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Growth Support Kickstart Grant Scheme

The Growth Support Kickstart Grant scheme aims to help businesses to recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. There is additional funding within the grant to help small businesses in tourism related sectors to adapt their business as part of a Kickstarting Tourism package announced by Government for businesses in tourist destinations.

You can only submit a single Growth Support Kickstart Grant Scheme application.

Grants will be awarded to eligible businesses who meet the criteria on a first come, first served basis.

What is on offer?

Grant funding of between £1,000 and £3,000 will be available to eligible businesses. Activities supported by the grant can include:

  • Specialist professional advice such as HR, financial including accountancy, IT and digital
  • The purchase of minor equipment to support your business to adapt or adopt new technology in order to continue to deliver business activity.

Who is it for?

The grant scheme is open to small and medium-sized enterprises based in the Heart of the South West LEP area of Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.

Your business must meet the eligibility criteria for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

What to do now?

The grant scheme is not yet live. We are expecting the grant to be launched by the end of the month.

In the meantime, you can consider whether the grant scheme is right for your business and start to prepare your application.

Please carefully read the grant scheme Growth Support Kickstart Fund Information and Guidance (19 Aug update)  which has further information about the scheme such as eligibility criteria and what is required for an application. You can also read the Growth Support Kickstart Fund FAQ (19 Aug update) for the latest guidance.

Should you have any questions ahead of the grant scheme launch, please email the grant team at

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