150 UK Small Enterprise Grants at present open for utility

Originally written by Anna Jordan about Small Business

UPDATED: Securing grants for your small business or start-up is an ongoing challenge – however, help is available. Here we have compiled a comprehensive list of grants from across the UK.

These funds are available to SME companies either within a specific local authority with fewer than 250 employees or with sales of less than £ 45,000 and a balance sheet of less than £ 39,000.

You will see that many of the funding options are often based on a specific location or sector, or are earmarked for a specific part of a business, such as: B. job creation or environmentally friendly changes. However, we will explain each grant with the information necessary to determine if it can apply to your project.

Grants can sometimes be combined with other forms of funding, e.g. B. Banks, grantors, crowdfunding platforms and other lenders. In fact, we have partnered with FundingOptions.com to help you find the right funding for your business. You can find your page here.

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the event of a no-deal Brexit

Many of the grants listed below are financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

In 2016, the Chancellor announced that the government would guarantee certain EU projects that were agreed before leaving the European Union. It covers all ERDF projects. In July 2018, the government extended the guarantee to cover all projects that would be funded under the 2014-2020 program.

1. The Prince's Trust Enterprise Program

As part of the Youth Can Do It program, The Prince & # 39; s Trust works with 18-30 year olds to help them develop their businesses. The program is divided into four sections: information session, workshop, building your company, start. There is no “company grant” as such, but you can secure funding through the program.

2. State apprenticeships

The government website has a lot of information about apprenticeships and how to register and use the apprentice service. They have different locations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

3. Innovative UK Smart Grants program

Innovative UK Smart Grants help deliver ambitious R&D innovations with significant potential to impact the UK economy.

The current financing round is open until May 26, 2021.

4th. Gigabit broadband voucher program

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small businesses to cover the cost of installing gigabit-enabled broadband connections. SMEs can claim £ 3,500 against connection costs. Use the postcode checker on the website to find out if you are eligible.

5. Other funding options from Innovate UK

Innovate UK runs a number of other competitions in niche areas. These include:

  • SBRI Competition – Improving Hip Fracture Outcomes Using Data, Phase 1
  • Commercialization of Quantum Technologies: Feasibility Studies Round 2
  • ISCF TFI: large joint R&D projects
  • SBRI: Improving acute care with multimorbidity using data analytics, phase 1
  • Eureka Eurostars 2: Round 15
  • ATF: moving the UK automotive sector to zero emissions
  • Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2020 to 2021, round 5
  • Knowledge transfer partnerships in African agriculture (KTP): 2020 to 2021, round 5

6th Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)

You have heard of this scheme. It helps startups raise money for their business. You will receive a maximum of £ 150,000 including state aid granted over the three years to the date of investment.

Make sure you meet the conditions so investors can apply for and keep SEIS tax breaks on their stocks. These tax breaks will be withheld or withdrawn if you fail to meet these conditions three years after investing. The money must be issued within three years of the issue of the share.

7th Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS)

Like the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme, except for incumbents.

8th. Eureka EuroTars

This is a joint program co-financed by the national budgets of 36 Eurostars. The grant allows you to turn your idea into a product and commercialize it. It works in a number of registration restrictions year round.

9. Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart program provides funding to create new jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on universal credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment. Employers of any size can apply for funding that covers:

  • 100 percent of the national minimum wage (or national living wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of six months
  • Associated employer contributions to social security
  • Minimum employer's contributions for automatic registration

Employers can extend the job placement start date until the end of December 2021.

10. R&D tax credits

R&D tax credits apply to innovative projects in science and technology. They can be claimed by companies that want to research or develop an advance in their field. You can even claim it on unsuccessful projects.

You can apply if you have fewer than 500 employees and a turnover of less than € 100 million or total assets of less than € 86 million.

11. British Council grants

British Council Grants fund research, travel and workshops. Find out about current options on the website.

12. Patent Box Relief

The Patent Box allows you to lower the corporate tax rate (to 10 percent) on profits from patented inventions and certain other innovations.

13. Land administration

Countryside Stewardship has a total of 244 grants depending on what improvements you want to make to your business and what options can be filtered based on your needs.

14th Woodland Creation Planning Grant (WCPG)

Receive a maximum of £ 30,000 per multi-purpose forest creation project.

fifteen. Grow It Award

This is one for entrepreneurs who want to solve a social problem.

You can apply up to £ 15,000 to grow with a support package of one-on-one coaching, training, mentoring and access to networks. They focus their resources on improving access to employment, developing resilient communities, and finding solutions for an aging society.

16. New Enterprise Allowance

This is for the unemployed who want to start their own business. Talk to your job center work coach. If eligible, you may receive a weekly allowance of up to £ 1,274 over 26 weeks plus mentor. You can also get it if you are self-employed and receive a universal loan but are not eligible for the weekly allowance.

17th Heritage Enterprise UK

This fund is used to restore neglected historical buildings and sites. Community organizations can receive a grant of between £ 250,000 and £ 5,000,000.

18th Architectural Heritage Fund

The Architectural Heritage Fund aims to transform major streets and city centers.

The grants vary in different parts of the country. So, before you apply, be sure to check what grants are available. Grant amounts also vary but can go up to £ 350,000.

19th Fit for Nuclear (F4N)

Fit For Nuclear helps manufacturing companies prepare to work in the nuclear supply chain. It offers free advice and training – applicants don't even need to have any nuclear engineering experience. F4N Connect is designed for businesses with ten or more employees or sales of £ 1.6m or more.

It is not a formal qualification and takes 12 to 18 months.

20th Innovative drug initiative

This company funds health research and innovation with opportunities for advanced therapies, voice in cancer clinical trials, and more.

21st Relief of business rates

As an SME, you can get business relief if the pro rata value of your property is less than £ 15,000 or your business only uses one property (although you may still be eligible if you use more). You must contact your local council to apply for business tariff relief.

22. Do It Award

Do It is managed by UnLtd, which also awards the Grow It Award mentioned above. It will help you start your social enterprise. Not only will you receive £ 5,000 to build your social business, you'll get access to training and events, and a dedicated awards manager (an expert helping social entrepreneurs start and grow). The Award Manager will be there to coach you and help you achieve your goals.

23. CRACK IT challenges

A challenging competition that funds the collaboration between industry, science and SMEs to solve business and scientific challenges that bring scientific benefits, either by improving business processes or by developing a commercial product. Depending on the challenge, contracts with a volume of up to GBP 1 million are available for up to three years.

24. Self-employed Income Support System (SEISS)

To be eligible for the scholarship, you must be a self-employed person or a member of a partnership. You cannot claim the grant if you are trading through a limited liability company or trust.

You must have acted in both tax years:

  • 2018 to 2019 and submitted your self-assessment tax return on or before April 23, 2020 for this year
  • 2019 to 2020

You must either:

  • Acting right now but are impacted by lower demand due to coronavirus
  • Traded, but temporarily not able to do so due to coronavirus

You also need to explain the following:

  • You intend to continue acting
  • You reasonably believe that your trading profits will decrease significantly

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Business Grants England

25th Heavy Commercial Vehicle Fund (HDV)

A £ 10.05 million HDV (Heavy Duty Vehicle) fund has been set up to help SMEs prepare for the Clean Air Zone in Birmingham.

To be eligible for funding, your company must be an SME that has been active for more than 12 months and that meets the following criteria:

  • Own or lease heavy goods vehicles that do not meet the Clean Air Zone emissions standards
  • Suitable non-compliant heavy-duty vehicles (N2, N3 and M3 only) must either:
    – Registered and in the Birmingham or Clean Air Zone
    – Registered and resident in the Birmingham City area and doing business in the Birmingham or Clean Air Zone
    – Registered and resident in the West Midlands area and doing business in the Birmingham Clean Air Zone.

You must also be able to prove:

  • The frequency of entry into the clean air zone based on the current operation.
  • The current emissions standard for registered, non-compliant heavy-duty vehicles.
  • The size of the company
  • The base location of the non-compliant vehicles in the past 12 months.

26th Adur and Worthing Small Business Grants

The Adur Council offers a growth grant and an apprenticeship grant. The Small Business Growth Grant is open to small businesses with up to ten employees to help the local economy grow and expand. A grant of up to £ 2,500 is available with a match funding contribution of 50 percent required.

The apprenticeship grants are available to individual companies with up to 50 employees and pay out £ 1,000 per apprentice. Each individual company can apply for up to two grants.

The Worthing Grant Fund is now fully committed and will not accept new applications.

27. High Impact Scale Up Coaching Grants

These grants are ideal if you are based in the west of England and need a business coach. Businesses receive grants of between £ 1,000 and £ 5,000 to cover the cost of coaching in the following areas:

  • Business / Executive Coaching
  • Qualified management staff
  • Command letter
  • Financial forecasting / management
  • Business planning
  • internationalization
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Advisory non-executive directorate

To help companies recover from COVID-19, they have expanded their scope to include the following:

  • Resilience planning
  • Leadership in Adversity
  • Planning for recovery
  • Reuse production capacity

Companies wishing to invest between £ 4,000 and £ 20,000 excluding VAT in any of the above areas over a period of ten months or less will receive grants. Your company must have between seven and 250 employees and have grown sustainably for at least two years.

