Funding & Grants

Below is a range of grants and funding available to new and existing businesses in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area.

Dorset Growth Hub

Grants are available from Dorset Growth Hub, for businesses with a 12-month plan showing viable growth and job creation in the Dorset area. The hub also offers funding to help businesses access international markets or commercialise a new product or service.

Government directory of finance and support

The Government's website has a directory of finance and support available to businesses.

Innovate UK

The UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, funds, support and connect innovative businesses to accelerate sustainable economic growth. You can apply for research and development funding in specific priority areas, as well as non-themed ‘always open’ competitions.

South West Investment Group Finance

South West Investment Group Finance provide risk capital to small and medium-sized enterprises. The group has invested in a variety of different funds to businesses throughout South West England.

Dorset Business Angels

Dorset Business Angels bring together investors with business investment opportunities. These opportunities can attract finance from experienced investors or business people with sources of funding. 

Grants for new businesses

If you’re planning a new business and looking for initial funding and financial support, you can find the information you need on our starting and growing your business pages.