Grants and funding

Here you will find information on business grants and funding.

The Growth Hub have an exciting new asset to add to the portfolio of support available to D2N2 businesses in the form of an investment fund.

Who can access the fund and what is it for?

The D2N2 Business Investment Fund is available to support small and medium sized enterprises with projects that will directly improve their productivity, efficiency or job creation. The fund will support projects such as digital developments, specialist consultancy and equipment purchases.  

It is important to note that only applications that clearly show a step-change in the business activity will be supported. This grant will not support 'new-for-old' replacements.  

What value is available?

Grants of between £3,500 and £20,000 are available and will contribute up to a maximum of 35% of the project costs.

There are a number of alternative funding options available within D2N2 and the D2N2 Growth Hub will work with you to establish which solution best meets your business needs.

How do businesses apply?

Applicants will need to adhere to a financial assessment, provide quotes for purchases and must defray expenditure before claiming the grant.

For further information and to apply for a grant please contact the D2N2 Growth Hub on 0333 006 9178 or email where you will be allocated to a business adviser to discuss your project.

DE-Carbonise offers a comprehensive programme of assistance for SMEs seeking to reduce their carbon emissions in operations, production and supply chain.

You could access a suite of carbon reduction support including:

  • A carbon reduction audit and report
  • Grant funding to implement carbon reduction recommendations
  • Technical support, consultancy and process improvements based on recommendations from the carbon reduction report
  • Cohort based learning and development for smart manufacturing and sustainable supply chain innovation

To find out how they can support your business to decarbonise and have a positive impact on the future of our plant, contact them today by using the following links.


Derbyshire County Council have launched a £2 million grant fund for businesses interested in developing and investing in green energy and carbon reduction schemes. The scheme is open to small and medium sized businesses based in Derbyshire.

The programme, which is being funded through the Derbyshire County Council COVID recovery fund, is being set up in collaboration with the University of Derby as part of the COVID economic strategy and climate change commitments.

Green Entrepreneurs Demonstrator Fund

The Demonstrator Fund is available to support SME’s, sole traders, partnerships and charities who can demonstrate they have an investment plan which will lead to local low carbon or alternative energy projects/interventions.

Projects will need to be located in Derbyshire (excluding Derby City Council boundaries) and these projects could be up to three years in duration. The minimum grant available through this fund would be £100,000.

For application requirements and to register your interest please visit

Green Entrepreneurs Small Grant

The Small Grant Fund is available to support SME’s, sole traders, partnerships and charities who can demonstrate they have a project that will lead to local low carbon or alternative energy projects/interventions and that are located in Derbyshire for the benefit of Derbyshire communities (excludes Derby City Council boundaries). It is expected that these projects will be completed in terms of expenditure within 12 months following the start of the project. 

For application requirements and to register your interest please visit

Scholarship Fund

The Scholarship grants will allow individuals to study around their existing responsibilities. It will enable them to obtain the skills and qualifications they need to change their career or progress in employment. The study can take place either online or face to face or a combination of both.  

For application requirements and to register your interest please visit

Are you a town centre* business in Amber Valley looking to improve your shop front?

We have a small window of opportunity with a shop front improvement grant available so grab this chance whilst you can!

The deadline for grant submission is Friday 22 July 2022

  • Your property must be based within one of the four market towns in Amber Valley - *Alfreton, Belper, Heanor, or Ripley
  • Must be a ground floor shop frontage
  • Maximum grant of £500.00
  • 50% match funding is required i.e. if the total project cost is £500.00 you will only be eligible to apply for £250.00 towards the project.

You can apply by using the links below.

The Government is providing up to £210m worth of voucher funding as immediate help for people experiencing slow broadband speeds in rural areas.

Vouchers worth up to £1,500 for homes and £3,500 for businesses help to cover the costs of installing gigabit broadband to people’s doorsteps.

The UK Gigabit Voucher will enable those in the hardest to reach parts of the UK to benefit from lightning-fast next generation broadband. It will hone in on supporting people in those areas least likely to be included in the commercial plans of broadband suppliers without the incentive of public subsidy, nudging the UK closer to nationwide gigabit connectivity.

To help raise awareness and drive uptake of the UK Gigabit Voucher, the voucher website has now been updated and refreshed. It includes a new premises level postcode eligibility checker that enables people to establish their eligibility for the UK Gigabit Broadband Voucher, and information on other support that may be available. This can be accessed at

Below is a list of useful links relating to UK Gigabit Voucher:

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841496 or email