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Bridgend Kick-Start Grant

This is a flexible grant scheme delivered through a partnership with UK Steel Enterprise and Bridgend County Borough Council. It provides financial assistance to new or existing micro-businesses that are located, or are planning to locate, in Bridgend County Borough. A micro-business is one which has fewer than ten employees and a turnover or balance sheet total of less than €2 million.

Who can apply?

New start-ups and businesses within the first three years of trading may be considered. The business must be located within Bridgend County Borough. We may seek reimbursement if the business moves away from the area within one year of being awarded funds.

Who cannot apply?

Those who are not eligible to apply are:

  • organisations or groups not undertaking trading activities
  • political or religious groups
  • clubs and societies
  • voluntary organisations
  • those in receipt of funds above state aid thresholds

What can be funded and how much can you apply for?

Eligible costs could include:

  • capital equipment
  • computer equipment
  • development of websites
  • building works to business premises

The Kick Start Grant is a discretionary grant and can provide up to 50% of eligible projects costs. The minimum grant is £250 and the maximum grant available is £4,000.

What we cannot fund

There are certain costs the scheme cannot fund, such as:

  • VAT or any other taxes
  • vehicles
  • legal costs/works being carried out as a statutory requirement
  • refinancing of bad debts of any kind
  • training costs
  • any costs incurred prior to formal approval

How to apply

For an application pack please contact:


Kick-start Grant

Bridgend County Borough Council
Telephone: 01656 815315

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