SME Recovery Grants now open

Dorset Growth Hub has opened up applications for the Dorset SME Recovery Grant.

The organisation has been awarded a total of just under £550,000 of grant funding to distribute to eligible, Dorset based SME businesses that are trading in the tourism sector as well as the wider economy. These non-repayable grants are funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

You can now apply for between £1,000 – £3,000 or £5,000 in exceptional circumstances via the Dorset Growth Hub website (

Grants will be spent on projects to aid job safeguarding and business survival, such as improving websites, implementing new technology, improving use of outdoor space, with awnings and heating and also consulting, accessing expert advice on management, legal and HR.

The guidelines on the Dorset Growth Hub web page ( also point out what the grant can’t be spent on such as PPE and business as usual items.

The closing date for applications is 31 January 2021 or when the total budget has been allocated.