Business Grants & Funding

We know it’s often difficult to find information on what financial support is available for your business, so we have put together this page where Cumbria Tourism members can find a snapshot of business grants and funding from partner organisations in one simple place.

A number of funding opportunities have been made available for businesses through Cumberland and Westmorland and Furness Councils. Take a look at the summary below, for further details with full contacts if you’d like to progress an application.

Business support & grants for businesses in rural areas of Westmorland and Furness

Expressions of interest (EOI) to be submitted by 12 noon, Wednesday 24 January 2024

Full applications to be submitted by 12 noon, Wednesday 13 March 2024

Email for information.

Small and micro businesses in the areas previously covered by the former Eden and South Lakeland District Councils are eligible to apply.

Delivered by Cumbria Business Growth Hub (Cumbria Chamber of Commerce’s business support arm), working with a number of partners..

Advice and grants are available for small and micro businesses in rural areas of Westmorland and Furness (i.e. the previous Eden and South Lakeland areas) to support:

  • Businesses to overcome challenges facing them and respond positively to opportunities
  • Farming businesses to respond to challenges and opportunities including diversification
  • For other businesses it includes:
  • Capital grants for purchase of equipment and small scale capital improvements to help grow, diversify, innovate and improve productivity
  • Adviser support through the Growth Hub’s team, including access to finance and hospitality specialists and more
  • Grants are available up to 40%, with more information and Grant Guidelines available below. The minimum grant is £1,000, with an anticipated average of £15,000.