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Business support

We are closely involved with a wide range of projects to provide support and guidance for all types of business in Devon.

ERDF Innovation in Healthy Ageing         European Regional Development Fund logo

A ground breaking programme to generate innovation and growth in the business and voluntary sectors supporting healthy ageing. The project will support the private and voluntary sectors covering medical technology and health care to fund the development of new products and services which could transform how people age healthily in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. Support is available to eligible businesses from Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.

Further information can be found on the Innovation in Healthy Ageing webpage or by emailing us.

ERDF Growth Support Programme         European Regional Development Fund logo

The Growth Support Programme offers eligible SMEs an initial 3 hour diagnostic to support their plans to grow or expand.  Businesses will be then be offered the opportunity to access a further 9 hour support package of three modules, which are each 3 hours long. These are modules focused on digital, finance, HR, innovation and marketing. The support is available to ERDF eligible businesses based in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. More information can be found on the online enquiry form or the project page on this site.


Apply now using the online enquiry form and a business advisor will get in touch to arrange support within five working days.

ERDF Enhance Social Enterprise Programme (Now closed).

European Regional Development Fund logo

The Enhance Social Enterprise Programme supports social enterprise and social entrepreneurs to achieve their growth ambitions.

Individuals and organisations at all stages of their enterprise journey can benefit from tailored business support around themes such as digital transformation, funding and financial sustainability, social impact frameworks, change management and innovation.

The support is available to ERDF eligible businesses from Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. More information can be found at Enhance Social Enterprise and please register your interest using the online enquiry form.

Devon Work Hubs Devon Work Hubs Logo

Devon work hubs is a growing community of friendly, low-cost and highly flexible workspaces; perfect for home-based and mobile workers, business start-ups, freelancers and entrepreneurs. As well as workspace, several of the work hubs are also able to offer in-house business support.

LEADER Grants (Now Closed) Leader Logo

Making it Local

Making it Local logo The Making it Local Local Action Group (LAG) is working with local people and businesses to develop opportunities for improving the rural economy and quality of life for people living and working in the area through a targeted grants programme called LEADER.

Our area is based on the parishes of the Blackdown Hills and East Devon AONBs and the surrounding gateway market towns.

Our overall aim is to use the outstanding environmental quality and local human potential as a ‘springboard’ for sustainable economic growth.

REAL Devon Real Devon logo

The REAL Devon Local Action Group (LAG) will distribute grants to local people and businesses to develop opportunities for improving the rural economy and quality of life for people living and working in the area through a targeted grants programme called LEADER.

Our area is based largely in Mid Devon, see our map for more detail.

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development logo

Creative Innovation & Growth Programme (CIAG)

Creative Innovation and Growth logo

The Creative Innovation & Growth (CIAG) Grants Programme supports Adult Social Care businesses and organisations in Devon.

CIAG incorporates three elements: a revenue & capital grants programme; free business support; and free leadership development activities. These are available to eligible ASC organisations and businesses in Devon.

The emphasis of these activities is on developing new services, increasing sufficiency, developing new products and new innovative ways of working in the adult social care market.

Eligible ASC businesses and organisations in Devon can apply for support through this programme. More information can be found on the CIAG webpage on this site or by emailing

Engaging Rural Micros (ERM) project Engaging Rural Micros logo

Engaging Rural Micros is a research trial which will engage with over 250 micro businesses (businesses with fewer than 10 employees) to understand their needs, and how to better support their productivity.

Businesses in rural Devon and the Exmoor and Blackdown Hills areas of Somerset are at the centre of the study.

Based on a successful proof of concept phase, the trial has been designed to determine the most appropriate support for rural businesses to increase their productivity, and achieve more of a work-life balance. 

To find out more about the project, and how to take part, visit the Engaging Rural Micros webpage.

Doing What Matters (DWM) Community Grant Fund Doing What Matters logo

The Doing What Matters (DWM) Community Grant Fund has been designed by the Devon County Council Business Support and Innovation Team in conjunction with the Communities Team to support not for private profit organisations to deliver projects which meet the strategic aim of the DWM Scheme. A decision was made on 08/04 for the temporary deployment of the Doing What Matters Grant Fund to offer grants to eligible organisations to support and mobilise the communities impacted by COVID-19.  This grant fund is also now on pause.

Strategic Aim

Connecting people in a positive, fulfilling and inclusive way; tackling and reducing loneliness and undesired isolation in all their forms and across all age groups.

The Council intends the fund to be utilised for bids which help:

  • to build relationships and connections locally, across all age groups
  • people become more physically active
  • people take notice of their local environment
  • to develop opportunities for culture, creativity or learning
  • to support giving across local people and communities, including volunteering
  • to make people feel safer locally

For more information, please visit the Doing What Matters Community Grant Fund Webpage

UK Community Renewal Fund 2021-2022

Organisations with fresh ideas to help boost Devon’s economy and help those people and businesses hardest hit by the Covid pandemic are being urged to submit their bids into a new national fund that opened for applications on April 14, 2021.

The one-year Community Renewal Fund pilot could be worth up to £24m across Devon this year and is a trial for the Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund.

The aim of the fund is to encourage innovative schemes to help kickstart the local economy by investing in skills, helping people into employment, supporting local businesses to grow and develop, and helping local communities become more resilient and sustainable.

Find out more and apply for the Community Renewal Fund

Replacement Care Innovation Fund (RCIF)

Devon County Council and NHS Devon CCG have made grants of between £1,000 and £15,000 available to organisations – including adult care providers, personal assistants, and groups of carers – who can develop and provide innovative opportunities that will give carers a break, during COVID-19 and beyond.

Funds will support innovative methods of delivering or accessing replacement care, which must provide or enable carers to access breaks, education, employment, volunteering or leisure. Applications must be submitted by 06.11.2020.

For more information, and to apply, visit the Replacement Care Innovation Fund Webpage.