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Business Fund guidance

The below documents have been designed to help you at each stage of the Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF) application process. 

Guidance Notes

The below document provides information about BLEF, including background about the Fund and queries around what you can apply for. Please read this in conjunction with the below FAQ document. 

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Business and Local Economy Fund Guidance Notes


The below has been created to answer frequently asked questions about the Fund. Please read this in conjunction with the above Guidance Notes. 

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Business and Local Economy Fund FAQs 

Sample application forms 

All applications must be submitted through the online application system accessed through the eligibility quiz.

However sample application forms are available should you wish to be able to download or print off copies to view. Please do not complete these forms. 

Download the documents below: 

SAMPLE BLEF Application Form (£10,000 - £75,000)

SAMPLE BLEF Expression of Interest form (£75,001 - £1 Million)

Application Help Notes

The aim of these notes is to help applicants complete the online application form. This includes step-by-step support about how to use the online system and a guide to the information applicants must provide about their project, including why we’re asking for certain information and how this will be used. 

Download the documents below: 

Help Notes - BLEF Application Form (£10,000 - £75,000)

Help Notes - BLEF Expression of Interest (£75,001 - £1 Million)