Please make sure you read all of our guidance notes and the frequently asked questions before you start your application.

Geographical Priority Areas

The document below provides information on the Funds current priorities. 

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.


The below document provides answers to frequently asked questions about the Fund. Please read this in conjunction with the above Guidance Notes.

Additional BLEF Guidance

The document below provides further information for projects with example activities that can be funded.  Please read this in conjunction with the Guidance Notes and FAQs.

Sample application forms & help notes

These forms are provided for information only. Please do not complete these forms.

All applications must be submitted through the online application system which is accessed by creating an account and taking a short quiz to check that your project meets the basic requirements to be eligible for funding. If your project meets the criteria you will be given a link to the application form. Take the eligibility quiz.

These sample application forms and help notes are available should you wish to be able to download or print off copies to help you to plan your application.

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Take a look at these handy animations to see what we are looking for with regards to your project idea and application.

Business and Local Economy Fund Animations