Grants & Funding

Whether you are considering starting in business, a recent start-up or an established company, this section contains information and links on funding relevant to you. Before searching for what finance and grants might be available to your business, it is worth reading this general advice on business finance.

The Council does not provide grants for business start-ups and usually most start-ups are expected to find their own funding.

Useful links for Businesses

A range of support and funding opportunities are available to businesses and people in the Oadby and Wigston Borough Council area. For more information follow the links listed below.

Support and Funding Opportunities Business finance and support finder

The Business finance and support finder allows businesses to search for publicly-backed finance (e.g. loans, grants, investors) or support (e.g. mentoring, consultancy, initiatives) available for businesses.

Voluntary Action Leicestershire- The Funding Toolkit

The Leicestershire Funding Toolkit contains a range of useful information for voluntary/ community groups, including a Funding Database, which you can register on to search for potential sources of funding for your community group/project.

Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership- Funding Pages

The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) details funding streams available, including LLEP funding, European funding and National funding.

Funding Circle

Funding Circle is a peer-to-business lending platform connecting businesses and investors, where businesses can get business loans and investors earn returns on their investments. Funding Circle has funded over £200m in business loans so far. The British Business Bank programme has also confirmed that it is making a new £40 million investment through peer-to-peer lender Funding Circle.

Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust is a youth charity that helps change young lives. The Prince’s Trust gives practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation.

Funding Central

Funding Central is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises - providing access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs.

eBusiness Club

The eBusiness Club is a virtual support network created to help make the best use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to boost business performance.

Leicestershire Rural Partnership

The Leicestershire Rural Partnership (LRP) was established to enable partners to work more effectively together to deliver improved services to rural areas. The webpage offers advice on current projects and grants available to business.

East Midlands Chamber - Business Support Pages

The Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce has links to a series of business support options on the page listed above.


Broadband Leicestershire

Leicestershire County Council’s vision for broadband in Leicestershire.

Property Search

Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership – Property Search

The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) property search allows the user to search for empty properties in the Leicestershire area.