28. Business grants for the Arun Valley

The Local Enterprise & Apprenticeship Platform (LEAP) is offering £ 1,500 for private and voluntary organizations looking to hire an apprentice.

You can also apply for a grant of up to £ 2,000. Note, however, that the grants are limited.

29 New Anglia Small Grants Scheme

The New Anglia LEP awards grants between £ 1,000 and £ 25,000 to entrepreneurs looking to grow their business.

30th New Anglia Growing Business Fund

Meanwhile, the New Anglia LEP has a growing business fund that provides up to £ 500,000 to local businesses looking to grow and create new jobs. It can cover up to 20 percent of your total project costs.

31. Broadland District Enterprise Grant

This is open to small businesses trading in Broadland with fewer than ten employees and who can apply for a grant of up to £ 750. The only condition is that you expand and develop your possibilities.

You can also get a £ 750 start-up grant for starting a new business. However, you need to apply before you can start trading. The grant is payable once you start trading.

Broadland District Council must review business accounts and quotes for the work or equipment covered by the grant.

32. TALE (transport and logistics efficiency)

TALE is a targeted business support program focused on improving logistics and supply chain efficiency and productivity for SMEs in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent and East Sussex.

The TALE program aims to show how companies can use data analysis tools and techniques to gain insights to improve their competitiveness by reducing costs, introducing new services, improving customer service and attracting new customers, and ensuring companies are safe from the risks of cyber attacks protected.

Grants up to £ 10,000 are available and all grants represent up to 40 percent of the project's eligible costs.

33. Speed ​​up Cheshire and Warrington

Accelerate Cheshire and Warrington is a £ 30 million program designed to help companies re-educate and retrain their current workforce.

Receive 100% Funding: This funding is available to employees who live or work in Cheshire and Warrington for a company with fewer than 50 employees.

To get 40 percent funding, there is no limit to the size of your business, but your employees must live or work in the Cheshire and Warrington area.

Below is a list of some of the training courses currently on offer:

  • Project management courses
  • Mental health awareness courses
  • Management and leadership courses
  • ISO courses (International Organization for Standardization)
  • Digital marketing courses
  • IOSH (Institution of Occupational Health and Safety) and health and safety training
  • CAD and SolidWorks courses

34. ISfB: Go-Create Grants, Oxford

Go-Create grants are offered as part of the Phase 2 “Innovation Support for Business” (ISfB) program. Go-Create grants are available on a competitive basis from £ 1,000 to £ 50,000 and are available to eligible small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Examples of innovation projects could be:

  • Investment in product and service development
  • Technological and applied research
  • Develop pilot lines
  • Early product validation measures
  • Support advanced manufacturing capabilities
  • First production

Applications are submitted all year round with regular deadlines throughout the year.

35. Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Program

The aim of these grants is to invest in equipment that will help you reduce CO2 emissions in your company. The Warwickshire District Council will fund up to 40 percent and provide grants between £ 1,000 and £ 50,000. The grants are used to install energy efficient equipment such as LED controls and renewable technologies.

36. Low carbon innovation grants, Warwickshire

With low carbon innovation grants, companies can develop a low carbon product or invest in low carbon technologies. Again, the council will cover 40 percent of the improvements and allocate between £ 1,000 and £ 50,000. It is intended for energy efficient upgrades and the establishment of environmentally friendly waste disposal systems.

37. Low Carbon Revenue Grants, Warwickshire

These grants aim to market low carbon products that are either new to the company or to the general marketplace. It's 40 percent coverage again, but with a maximum funding of £ 6,000. It covers topics such as market research, software and manufacturing consulting, and protection and certification of intellectual property.

38. East Sussex Invest 7 (ESI7)

This grant is funded by East Sussex County Council and the Regional Growth Fund. Grants range from £ 10,000 to £ 25,000 but require a minimum funding of 60 percent.

There is also a £ 1,500 grant to a newly accredited apprentice position. It is a one-time payment and does not require a match or proof of expenditure.

39. South East Creatives top-up grant

The Top-Up Scholarship is ideal for projects worth £ 3,000 and £ 6,000 where South East Creatives could fund 35 percent of your costs. The minimum grant that can be awarded is £ 1,000. The remainder of the cost must be paid from private funds and spent within one month of the grant being awarded.

If you are an individual entrepreneur or a company in the creative, cultural or digital arena, this can be a big boost for your business. Maybe come up with plans for new equipment you can't afford or buy expertise to grow your customer base.

40. Find East Sussex

Locate East Sussex provides support and access to finance to local businesses to fuel growth, including grants between £ 10,000 and £ 25,000.

