Kimberley LUF Business Booster Grants

Business Booster Grants: Round 3 Applications now open.

Interior of Kool Kidz Cutz

Business Booster Grant Funding Round 3

The Kimberley Business Booster Grants are available to local businesses, as part of the Kimberley Means Business Levelling Up project from Broxtowe Borough Council.

Grants of up £5,000 are available, which follows on from the previous round in November 2023 which saw over £340,000 in funding awarded to local traders. 

The purpose of the scheme is to enhance the aesthetic appeal of Kimberley, for both residents and visitors, reducing anti-social behaviour, developing people’s pride in the town and attracting footfall in the town centre.

Many buildings in the town date from the Victorian or Edwardian eras and projects that wish to enhance the period look of the town are strongly encouraged, although businesses located in buildings dating from other periods are also welcome to apply. 

Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Repair and reinstatement of any part of a shop front fixture visible from the street;

  • External signage;

  • Digital signage, thereby encouraging sustainability;

  • Repainting of the shop front in suitable colours;

  • Pedestrian access improvements to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act;

  • Internal or external lighting, particularly that which reduces the overall carbon footprint of the business (e.g. LED lighting);

  • Advertising and marketing costs including website design, as long as this demonstrably relates to increasing visibility and footfall in Kimberley (e.g. a 'click and collect' feature);

Pictured is Anne Hindley, from Kool Kidz Cutz on Main Street who received funding to help with set-up costs for her children's hairdressers. The grant helped Anna make her project a reality, by paying for greener water electric heaters and some of the decoration in the shop, including a 'grass' floor at the entrance.

How can the funding be used?

The funding for the new scheme is being allocated as follows:

Small grants of between £1,000 and £5,000, with at least 15% match-funding of the whole project

For example, to receive a grant of £5,000 a business will need to provide evidence of match-funding of £883 within their proposals, making a project total of £5,883.

Who can apply?

Applications from business startups may apply, but please see the criteria (.pdf) (929 KB) (Opens in a New Window) for more details.

Whilst the focus of these grants is on small local businesses, we would consider applications from larger businesses or franchises whose proposals are in line with the stipulated criteria and cannot be funded by their own head office. We will not fund work that merely conforms to a corporate identity. 

Only businesses within the designated area may apply. Please do check your organisation falls within this area by looking at the map (.pdf) (545 KB) (Opens in a New Window) within the guidance note. 

Other conditions

Grants are available for planned projects and not for work in progress or already completed work. Applications that cover retrospective work (including match-funded elements) will therefore not be considered.

Businesses that received funding in Round One (March 2023) and Round Two (November 2023) will be considered for Round Three funding but priority will be given to those who have not previously received funding.

An independent panel will consider all applications. The panel will consider how proposed work fits into the overall aesthetic appearance of the area. Please read the criteria for a more detailed list of what is eligible for funding. The criteria also give details on where to find guidance on whether planning consent may be necessary for some work. 

How to apply

Check you are eligible by reviewing the application criteria (.pdf) (251 KB) (Opens in a New Window) . The criteria also contains a map highlighting the eligible area for Business Booster Grants.

The map is available as a separate file (.pdf) (545 KB) (Opens in a New Window).  If you require more details on whether specific businesses fall within the zone, please contact us using the details at the foot of the page. 

Once you have consulted the application criteria, take your time to fill in the Kimberley Business Booster Grant Application Form (Opens in a New Window) before submission. You are required to upload documents, as detailed in the application criteria. Please note that you are able to save your application form whilst completing it.

The application window closes at 5.00 pm on Monday 19 August 2024

Please read through the Guidance Note before starting to fill in your application form.

All applications will be considered at the same time, after the grant scheme has closed and successful bidders will be informed in September 2024. 

Submissions that do not contain the required information may not be considered, but sometimes additional information may be required. If this is the case, you will be contacted by the Economic Development team at Broxtowe Borough Council.  We cannot consider incomplete submissions and will contact you if we need further information. Completing the application form does not guarantee your organisation any funds. 

In Broxtowe we offer access to business advisors from Nottinghamshire County Council and East Midlands Chamber. The Broxtowe Accelerator programme is also available for business support . Contact details are provided in this guidance note (.pdf) (7.1 KB) (Opens in a New Window)

This programme is funded by the UK Government's Levelling Up Fund. 

Enquiries about the Levelling Up Fund can be sent to the Economic Development team at

Kimberley Levelling Up Fund
tel: 0115 917 3230