Funding & Support

Find available Funding and Support

We offer a wide range of funding options and support services for businesses in our area, including free business advice using our online chat tool and advice is also available through South East Business Boost.

Folkestone Community Works

Folkestone Community Works encourages businesses, organisations, charities and voluntary groups, to put forward and deliver projects that boost employment, help local businesses grow and improve opportunities for local residents. Running until 2022 – we aim to improve social and economic community cohesion in Broadmead, East Folkestone, Central Folkestone and Folkestone Harbour wards.

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Business Support

Folkestone and Hythe District Council offers business briefings with Pro-actions.

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Apprenticeships

Folkestone and Hythe District Council signposts local businesses interested in employing local residents through apprenticeships. Apprenticeships provide an opportunity for your business to grow and viable career progression for young people.

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Folkestone & Hythe High Streets Fund

The District Council has established a High Streets grant scheme to support improvements and encourage new and innovative ideas to help our high streets adapt and thrive in the future.

Folkestone & Hythe High Street Fund – UPDATE COVID-19

The Folkestone & Hythe High Street Fund was launched in October 2019 with the aim of supporting projects to drive the regeneration of our town centre and high streets.  Since the launch we have approved 22 applications, with grants awarded to the value of £338,345.

However, during these uncertain times we will keep the fund open to new applications but we will not be reviewing these until 1st September 2020.  However, unfortunately due to resource issues, support from the Economic Development team will not be available until this time to help applicants with their sumbissions.  This will be subject to ongoing review and this date may be brought forward if possible.

What does this mean if you have already received confirmation of a successful application?

We will continue to process claims where projects have been successfully completed in line with the terms of the signed Grant Agreement and where evidence is submitted as required in support of any financial claims.

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Other Grants and Loan Funding

Every business could do with a growth boost and if you’re an expanding business or an ambitious start-up, we can help you access the finance you need through experts that are able to help you secure these funds.

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Free Live Chat Support

Businesses in Folkestone and Hythe can now access online business advice through a FREE Live Chat in one click. Expert business advice is provided by Kent and Medway Growth Hub, providing easy access to support for businesses to start-up and grow.

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