Malvern Hills Apprenticeship Grant Scheme

Malvern Hills District Council has joined forces with Worcestershire Apprenticeships (WA) to help local businesses take on apprentices to fill the skills gap and create the workforce of the future.

Through our Apprenticeship Grant Scheme we provide funding of £1,000 to help with the cost of taking on an apprentice. Each business can claim up to two grants per year.

We prioritise applications from businesses operating in one or more of the following key sectors:

  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • IT/Cyber
  • Agriculture Technologies and Horticulture (Agri-tech)
  • Construction
  • Catering and Hospitality Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships

We will also consider applications where apprenticeship frameworks and standards fit within the description of Digital Media, Software and Hardware production, and Engineering.

Find out more about our pdf Apprenticeship Grant Scheme (2.03 MB) .

Malvern Hills Graduate Grant Scheme

The Malvern Hills Graduate Grants Scheme offers financial support of up to £2,000 towards the cost of recruiting a graduate or undergraduate.

There are two types of grant are available:

  • Internship Grant – between £250 to £1,000 depending on the duration of the internship.
  • Recruitment Grant – a £1,000 payment for converting a fixed term internship into a permanent graduate level job.

Find out more about our pdf Graduate Grant Scheme (2.65 MB) .

Malvern Hills Business Start Up Grant Scheme

The aim of the scheme is to support and enhance the sustainability of new Malvern Hills district based businesses.

New businesses can apply for a grant of up to £500, or up to £750 if they are moving into business premises that are liable to business rates.

Find out more about our pdf Business Start-Up Grant Scheme. (355 KB)

Enterprising Worcestershire Start-Up and Early Stage Business Grant

The aim of this grant is to provide support to SMEs covering start-up, high growth start-up and post start, early development situations, which are focused on individual business growth potential.

Eligible enterprises will have access to one grant per business of between £1,000 – £2,500 (on a competitive basis) towards eligible capital and revenue expenditure required to develop and grow their business. Grants will be awarded on a matched funding basis and will, therefore, cover up to 50% of the total eligible costs.

Find out more about the Enterprising Worcestershire Grant.

Proof of Concept 

Worcestershire ‘Proof of Concept’ has been designed to support local businesses to develop innovative new products and processes. Support is offered to applicants that aim to investigate, advance, protect and commercialise early stage innovative business ideas. The principal objective of the Proof of Concept fund is to encourage SME investment in innovation, creating products and services that are new to the company or new to the market.

The programme offers grants of up to £30,000, representing 40% of the total project costs. All costs must be external to the company and are claimed retrospectively. Worcestershire County Council delivers the grant fund in partnership with Central Technology Belt. Find out more information about Proof of Concept.




Business Energy Efficiency Programme

Up to £20,000 available to help you lower your energy bill!

The Business Energy Efficiency Programme offers free energy efficiency assessments which could lead to grants for businesses who wish to use their energy more efficiently, reducing costs and improving environmental credentials.

Find out more about the Business Energy Efficiency Programme.

Low Carbon Opportunities Programme

FREE low carbon innovation and renewable energy generation support and grants available!

The Low Carbon Opportunities Programme has two distinct strands:

  1. Renewable Energy Generation – supporting businesses to consider and install technologies such as Solar PV and Battery Storage, Ground and Air Source Heat Pumps, Biomass and Combined Heat and Power.
  2. Innovation for Low Carbon – helping businesses develop and commercialise products and services that will save carbon. This can be around market testing, demonstration products, prototypes, manufacturing scale up, intellectual property rights etc.

The new programme will provide 80 Assists in Worcestershire and £1,040,000 grant funding to businesses (includes £200,000 for Shropshire SMEs).  

Businesses will receive a free assist followed by the option to apply for a grant of up to £100,000 at 40% intervention rate.

For information about the programme visit – which has a range of case studies or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Businesses can claim up to £2,500 to upgrade their broadband to a Gigabit capable connection (without the need for a match funding contribution).

Find out more about the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.

Rural businesses can claim up to £3,500 as part of a group scheme - visit for more information.

RDPE Growth Programme

Rural businesses across the district could benefit from access to £35 million in government funding to create new jobs, boost tourism, and unlock growth in rural areas. 
You could be eligible for a Growth Programme grant if your business is carrying out a project to create jobs or bring more money into the rural economy.

There are 3 types of grant:

  • Business development
  • Food processing
  • Rural tourism infrastructure

The threshold for minimum grants has been lowered from £35,000 to £20,000, meaning that smaller projects could now be eligible. If the Rural Payments Agency considers the project to be eligible, the applicant will then be invited to submit a full application. You must submit an Expression of Interest form before midnight on 16 February 2020.

For more information on how to apply to the Growth programme, go to: