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Business Recovery and Growth Fund

The Business Recovery and Growth Fund (BRGF) is a competitive, discretionary grant fund targeted at new and existing businesses based in North Lanarkshire to support their strategic, longer-term sustainability and growth.

BRGF grants will provide 50% of eligible project costs (excluding VAT), up to a maximum grant award of £50,000 to fund specific activities to help businesses recover, adapt, and diversify their operations.

How much grant support can I apply for?

Businesses can apply for grant support towards the following project types. The maximum grant award under each grant category during 2022/23 is as follows. In each case grants can only contribute up to 50% towards eligible project costs.

Grant support types and maximum award
Combined Capital Expenditure & Infrastructure projects £50,000
Capital Expenditure projects only £50,000
Infrastructure Improvement projects only £50,000
Consultancy Support projects £5,000
Exhibition Support projects £4,000
Training Support projects £4,000
                                                             

Business eligibility

To be eligible, your business must be able to meet all of the following criteria:

  • The business is based in North Lanarkshire. Note: Applications from home-based businesses will only be considered in exceptional cases.
  • The business is a micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (up to 250 employees).
  • The business turnover is expected to reach a minimum level of £85,000 within 12 months of the date of the application.
  • The business does not operate in an ineligible sector: gambling and betting or drinking place (bars/public houses).
  • The business is not a ratepayer of a business in the retail sector operating in premises with a rateable value of £51,001 or over
  • The business has not incurred any project-related expenditure until after a formal decision on the grant application has been received.
  • The business owns the business premises or has more than 12 months remaining on a commercial lease at the date of application. Home-based businesses must be Limited Companies and trading (not incorporated) for more than 12 months and will only be considered for support in exceptional cases.
  • The business is not connected to a tax haven, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No. 2) Act 2020.

The business can clearly justify why external funding is needed for the project.

Project eligibility

Projects seeking grant support must demonstrate the following:

  • Contribution to business sustainability or growth - the project must clearly demonstrate a significant contribution towards sustainability or growth in relation to business turnover and employment within 12 months of project completion.

Alignment with one of the following key themes:

  • sustain or create employment and/or training opportunities
  • supporting innovation to develop new and/or improved products, processes or services
  • assisting growth into new domestic markets
  • assisting export development and internationalisation
  • supporting the adoption and integration of digital technologies and e-commerce in line with the council’s Digital Economy and Place Ambition
  • encouraging the adoption and integration of green technologies and low-carbon products, processes or services
  • supporting the transition to a zero-carbon economic model and facilitating sustainable change and growth

Your business may be ineligible to apply for a grant if:

  • support is requested for cosmetic improvements to premises (except where the applicant business is moving to new premises)
  • support is requested for structural repairs to premises arising from ‘wear and tear’ (except where the applicant business is moving to new premises)
  • you intend to replace obsolete or faulty items ‘like for like’
  • items will be paid for by cash or personal credit card
  • you are seeking grant support towards training that is required by law

Supporting evidence

Supporting documentation

Applicants must submit the following documentation in order to apply for a BRGF grant:

  • Completed Business Recovery and Growth fund application form.
  • Evidence of Incorporation - any one of the following:
    • Company (inc. SCIO): Certificate of Incorporation or Companies House registration number.
    • Partnership: Partnership agreement or HMRC registration.
    • Sole Trader Self Employed and Freelancers: HMRC registration, Self-assessment documents or valid business insurance document.
    • Community Interest Company: Certificate of Incorporation.
    • Trust: Constitution documents, HMRC registration or VAT registration document.
  • Evidence of ownership/commercial lease. This could be a copy of i) premises lease summary or ii) an email from the landlord confirming the duration of the tenancy agreement, or iii) proof of ownership.
  • Evidence of projected project costs. This should include formal supplier quote(s) for all eligible goods and services seeking grant support.
  • Bank Mandate for Payment by BACS. (Appendix E Bank Mandate of the BRGF application form).

Additional supporting documentation depending on project type

Applicants must submit the following additional supporting evidence depending on the type of project included in the application. The Appendix documents referenced below are contained within the Business Recovery and Growth Fund application form.

Additional supporting evidence
Capital Expenditure i. Business Plan ii. Latest Management accounts iii. 12-month Cashflow projection
Infrastructure Improvement i. Business Plan ii. Latest Management accounts iii. 12-month Cashflow projection
Consultancy Support i. Appendix A Consultant’s Declaration (completed by consultant)
Exhibition Support i. Appendix B Exhibition Support (completed by applicant business)
Training Support i. Appendix C Trainee Details (completed by each trainee) ii. Appendix D Training Provider Declaration (completed by training provider)

Preparing and submitting your application

Grant application forms are available on request, either in electronic or paper version. However please discuss your ideas with a council officer (email BusinessFund@northlan.gov.uk) or a Business Gateway Lanarkshire adviser (email northlan@bgateway.com) before completing a full grant application.

This will help ensure that your business and the project seeking support are eligible to apply in principle. Guidance and advice to help you complete your application can also be provided. 

Please ensure you complete all parts of this application and provide the relevant evidence required. Insufficient evidence will lead to a delay in your grant application being processed. For additional information on the application process and the evidence required please see the guidance notes below.

Please note:

  • These payments are grants. A grant awarded on a valid application does not need to be refunded by the recipient.
  • Information provided by an applicant will be verified against other information sources held by North Lanarkshire Council. This will assist timely application processing, fraud prevention and for auditing purposes.
  • Applications may be subject to delay if incomplete or incorrect details are supplied.
  • If a grant is awarded on the basis of false or inaccurate information, it may result in arrangements being made to recover the award, and legal proceedings being initiated

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Guidance notes

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Page last updated:
12 Oct 2022

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