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. 

Geographical Priority Areas 2023/24

Guidance Notes & FAQs

The below document provides information about the Fund and answers to frequently asked questions. 

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.

If you have any queries please contact us by email. We can also arrange a telephone call to discuss any queries you may have:


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