41. Business grant, Elmbridge

Grants of up to 90 percent are available from the Civic Improvement Fund. Like many others, grants are given to small businesses that are tackling improvements such as training initiatives, marketing initiatives, and improving storefronts.

You will need offers from dealers, approval from your landlord, and other supporting documentation in order to apply.

42nd Elmbridge Start-Up Fund

This is a one-time grant for start-up costs such as marketing or purchasing equipment. You will need offers from dealers and a business plan that includes a sustainability section.

43. Digital High Street Fund, Elmbridge

The Elmbridge Digital High Street Fund (EDHSF) offers grants to help independent retailers build or update e-commerce websites.

Independent retailers located within the defined primary or secondary frontage of town centers and main streets of Elmbridge will have funding available for up to 90 percent of eligible costs up to a maximum of £ 2,000.

44. Business Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP), Worcestershire County

Worcestershire County offers free energy and resource efficiency reviews and grants up to £ 20,000. They are available to SMEs across Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Telford, Wrekin and Shropshire. You must have a minimum energy use of £ 2,000 to apply.

45. Greater Lincolnshire Growth Fund

The Greater Lincolnshire LEP can offer capital grants between £ 150,000 and £ 500,000, with 70 to 80 percent of the match funding between them. Projects must be able to start within 12 months of receiving funding.

The priority sectors are food, manufacturing, health and care, ports and logistics, visitor management, low carbon and digital.

Successful applicants will be required to pay a due diligence fee of up to £ 10,000 if they wish to proceed with the funding process.

46. Business Growth and Digital Growth Grants (GLLEP)

Lincolnshire Company gives grants to SMEs looking to increase sales or create jobs. It can be anywhere from 40 to 50 percent of your total cost and can range from £ 1,000 to £ 5,000. Your company must be based in the greater Lincolnshire area and your proposal for a grant activity must be agreed with a Business Lincolnshire advisor.

Applications can be made for a capital or income grant.

They are available from:

Lincolnshire Growth Hub Business Growth Grant (Enterprise)

For the purchase of equipment, software and professional advice.

Lincolnshire Growth Hub SME Digital Growth Grant (DGG)

To finance the implementation of internal ICT solutions such as cloud data storage or e-commerce platforms and digital systems. It is a fixed grant of £ 1,000 with an intervention rate of 50 percent.

47. Business Innovation Fund, west of England

The Business Innovation Fund supports companies from a wide variety of industries in developing innovative projects and products that not only meet market demand, but also enable industrial growth.

  • Grants of £ 20,000 or £ 50,000 to invest in innovation
  • Support and guidance in the transition from concept to commercialization
  • Work with the leading research institutions in our region
  • Advice on roadmaps for intellectual property, testing, and research and development
  • Developing a tailored research, development and innovation action plan for your company

You can apply if:

  • Your company is based in the west of England – Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire
  • You can match the cost of your project
  • You are a small or medium-sized company with fewer than 250 employees

48. Warwickshire County Council Growth Fund – small capital grants

Warwickshire County Council offers grants to small businesses with growth plans. Small and micro businesses receive grants ranging from £ 5,000 to £ 35,000 for capital projects.

49. Premises to improve the premises, Pendle

There is currently only one grant available through the Pendle Borough Council: Room Improvement Grants.

These grants support up to 50 percent of the eligible costs, up to a maximum of £ 3,000 (or a maximum of £ 1,500 in West Craven). This applies to eligible buildings occupied by commercial users and located within the boundaries of Pendle and the city center. It also includes redundant commercial properties within and immediately adjacent to the planning boundaries of the city center.

50. Scarborough Business Development Grant Scheme

Start-up grants are offered to start-ups and companies under 18 months with no more than ten employees. The grant can be used for the cost of necessary equipment and machinery, expansion, facility adaptation, and marketing. Up to £ 1,000 can be awarded for one project per year.

Expansion grants are available to established companies in the area looking to grow and new companies interested in working in the Borough area. The fund is primarily aimed at income programs and not capital projects. Up to £ 5,000 can be allocated to a project in a fiscal year.

You cannot apply for both scholarships.

51. Community shares ReBoost Fund

Power to Change has launched a new fund for companies. The Community Shares ReBoost Fund assists community businesses in raising community shares capital that can aid their recovery, pan or expand business in response to Covid-19.

Apply for development grants between £ 3,000-5,000 or match equity investments, typically matched pound for pound up to £ 25,000 from the ReBoost fund.

It is open for applications until April 2021.

52. Independent retail grant

The Independent Retailer Grant, provided by Retail Valley Borough Council, is providing £ 1,000 to encourage independent retailers to move into vacancies in Romsey and Andover.

