If you're a small or medium sized business based in Tyne and Wear, you can apply for a business grant of up to 35% for projects costing between £3,000 and £8,000 (a maximum grant of £2800). Listed below are some of the types of project that we can fund - if you've got a project in mind that's not on the list, just get in touch and we'll try to help.

  • Business growth planning
  • Strategy Development
  • Change Management
  • Business Expansion Planning
  • Product development / diversification
  • Developing Quality Management Systems
  • Process improvement systems
  • Financial restructuring
  • Marketing planning
  • Web design / development
  • Accessing new markets
  • Succession planning
  • HR Strategy planning and development
  • Design costs for marketing
  • Video production
  • Development of Animations


Applications for this fund are currently closed - if you would like us to get in touch to let you know when applications re-open, just complete the form below.


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Some of the most frequently asked questions about the funding

If you run a business based in Tyne and Wear with plans to grow turnover and/or employ more staff, you may be able to access funding from the North East Business Support Fund. Your business must be trading and classed as an SME - that means it must employ fewer than 250 people and have a turnover of less than €50M.

We've worked hard to make the whole NEBSF process as straightforward as possible - we want you to focus on your business and get the help you need with the minimum amount of work.

Step 1 - You'll fill out a simple online application.

Step 2 - When we've confirmed your eligibilty, you'll need to supply a written quote from your chosen provider within two weeks.

Step 3 - One of our advisors will visit, you’ll receive a Funding Contract and the project can start.

Step 4 - Your chosen Service Provider will complete your project.

Step 5 - You’ll pay your Service Provider.

Step 6 - You'll claim your funding from us and review the project.

To be eligible for a Grant, your business must be based in the Tyne and Wear Local Authority area - this means you must pay your business rates (or council tax if home based) to either Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, North Tyneside or South Tyneside Council.

To check whether your business is eligible, please use this link to confirm that the company’s registered address (or your home address for a sole trader) is in one of the Local Authority areas listed above.

No! The North East Business Support Fund cannot support projects that have already started (or that have been completed) - please do not start your project until you have received your signed contract pack.

Want to talk to us about your project - just call 01670 813322.


Register your business as an NBSL provider and stay up to date with the latest funding information.

If you provide business support services like marketing, business planning, human resources or financial planning find out how you could register with us to offer a grant of up to £3200 to your clients for work that you do for them.

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