North West Leicestershire Rural Business Grant Fund

The North West Leicestershire Rural Business Grants Fund will run until 2025 to fund capital projects for small businesses that will help to improve productivity and strengthen the rural economy.

This programme has been funded by the UK Government's UK Shared Prosperity Fund. We expect to receive a total of £351,818 for 2024/25. 

This programme offers capital grant funding for eligible businesses by providing one off grants of between £1,000 and £25,000. Applicants must provide a minimum of 50% towards the total project cost.

Eligibility criteria

Your business must meet the below requirements:

  • Employ between 1 and 249 staff
  • Be based in North West Leicestershire i.e. you must pay business rates and/or council tax to North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Be in “A RURAL AREA for the purposes of REPF” - see DEFRA MAGIC map. Please note parts of Bardon, Coalville, Hugglescote, Thringstone and Whitwick are ineligible.
  • Be trading as: Limited Liability, Limited Liability Partnership, Partnership, Sole Trader, Franchise, Social Enterprise or Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee.
  • Not have applied for other UK Shared Prosperity Funding for your project.
  • As a business, owner or director, not have previously been awarded or will be applying for a North West Leicestershire Rural Business Grant Fund.
  • Have secured all necessary planning consents and permissions for your project prior to applying.
  • Be in good standing with NWLDC. For example, fully paid up on any money owed to the council such as business rates.

Note that this grant cannot be used to fund projects or investments that would be eligible for funding under the following DEFRA programmes:

Advice on how to use the DEFRA MAGIC map.

The following is step by step guide on how to access the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs MAGIC map to confirm eligibility for the North West Leicestershire Rural Business Grants Fund.
As previously mentioned, that businesses in parts of Bardon, Coalville, Thringstone and Whitwick do not qualify as rural and will not be eligible for North West Leicestershire Rural Business Grants Fund

Visit MAGIC (
• Click “Get Started”
• Click on ‘+’ under “Administrative Geographies”
• Click on ‘+’ under “Other Administrative Boundaries”
• Select the box next to “Rural England Prosperity Fund”
• Enter your place, postcode or coordinates at the top of the page (a drop down box may appear for you to click on)
• Zoom in to your businesses location
• Select the ‘i’ information button in the toolbar at the top of the screen
• Click the location of your business to identify if your business is based in an eligible rural area.

What can the grant be used for?

We would welcome applications to support capital projects, such as:

  • purchasing new equipment to modernise and improve the efficiency of your business
  • farm diversification in to create rural workspace hubs or tourism facilities such as accommodation, wedding venues and leisure facilities
  • investing in to low carbon equipment and energy efficiency measures working towards net zero 
  • investing in business premises, new technology and innovation.

For full details of the North West Leicestershire Rural Business Grant Fund please review the North West Leicestershire Rural Business Grant Guidance and Eligibility 2024 (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)

If you have any further queires once you have read the guidance notes please email

When and how to apply

Applications will open at 09:00 on Tuesday 7 May 2024 and will be only be assessed with both the completed application form and all supporting information is received. The grant is a competitive process.

Complete the North West Leicestershire Rural Business Grant Application Form (PDF Document, 0.34 Mb) and all supporting information by email to by 23:59 on Sunday 29 September 2024.

The council reserves the right to close to new applications at any time.

We expect all projects to be completed as early as possible following you accepting your grant offer. At the latest, all grant awards must have been claimed no later than 31 January 2025. Any grant claims after this date will not be paid.

Last updated: Wed 1 May, 2024 @ 10:55