It is open to new or existing businesses moving into ground floor space that has been vacant for at least a month in the primary and secondary shopping areas of Andover and Romsey. They must be class A1 or A3 buildings.

53. Repair grants for endangered cultural heritage

Grants under this program are designed to reduce the risk to some of England's most historic sites, according to the Heritage at Risk Register. You can apply for a grant at any time during the year. Historic England will endeavor to respond to you within six months.

54. Small Business Grant Scheme, Crawley

Available to Crawley-based companies in need of seed capital or existing companies looking to grow. You must be based in Crawley and have less than 50 employees. In addition, you need to adjust the fund by at least 50 percent.

The maximum grant available is £ 4,000 and is available until the pot is used up.

55. FEAST2, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and South East Midlands

The Food & Drink Forum, in partnership with The Mallows Company, has secured ERDF funding to provide a range of useful services to food and beverage manufacturers through September 2021.

Eligible companies wishing to buy manufacturing equipment receive grants to increase their growth, productivity, and job creation. The FEAST2 project can offer up to 25 percent of the grants to businesses in support of these purchases, though certain conditions apply.

Businesses must complete and submit a grant application form along with three offers for each device.

56. Growing company, Lincolnshire

The NBV Grant for Enterprise supports the growth or diversification of existing micro, small and medium-sized enterprises based in Greater Lincolnshire. The Fund may provide capital and income grants to trading companies for a specific project or investment.

You must pay the supplier the full cost of the project before claiming the grant element. It is therefore imperative that funds are in place to cover these costs before submitting the application. Retroactive requests will not be considered.

This University of Lincoln offering consists of a grant of between £ 1,000 and £ 2,500.

57. Malvern Hills Enterprise Scheme

The corporate program is intended to support new and young companies. The program will encourage the occupation of vacant business premises, help redevelop city centers, encourage entrepreneurship, create new jobs and improve the sustainability of new businesses.

Pre-Start and New Businesses that have been in trading for less than 36 months can apply for a grant of up to £ 500 or £ 1,000 if they meet the following criteria:

  • The company is located in premises that are subject to business fees
  • The company employs or will employ two or more full-time employees (in addition to the applicant)
  • Das Unternehmen ist in der kohlenstoffarmen Wirtschaft tätig
  • Der Zuschuss wird für Ausgaben verwendet, die die ökologische Nachhaltigkeit des Unternehmens unterstützen

58. Reigate und Banstead Business Support Grant

Holen Sie sich einen laufenden Zuschuss von bis zu 1.000 GBP von Reigate und Banstead Borough Council mit einer kostenlosen Jahresmitgliedschaft bei Enterprise Nation. Er steht Unternehmen offen, die starten, sich entwickeln oder wachsen möchten. Sie müssen in der Gemeinde ansässig sein und weniger als vier Mitarbeiter haben.

59. NBV-Zuschuss für neue Unternehmen, Nottinghamshire

Der NBV-Zuschuss gilt für Unternehmen mit Sitz in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire und Greater Lincolnshire. Es stehen Zuschüsse zwischen 1.000 und 2.500 GBP zur Verfügung, und Ihre Projektausgaben müssen mindestens 4.000 GBP betragen.

60. Cumbria Business Startup Support-Programm

Für Personen, die ein Unternehmen gründen oder in den ersten drei Handelsjahren sind, kann dieses Programm Schulungen, Unterstützung bei der Entwicklung Ihres Geschäftsplans und Zugang zu einem Zuschuss von 2.000 GBP umfassen. Sie erhalten außerdem ein Jahr lang eine kostenlose Grundmitgliedschaft bei der Handelskammer von Cumbria, wenn Sie mit dem Handel beginnen (im Wert von bis zu 400 GBP).

61. DIT Internalization Fund

Das Ministerium für internationalen Handel hat einen Europäischen Struktur- und Investitionsfonds (ESIF) für förderfähige Unternehmen in den East Midlands aufgelegt. Match-finanzierte Zuschüsse zwischen 1.000 und 9.000 GBP stehen für zukünftige Aktivitäten zur Verfügung.

• Ihr Unternehmen muss ein kleines oder mittleres Unternehmen (KMU) mit bis zu 250 Mitarbeitern sein
• Nicht mehr als 25 Prozent des Unternehmens gehören einem Unternehmen, das kein KMU ist
• Der Jahresumsatz beträgt höchstens 50 Mio. € oder die Jahresbilanz nicht mehr als 43 Mio. €

Die Mittel können zur Unterstützung von Bereichen verwendet werden, einschließlich (aber nicht ausschließlich beschränkt auf):

• Marktforschung
• IP-Beratung
• Übersetzungsdienst
• Internationale soziale Medien / SEO
• Messen (für die keine TAP-Finanzierung verfügbar ist)
• Unabhängige Marktbesuche
• Beratung und andere internationale kommerzielle Dienstleistungen

62. Zuschussprogramm des Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

Das CITB verfügt über Zuschüsse und Finanzierungsprogramme in ganz England.

