Business grant scheme

About the grant scheme

The Elmbridge Civic Improvement Fund (ECIF) offers money to Elmbridge businesses to support business growth and boost the local economy.

To date the fund has provided over £1,150,000 to local businesses and projects, with over 240 applications having been approved. Grants of up to 90% are available.

The types of projects that the scheme supports include:

  • street furniture and street scene improvements

  • improving shop fronts and signage

  • promotions and marketing initiatives

  • learning and skills or training initiatives

  • fat, oil and grease (FOG) interceptors for restaurant and catering premises

 Find out how these businesses benefited from their new shop fronts.       

Applying for funding

Once completed, send your application form in via post to the Organisational Development team or email it to

Key information to include with your application:

  • three quotes for each element of your application - help on finding approved traders is available here

  • written consent from your landlord (if applicable)

  • a mock-up of the proposed works (if applicable)

  • confirmation that you have checked the Planning Portal regarding whether your project requires planning or advertising consent (if applicable)

  • any other relevant supporting documents

Key points to remember:

  • We are required to carry out Business Rates and Licensing checks as part of your application.

  • Your application may be delayed without the key information above.

  • If your business is VAT registered and the expenditure will be used in the supply of VAT-eligible goods or services then the grant will be made excluding VAT.

  • Applications are for one-off grants only.

  • The grant cannot cover the cost of any professional fees.

  • Works which have already commenced prior to an application are ineligible for a grant.

  • All applications are assessed on an individual basis so the percentage award will vary.

If you require any more information, please contact us at

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