Important information - current grant availability.

Due to very high levels of demand, we've now reached the point where grant funding for businesses based in Northumberland and Tyne & Wear is fully allocated. New applications by businesses from these areas will only be assessed should funding become available from current contracts. We hope to be able to announce new funding for these areas in the coming months.

For businesses based in County Durham, new funding is available and we are still taking applications.

  Northumberland Tyne and Wear County Durham
Trading for over 12 months Funding Fully Allocated
New applications will be assessed if any funding is released from current contracts
Funding Fully Allocated
New applications will be assessed if any funding is released from current contracts
Funding Available
New Applications will be processed in 5 working days
Trading for less than 12 months Funding Fully Allocated
New applications will be assessed if any funding is released from current contracts
Funding Fully Allocated
New applications will be assessed if any funding is released from current contracts
Funding Available
New Applications will be processed in 5 working days

Apply online - North East Business Support Fund


The North East Business Support Fund provides grants towards business improvement projects - the percentage of the project value fundable and maximum grant amount, can found by selecting your region on the following page: NEBSF Programme

  • Please note: We are currently able to support businesses based in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham. Unfortunately, at this stage, we are unable to take applications from businesses based in the Tees Valley.
  • The fund is only able to support certain types of project where external expertise is being purchased to develop the business - capital purchases, printing and advertising costs cannot be funded.
  • You should be in a position to start your development activity within 60 days of your application being approved.

Completing your application.

Your application for this fund requires some basic financial information about your business as well as details of previous grant funding.

  • Please scroll down this page to check that you have the required information to hand before you begin and if not, please return to the home page and come back to the form when you have gathered the information you need.
  • Your application form cannot be saved, once you have started to complete the form, please do not navigate away from this page, other than by clicking the 'Submit Application' button below.

If you'd prefer to submit your application by email, please download a copy of the application form.

Before you start

Please read the following statements and tick the checkbox to confirm that:

Where did you hear about this programme?
About the business that will claim the grant
Where you are
Who we should contact
The type of business
Business size
Business Projections

The following section covers the past, current and future performance of your business, and it is vital that these figures are both accurate (for past performance) and realistic (for current and future performance).

The figures for 'Last financial year' must be actual figures from your last completed financial year (ideally figures from the accounts prepared by your accountant).  'This year' relates to the current financial year  and 'Next year' relates to the financial year after this.

Turnover (£)
Net profit before tax (£)
Depreciation (£)
Total wage costs (£)
Average number of Male FTE employees
Average number of Female FTE employees
Source of business income
Approximate percentage of income from trade to:
Approximate percentage of income from trade in:
Business improvement needs

Please note that the North East Business Support Fund can only support the costs of external expertise, it cannot fund capital purchases (e.g. machinery, computer equipment or software), printing or advertising costs.

Previous Funding Support

I understand that the North East Business Support Fund project is part financed by the 2014-20 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme, European Regional Development Fund Programme. Therefore the amount of State Aid subsidised support my business may receive is capped.

Marketing and Research Contact Permission

NBSL (Northumberland Business Service Ltd) collects data following guidelines within the Data Protection Act 1998.Occasional access is given to partners engaged on our behalf to carry out research (eg: client satisfaction) with the aim of improving our services. We will also provide potential Providers with limited information when sourcing your development solution. By completing this application form, you are giving permission for your details to be given to the relevant funder for reporting, monitoring and evaluation purposes only.

For any other contact, in order to comply with legislation we require your permission to keep you informed of our services and those of 3rd party organisations, which we feel appropriate to your needs. Please place a cross in this box if you consent to your details being used for the above marketing and research purposes. You have the right to request at any time that your information is no longer used for marketing by contacting;

Data Protection Officer, Northumberland Business Service Ltd, 6 Esther Court,  Wansbeck Business Park, Rotary Parkway, Ashington, NE63 8AP


I confirm that the information that I have provided in this application form is correct and complete. I understand and accept that if I knowingly withhold information, or provide false or misleading information, this may result in my application being rejected; or if I receive funding as a result that my case will be referred to the appropriate authorities for full investigation.


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 £2800 to your clients for work that you do for them.

Find out more

Our Programmes

We support businesses from start up to growth.

Our unique support programmes can provide help no matter what stage your business is at.