63. Der West Lindsey Feasibility Fund (früher der Gainsborough Feasibility Fund)

Das WLFF unterstützt Unternehmen mit Honoraren und technischen Umfragen im Zusammenhang mit Entwicklung und Wachstum. Es werden Zuschüsse in Höhe von bis zu 5.000 GBP gewährt, Sie müssen jedoch eine 50-prozentige Match-Finanzierung bereitstellen.

64. Zuschuss für Unternehmenswachstum, Worcester City

Sie können einen Zuschuss zwischen £ 1.000 und £ 3.000 erhalten, der mindestens Pfund für Pfund aus dem Spiel finanziert werden muss. Ihr Projekt muss also mindestens 2.000 GBP kosten. Sie müssen seit mehr als einem Jahr gehandelt haben.

65. Tees Valley Apprenticeship Support Grant

Der Zuschuss unterstützt KMU, die Lehrstellen in Sektoren schaffen, die einer hohen Nachfrage und einem hohen Wachstum von Arbeitgebern ausgesetzt sind, wie im strategischen Wirtschaftsplan von Tees Valley festgelegt.

Die vorrangigen Sektoren, die durch den Zuschuss unterstützt werden, sind:

  • Erweiterte Fertigung
  • Prozess, Chemie und Energie
  • logistics
  • Gesundheit und Biologika
  • Digital und kreativ
  • Geschäfts- und professionelle Dienstleistungen
  • Konstruktion
  • Gesundheitsvorsorge
  • Kultur und Freizeit
  • education

Der Zuschuss zur Unterstützung der Lehrlingsausbildung steht KMU zur Verfügung, die von der Tees Valley Combined Authority als einer der oben genannten vorrangigen Sektoren eingestuft wurden:

  • Auszubildende im Alter von 16 bis 18 Jahren – ein Zuschuss von £ 3.000 ist verfügbar
  • Auszubildende ab 19 Jahren – ein Zuschuss von £ 2.000 ist verfügbar

Für Arbeitgeber, die nicht in einen der oben genannten vorrangigen Sektoren fallen, steht der folgende Zuschuss zur Verfügung:

  • Auszubildende ab 19 Jahren – ein Zuschuss von £ 500 ist verfügbar

66. Nördlich des Tyne Growth Fund

Der North of Tyne Growth Fund ist ein vom EFRE mitfinanziertes Investitionsprogramm in Höhe von 4,6 Mio. GBP, das das Wachstum von KMU unterstützt.

Sie könnten Anspruch auf einen Zuschuss von bis zu 30 Prozent der Ausgaben haben, wenn Sie eine KMU planen, die eine Kapitalinvestition von mindestens £ 134.000 plant und in Newcastle, Tyneside oder Northumberland expandiert oder sich niederlässt.

67. South East Business Boost (SEBB), Ost-Sussex, Kent, Essex

Offen für Unternehmen in der gesamten South East Local Enterprise Partnership. Unternehmen, die einen Zuschuss von 1.000 bis 10.000 GBP für ein Projekt zwischen 3.334 und 35.000 GBP erhalten möchten. Das Programm kann 30 Prozent der Kosten für die Qualifizierung von Projekten decken, der verbleibende Betrag wird von Ihnen übernommen.

68. Produktionswachstumsprogramm

Das Manufacturing Growth Program unterstützt die Fertigung in Großbritannien. Es ist Teil eines Gesamtpakets – eines Wachstumsmanagers für die Fertigung, der fortlaufend Unterstützung bietet, Chancen und Pläne für Wachstumspläne identifiziert und mit Experten zusammenarbeitet, um diese Pläne umzusetzen. Der Zuschuss deckt einen Prozentsatz der Kosten sowie den Anschluss an eine breitere Unterstützung ab. Sie müssen nachweisen können, dass Sie Pläne zur Verbesserung und zum Wachstum des Geschäfts haben.

69. Energieeffizienz für Unternehmen (BEE Anglia)

Grants of up to £10,000 are up for grabs from BEE Anglia with a typical intervention rate of 30 per cent, but it can be up to 40 per cent. Grants over £5,000 will only be given to very strong applications.

The scheme helps businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk to cut their carbon emissions. Improvements can include lighting and heating upgrades, electric vehicles and new machinery.

70. New Anglia Growth Through Innovation Fund

Grants up to £25,000 to help your business invest in innovation, research and development.

