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Business grants.

The Council is committed to encouraging innovation and supporting existing companies that want to grow.

The Council is able to offer grants when funding allows, however, these schemes are discretionary and may have restricted eligibility. The following grants are offered by the Council.

Commercial Improvement Area Grant The grant assists with costs for external building improvements. Environmental and internal improvements may also be considered. All works must be within the curtilage of the property.

The property must be located within a designated Commercial/Industrial Improvement Area.

Level of financial support: 50% of eligible costs up to a maximum grant of pounds 15,000 Community and Prominent Buildings Grant The grant assists with costs for external building improvements. Environmental and internal improvements may also be considered. All works must be within the curtilage of the property.

To be eligible the building will have some significant structural or community feature or be in a prominent position.

Level of financial support: 50% of eligible costs up to a maximum grant of pounds 15,000 Regeneration Grant The grant assists with costs for external building improvements. Environmental and internal improvements may also be considered. All works must be within the boundary of the property.

Level of financial support: 50% of eligible costs up to a maximum grant of pounds 10,000 Business Start-up grant The grant programme assists small businesses (who have not yet started trading) with their early set-up costs e.g. funding towards initial outlay on equipment.

Applicants will be required to prepare a Business Plan with the guidance of a Business Advisor.

Level of financial support: Grant of between pounds 500 and pounds 2000 - 50% of eligible costs E-commerce Grant The grant assists businesses to gain or develop an internet presence. Eligible items may include design of website and registration of domain name.

Level of financial support: 50% of eligible costs up to a maximum grant of pounds 2,000.

For further information or to apply for any of the grants listed please contact the Business Support Team on 01443 665050 or Email: invest@rhonddacynon-taff.gov.uk alternatively visit http://www. rhondda-cynon-taf.gov.uk and follow the links to Business Support.

NB: Any purchases or works undertaken before any written Grant Approval from Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council cannot be considered for grant purposes.
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Date:Jun 28, 2008
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