New Forest Rural Resilience Fund

Small and medium-sized businesses in New Forest are now able to benefit from a new £25,000 grant fund related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The fund has been developed by Solent LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) working in collaboration with the council.

Grants of up to £2,500 will be provided to rural businesses that are looking to develop alternative ways of working during the coronavirus pandemic. The grants must be matched with private funds (50% of total costs).

The funding will be provided in advance, with full evidence of expenditure to be provided within three months.

This grant is available specifically to businesses which are not eligible for either the Small Business Grant or Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grants.

The fund recognises that a significant proportion of local businesses have fallen outside the scope of the funding announced to date, but still require financial assistance to strengthen resilience.

In order to be eligible, projects must safeguard jobs and demonstrate how they will benefit the New Forest's rural economy.

This scheme is administered by Natural Enterprise. It is strongly recommended that you discuss your application with Natural Enterprise before submission.

For further information, download the technical guidance document below.

Icon for pdf New Forest Rural Resilience Fund Technical Guidance [1.03MB]

Apply for a grant

To submit an application for the New Forest Rural Resilience Fund, download the form below.

Icon for word New Forest Rural Resilience Fund Application Form [143.94KB]

Once you have completed the form, submit it along with a copy of your latest full trading accounts via email to


For general enquiries about the New Forest Rural Resilience Fund, contact the Natural Enterprise team.

Phone: 07813 065509


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