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Malvern Hills Enterprise Scheme

The aim of the scheme is to support new and young businesses in the Malvern Hills district. The scheme will encourage the occupation of vacant commercial premises, help regenerate town centres, stimulate entrepreneurship, create new jobs, and enhance the sustainability of new businesses.

Pre-start businesses and new businesses that have been trading less than 36 months can apply for a grant of up to £500, or up to £1,000 if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • The business is in or moving into premises that are liable to business rates
  • The business employs or will employ 2 or more FTE employees (in addition to the applicant)
  • The business operates in the low carbon economy
  • The grant will be used towards expenditure that supports the business’ environmental sustainability

The grant must be match-funded, pound for pound (at least), from the business’s own resources. Only capital expenditure on an approved project/investment is eligible.

Apply for the Malvern Hills Enterprise Scheme.

Malvern Hills Growth Grant

The aim of the scheme is to support growing businesses based in Malvern Hills district and enable them to make a step change in their development. Growing businesses that have been trading for at least 3 years can apply for a grant of up to £2,500 which must be match-funded, pound for pound (at least), from the business’s own resources. Only capital expenditure on an approved project/investment is eligible.

The scheme is aimed at businesses that are not able to receive support through other European funded schemes (these typically support businesses that predominantly trade with other businesses). Malvern Hills District Council reserves the right to refer the applicant to a more suitable scheme where appropriate.

Only businesses which show specific promise and clearly demonstrate how the award will make a measurable difference will be recommended for the grant.

Funding is limited, applications that demonstrate one or more of the following will be prioritised:

  • Job creation
  • Premises expansion
  • Farm diversification
  • The applicant business is a rural enterprise
  • The applicant business operates in the low carbon economy
  • The grant will be used towards expenditure that supports the business’ environmental sustainability

Apply for the Malvern Hills Growth Grant.

Malvern Hills Upskilling Grant

The Malvern Hills Upskilling Grant helps businesses with the cost of apprenticeships and other training schemes. The grant provides funding of up to £1,000 (pro rata over 12 months) to help with the business cost of training new staff. These can be apprenticeships, graduates or other. An extra £1,000 is available if a trainee, initially employed on a training contract, is taken on as an employee.

Businesses can claim up to two upskilling grants in each financial year, up to a maximum of £10,000 over a five-year period.

Visit our upskilling and training page for more information.

We also deliver the Upskilling Bursary Scheme which helps apprentices and trainees access work and training. Apprentices and trainees can claim up to £500 a year to help with travel costs and up to £300 for equipment and clothing. 

Enterprising Worcestershire Grant

Enterprising Worcestershire is a grant fund that has been designed to create new jobs or contribute to an increase in turnover in start-up and early stage enterprises. The fund offers grants of £1,000 up to £15,000, representing 40% of the total project costs.

If you are a Worcestershire based business, and meet all the eligibility criteria below you may wish to apply for the Enterprising Worcestershire Grant Fund.

  • Worcestershire based Small Medium Enterprises (SME’s)
  • Trading for less than 36 months at the point of application
  • Meet the De Minimis State Aid regulations
  • Be trading at least 70% Business to Business
  • Organisations must be able to provide evidence of the availability of funding for the project (60% provided by SME)

Some items such as recurring revenue costs are not eligible for grant funding. 

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 the Business Central website 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

Rural businesses can claim up to £3,500 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

Elevate Worcestershire

The Elevate Worcestershire programme is a growth support offer for established, successful businesses with the vision and opportunity for significant further growth. The programme is flexible and will offer a variety of support packages to meet a range of business needs and sector specific challenges.

Aimed at aspiring SME’s ideally trading for a minimum of 3 years and employing 5 plus employees, the programme can offer specialist business support to:

  • encourage and enable growth
  • review processes and improve productivity 
  • look at sector specific barriers to growth and support SMEs to achieve their growth potential

Elevate currently offers generic growth support as well as specific industry support around Manufacturing Supply Chain, Digital Technology and Automated Manufacturing and Creative Tech.

On completing the support there will be the opportunity to apply for grant funding to help implement the actions and bespoke business plans that have been developed.

Elevate Worcestershire programme.

Three Counties Agricultural Society Bursary Scheme

Three Counties Agricultural Society Bursary in Memory of Joe Henson MBE supports those within the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire venturing into further education in agriculture or related subjects.

Three Counties Agricultural Society Bursary

Farming in Protected Landscapes Funding

Defra is offering funding for projects in England’s Protected Landscapes through the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme including the Malvern Hills AONB. It is for one-off projects and is not an agri-environment scheme.

The programme is time limited: it opened in July 2021 and is due to end in March 2024. Funding is available for projects that reflect at least one of the four Farming in Protected Landscapes programme themes:

  • Support NATURE recovery
  • Mitigate the impacts of CLIMATE CHANGE
  • Provide opportunities for PEOPLE to discover, enjoy and understand the landscape and its cultural heritage
  • Protect or improve the quality and character of the PLACE

Help is available to discuss and complete applications. Please contact Sash Warden Farming in Protected Landscapes (FiPL) Officer Tel: 01905 844686 Mob: 07873 616395 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who can give 1:1 help with your application. Read from a selection of case studies on the MHAOB website.

Prince’s Trust Development Awards: Small Grants for Young People Aged 16 – 30

The Prince’s Trust Development Awards programme provides small grants for young people aged 16 - 30 to help them access education, training and employment. They can offer £150, which you do not have to pay back. And up to around £500.

Applying for a Development Award will involve:

  • Attending a 30–45-minute Assessment Meeting with a Prince’s Trust member of staff or volunteer
  • Providing The Prince’s Trust with some paperwork to support the application, such as quotes and confirmation letters
  • Taking part in the evaluation process, which involves filling in a Prince's Trust profile monitoring form and completing post programme surveys three and six months after receiving the Development Award.

If you are under 18 you will also need parental consent.

In relation to the Development Award you would need to do:

  1. Fill in the Profile Form on the Prince's Trust website
  2. Send a copy via email to Sarbjit Bentley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with some form of legitimate ID (take a photo etc – Passport, Driving Licences etc)
  3. Send evidence of the course you want to do or the job interview you have
  4. Or any evidence of the outcome you hope to have from the DA (training/interview etc) so we know you are going to use the DA for a legitimate reason
  5. The interview/training/course evidence must be VALID and either on letterheaded paper or an email from the company providing the course or interview

Profile form and how to start it off:

View Online Profile Form on Prince's Trust website

  • To get you started it will ask you if you are applying for Development Award, tick YES
  • Are you on Achieve Programme, tick NO
  • Do you live in Scotland, tick NO
  • Where it asks for a unique ID number, leave it blank

If you have any questions contact: Sarbjit Bentley: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..