Grants & Funding Sites to Explore

The Cheshire & Warrington Growth Hub Support Finder can help you find local and national funding and grant opportunities for Cheshire West businesses.

The website provides information on business loans, grants and funding.

Apply for grants if your business completes customs declarations.  Find out what grants you can apply for to get funding for training and IT improvements if your business completes customs declarations.

Government-owned business development bank dedicated to making finance markets work better for smaller businesses.

The Innovation Agency

The Innovation Agency is one of 15 AHSNs (Academic Health Science Networks) working together in the AHSN Network, the innovation arm of the NHS - transforming lives through healthcare innovation.

The Innovation Agency understands that taking a new idea to market is a challenge. They support and connect innovative businesses through a unique mix of people and programmes to accelerate sustainable economic growth.

They are catalysts for the spread of innovation at pace and scale, helping facilitate change across whole health and social care economies – to improve health, drive down the cost of care, and stimulate economic growth.

Energy Fund

Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership has launched a £4.1million Energy Fund, awarding capital grants for projects that can support the objectives of the LEP’s Energy and Clean Growth Strategy.

The LEP was awarded £4.1million as part of the Local Growth Fund (LGF) with the LEP now inviting applications for capital grant funding.  The minimum bid for funding is £250,000 and applications must be submitted before 16th August 2019.

Energy Fund Application Guidance 


MSIF (Merseyside Special Investment Fund) provides a wide range of funding to businesses across the North West, predominantly in the Liverpool City Region and surrounding areas. Funding is available from as little as £500 right up to £2 million+ for a variety of business needs including start-ups, expansions, acquisitions and management buy outs/buy ins.

MSIF is a not-for-profit organisation; all returns on investment go back into the fund to be re-invested in local businesses.

Made Smarter

The newly-launched Made Smarter programme is designed to support manufacturers, engineers, makers and creators with facilities or operations in Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region to grow through adoption of new technologies. 

Whether your business has started the journey to digital transformation, or it simply wants the impartial advice on how digital technology could help then it’s time to register with Made Smarter.

The Made Smarter pilot programme can support North West Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) across Cheshire & Warrington. To be classified as an SME, eligible businesses must have less than 250 employees and a turnover of less than £44m or a balance sheet total of less than £38.5m.


CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) is the industry training board for the UK construction industry.

CITB offer support to industry through grants and funds. CITB grants cover day to day training and funds cover specific projects and commissions.

Grants support employers who provide day to day training for their workforce and contribute to the cost of training and qualifying your workforce in construction-related subjects.

CITB provide funding for specific projects relating to careers, innovation and training. If you can provide CITB with a plan for your training needs, or you have an idea for a project to improve performance for your employees or the industry as a whole, CITB may be able to help.

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