Richmondshire District Council

Current schemes

The 2017-18 small business grant scheme is open for applications. The scheme which opened in November 2016 has to date supported eight small businesses with £25,900 left to award. Applications are welcome from small, local businesses within Richmondshire with fewer than four FTE employees, and grants of up to £1,000 are available. The next deadline for applications has been extended to Monday 8 January 2018. The application form and criteria is available to download below:

Previous schemes

We've operated the small business grant scheme for local businesses for the past five years. During this time, £120,000 has been awarded to more than 142 businesses. More information on each scheme is available on request.

Economic growth fund 2016-17

In October 2016, we launched the fund to support projects which aimed to generate economic growth for the district. To date, members have approved three applications:

  • Wensleydale Railway: Passing loop at Leyburn, £72,050
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority: Swale Trail Project, £50,000
  • Uredale Mill Ltd: Development site in Askrigg, £100,000 (conditional)

For more information on the these applications, email

External schemes

We produce a quarterly funding newsletter, which pulls together a number of external funding schemes for:

  • Arts, cultural projects
  • Grants for businesses
  • Community grants
  • Environmental/sustainable grants
  • Sports and leisure grants

For more information on any of the schemes featured in the newsletter, first contact the scheme to discuss your project proposals and check you're eligible before applying. You can also email Samantha Coultish at

The team regularly meets the Local Enterprise Partnership, Welcome to Yorkshire and local business associations to gather and share information with local businesses.

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