of up to £500 for start-up businesses (this does not need to be match funded).

“We had a fantastic response from local businesses when we launched the first round of applications back in April, and we are delighted to be able to support even more businesses with this second pot of funding,” says Councillor Tony Dignum, Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration at Chichester District Council.

“We have created some guidance notes to help businesses understand the types of projects that are eligible and the information that needs to be provided with the application. These notes are available to view here:

“Please make sure that you have read the guidance notes carefully before you apply. All valid applications will be evaluated by our Economic Development Officers and assessed against the guidance notes on our website. The decision process may take up to six weeks from the application closing date.”

Businesses can find out more about the scheme and read the guidance notes at For more information, email

Applications open on Wednesday 22 September and will close on Wednesday 13 October.

This is just one of the ways in which the council’s Economic Development Team can support local businesses. The team offer a range of different services, including a business contact scheme. For more information, visit

Notice Date: 24/09/2021