Small Business Development Grant

The aim of this grant is to support a range of business development objectives including improvements in productivity, competitiveness, skills, growth, sustainability, resilience, profitability, innovation or net zero transition. You must be able to specify what you would spend the grant on and explain why your business requires financial support with those costs.

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Grants from £1,000 up to £5,000 are available, payable at 50% of approved costs for full-time businesses (35+ hours per week). Part-time businesses (16-34 hours per week) can apply for a grant from £1,000 to £2,500, payable at 50% of approved costs.

Revenue and capital costs are eligible on a discretionary basis, including machinery, tools and equipment, premises refurbishment, new premises rent or kit-out, marketing, website development, feasibility studies, professional services or consultancy related to business growth, or new product development.  The grant cannot be used for wage subsidy, statutory costs, debt repayment, working capital (including the purchase of stock or materials), routine maintenance, purchase of an existing business, and property/land purchase or development.

The grant application process is as follows:

  1. You submit a fully-completed application form with the required supporting documents.
  2. You meet (by phone or video) with a business adviser from Argyll and Bute Council’s Business Gateway to discuss your  application.
  3. If approved, you will be issued with an offer letter confirming the items that can be supported by the grant and the maximum value of the grant awarded to you.
  4. After you have accepted your offer of grant, you can purchase your approved items then claim your grant by submitting a claim form with proof of expenditure for each item (invoices and bank statement showing payment).
  1. Eligibility Criteria

    Check you are eligible for the grant.

  2. Information for Applicants

    You must use the downloadable application form and submit your application by email only. 

  3. Terms and Conditions

    Read through the terms and conditions of the grant before applying.

  4. Application

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  5. Next Steps

    What happens after you submit your application.

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