Adur & Worthing Councils, in partnership with Adur and Worthing Business Partnership, are pleased to announce a fourth round of the Small Business Grant and Apprenticeship Grant Funding, for micro and small businesses in the Adur and Worthing area.

These grants aim to encourage growth and expansion of the local economy, leading to new employment opportunities. The grants also aim to facilitate spend using local suppliers and retailers, ensuring these are prioritised over national chains and discount sellers.


An Awards Panel founded by representatives from the local business community meet on a regular basis to review applications that have successfully met the minimum eligibility criteria.


Grant applications will be processed on a first come first served basis. Only one application is allowed per funding round.


Small Business Growth Grant

The Small Business Growth Grant is available to local micro businesses of up to 10 employees. Grants of up to £2,500 are available, with a 50% match funding contribution required (exclusive of VAT).


For example, if you want to purchase some equipment that costs £1,500 - a contribution of £750 would be required from your own funds and you can apply for £750 from the grant fund. Any added VAT would not be refunded and is not counted within the project cost.


You must be able to demonstrate how the project will develop your business and what difference it will make.


Payment will be retrospective. Applicants will need to ensure they have total funds available upfront and are in a position to commence the project straight away. Once approved, applicants will also be required to supply relevant paid invoices within 30 days.


First - read the Small Business Growth Grant criteria information:

PDF FileSmall Business grants guidance notes

Note: The 2020/21 Funding will launch on 1st September 2020 with the first review panel on 24th September 2020


Then, once the 2020/210 grant is available, if you meet the criteria:

Apply for a Small Business Growth Grant (online eform)


Apprenticeship Grants

The Apprenticeship Grant is available to individual businesses of up to 50 employees. A one off payment of £1,000 per apprentice is available towards the cost of taking on an apprentice. Individual businesses can apply for up to two grants.


Please note: this is not the Government announced Kickstart Scheme - details of this will be announced in due course.


First - read the Apprenticeship Grant criteria information:

PDF FileApprenticeship Grant guidance notes

Note: The 2020/21 Funding will launch on 1st September 2020 with the first review panel on 24th September 2020


Then, once the 2020/21 grant is available, if you meet the criteria:

Apply for an Apprenticeship Grant (online eform)


About these grants

Businesses are classified as those seeking to make a profit and performing a business function. Unfortunately Registered Charities are not eligible for this funding.


The Panel reserves the right to explore any data in the public domain and request additional information from directors, suppliers and company accountants to satisfy authenticity. The Panel reserves the right to reject any application in its absolute discretion where there are inaccuracies or the panel cannot verify information.


The grant is made on the strict condition that in the event the funds are not deployed to the specified project, using the approved supplier(s)/providers, the grant obtained must be repaid. Any financial liabilities to suppliers/providers arising from this action will transfer to the grant applicant.


If you would like to discuss either of the above grants please contact:


Jennifer Curtis, Economy & Skills Coordinator

Phone: 01273 263463

About these grants

The scheme is being delivered by the Adur & Worthing Business Partnership and businesses will be on the Awards Panel, helping to decide which applications are successful.


If you would like further information on either of the above grants, please email:


Place & Economy Team at:

See also:


To find information on other funding options for businesses in our area see the:


Business finance and support finder - on the GOV.UK website

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The team are here to help. Please use the contact form, leave a voicemail message on 01293 305965 or send an email to with your name, contact details, postcode and support request.

Nasser Elaheebocus

Growth Relationship Associate

Ryan Davies

Growth Hub Team Leader

Karen Tyrrell

Growth Relationship Associate

Taygan Paxton

Growth Coordinator

Tom Hughes

Growth Hub Administrator

Richard Butcher

Interim Growth Relationship Manager

Malcolm Brabon

SME Manager

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