If you have plans to invest in a research and development (R&D) or innovation project, you could benefit from a grant of between £1,000 and £25,000 from New Anglia LEP’s Growth Through Innovation Fund.

The grant can pay up to 50 per cent of the total eligible costs of your projects.

71. Mansfield business grant schemes

Mansfield Council has a selection of business grant schemes, offering up to £2,500.

72. Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

NPIF provides funding throughout north of England through microfinance, debt and equity funds.

They’re broken down like so: Microfinance (£25k-£100K) Debt Finance (£100k-£750k) and Equity Finance (£50k-£2m)

73. Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Grants for Growth

These grant funds can be used to expand your premises and buy plant, machinery and equipment. The city council supplies capital grants between £10,000 and £160,000 on a variable intervention rate between 10 per cent and 30 per cent.

To qualify for a £10,000 grant, your project costs must total at least £35,000.

74. Buckingham Business First Grants and Vouchers

Buckinghamshire have a plethora of options for grants for manufacturing, growth, innovation and other areas. Check Buckinghamshire Business First to see what’s available.

75. Cumbria Infrastructure Fund

Part of the Growing Places initiative, the Cumbria Infrastructure Fund supports infrastructure projects which unlock development, creating jobs and homes in Cumbria. Contact the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership for more info.

76. PAPI, Yorkshire

Again, this is a whole collection of grants. They help small businesses in York, North Yorkshire, East Riding and Leeds City Region develop new products by supplying funds for equipment. You can find more information by clicking your region on the PAPI website.

77. Be Inspired – Staffordshire University

Be Inspired is a free resource for start-ups. It includes:

  • Eight training workshops over 12 months
  • Monthly business and networking events
  • Monthly mentoring sessions
  • £3000 of financial support
  • Bi-monthly business adviser review

78. The Supplier Skills Programme

Part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and managed by Birmingham City Council (BCC), the Supplier Skills Programme (SSP) is aimed at existing small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) seeking to upskill new and existing employees.

SSP responds directly to the skills and training needs identified by SMEs for their employees, thereby offering SMEs what they want and at the time they need It, in order to implement their skills and growth plans.

Training grants of between £500 to a maximum of £18,000 per SME are available and training will be funded 50 per cent by the SME and 50 per cent by the European Social Fund grant.

SSP operates on a funding round basis, with rounds being held every quarter until programme closure in March 2023 (subject to availability of grant funding).

79. Boost4Health

Boost4Health supports SMEs looking to develop their growth potential. It offers a mix of coaching and vouchers to help health-related businesses reach international markets.

80. Eden Tourism Grants

Eden Tourism offers a small tourism marketing grant for tourism related projects in the Eden District. There is a maximum of £500 available per project. Applications can be made at any time throughout the year.

Application details are on the Eden Tourism site linked above.

81. Low Carbon Workspaces

Low Carbon Workspaces is supplying funds between £1,000 and £5,000 for businesses to take on green initiatives like double glazing, LED lighting and smart heating. It’s open to SMEs in Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire.

82. North East Business Support Fund

The North East Business Support Fund is tailored to small businesses in County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.

It’s made up of three different programmes:

  • County Durham – grant funding and masterclasses
  • Northumberland – project grants and masterclasses
  • Tyne and Wear – project grants and masterclasses

83. Small Growth Grants, Dorset

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have traded successfully for at least 12 months and now have plans for a project that will facilitate business growth. The Small Growth Grants scheme is inviting applications for projects of a value from £4,000 upwards and successful grant applications are provided 25  per cent of eligible project costs.

​The minimum grant amount is £1,000 and the maximum is £5,000. For example, to receive a grant of £5,000 the total project cost will be at least £20,000. Eligible project costs include capital equipment, new premises works and fitting, new digital capability adoption and outsourcing of expertise.

The Small Growth Grant is currently open with completed applications to be submitted by December 3 2021

84. Arrow: Supporting Innovation in the North East

If your business innovation aim is to develop a new product or service, access new markets or gain market share, Arrow can provide access to academics, innovators and experts to help you innovate within your business.

Arrow can offer up to £10,000 of match funding. The 50/50 funding partnership with your SME will let you buy services or equipment from third parties for:

  • Proof of concept and validation
  • Survey and feasibility testing
  • Product design, development and prototyping
  • Analysis and testing
  • Commercial and contract research

85. South East Business Hub grants

The South East Business Hub lists grants and funding opportunities available across the south east.

86. Lancashire Manufacturing Growth Fund

The Lancashire Manufacturing Growth Fund wants to support ‘relatively significant’ projects with a value of around £15,000, which would warrant a grant of around £5,400. It’ll fund 36 per cent of your project. Again, those projects that lead to job creation and increased productivity are most desirable.

87. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Revenue Grant

Provided by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, small businesses based in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire can get £1,000 grants which must be matched by at least £667 of your own funding.

Typical expenditure would include:

  • Product design and development
  • Specialist consultancy
  • Consultancy costs to build or improve a website

88. Key Fund for Social and Community Businesses, East Midlands

Key Fund is one for socially driven businesses with community at their heart. You’ll get support with your application plus flexible grant and loan packages.

89. Medilink Solstice, Leicester

Medilink Solstice is aimed at businesses in the life sciences sector who are based in the Leicester LEP area.

You’ve got three grants to choose from:

  • Innovation Support Grants (up to £20,000)
  • Med Tech Trials Grants (up to £50,000)
  • Specialist Networking Grants (up to £3,000)


To be eligible for an AD:VENTURE grant, your business must be a pre-start, start-up or SME under three years old and looking to grow and create jobs. AD:VENTURE offers business and digital support too. It’s open to businesses in Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York (within the Leeds City Region).

91. Agri-tech Cornwall

For Cornish SMEs looking to work on innovations to improve efficiency, profitability and resilience in the agricultural sector.

Agri-tech Cornwall provides funding to go towards RDI and starts from £2,500.

Preferable research areas include:

  • Animal health and welfare in dairy cattle
  • Maximising soil, water and nutrient use efficiency for sustainable crop and livestock production
  • Improving the productivity of speciality crop production
  • Utilising technology to drive Agri-tech productivity and innovation

92. Business Energy Efficiency Programme, West Midlands

This programme covers SMEs in Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Telford and Wrekin who could get a grant up to £20,000. You’ll bag a free energy efficiency assessment too.

93. Business Growth Programme 2, Solihull

The current iteration of the Business Growth Programme, this round is open until February 17 2021.

This grant’s purpose is to strengthen supply chains, stimulate innovation and help businesses grow. Applicants can secure a grant between £2,500 and £1,000,000.

94. Leicester Business Growth Grant

This grant project supports small and medium-sized enterprises that have been trading business-to-business for at least 24 months in Leicester and Leicestershire who are looking to grow or develop their business. Grants from £2,000 up to £25,000 are available providing 35 per cent towards the cost of capital projects (e.g. new machinery, tools, premises improvement or expansion). A business adviser is provided to support applicants throughout the process.

95. Conservation grant scheme, Howardian Hills

This one is a Yorkshire-based grant for community infrastructure projects and countryside conservation work in the Howardian Hills Area of Natural Beauty (AONB).

Assistance normally sits in the 30-75 per cent range but with this scheme you may be funded 100 per cent of your project.

96. Energy for Business, Nottinghamshire

Energy for Business has grants up to £8,000. They’re aimed at businesses in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire who improve energy, reduce emissions or are introducing sustainable technologies. The organisation will fund 40 per cent, up to £8,000.

You’ve got a few conditions to bear in mind. The minimum project cost must be £2,500 and the maximum £20,000 – you’ll be given the grant once the work is completed.

97. LCR Future Energy, Liverpool

LCR is offering grants of up to £7,500 for SMEs in the Liverpool City Region to enter or grow in the renewable energy supply chain.

98. Proof of concept funding, Worcestershire

Worcestershire ‘Proof of Concept’ is designed to support local businesses to develop innovative new products and processes. If you want to investigate, advance, protect and commercialise early stage business ideas which are new to your company or new to market, it’s a good one to apply for.

You can get a grant up to £30,000 representing 40 per cent of the total project costs.

99. Wenta grants

Social enterprise, Wenta, provides access to grants for businesses in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Enfield. It can offer up to £3,000 via business support programmes. Find out more through its website.

100. Growth Deal funding, Black Country

The Growth Deal aims to drive business growth, give people new skills, test new innovations, invest in transport infrastructure and regenerate key sites for employment in the Black Country. It wants to maximise the economic impact of growth opportunities from the automotive, aerospace and construction sectors which prominent manufacturing areas in the Black Country. Funding is awarded on a case-by-case basis.

The only grant available is the Site Investigation Fund, aimed at private sector landowners seeking to de-risk and address uncertainty on their sites.

101. Big House Elevator Grant

SMEs in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire can apply for Elevator grants to support business growth. They must be in creative or digital industries (CDI), though.

They’ll put 30 per cent towards the project spend, between £1,050 and £2,250. You must be able to stump up the cash for your side of the deal and you can’t use any additional loans or grants to pay for your project.

102. Invest to Grow, Lincolnshire

Businesses in Lincolnshire can bag between £15,000 and £250,000 for developments that enable the delivery of new jobs and commercial space. It’s a rolling fund that can be applied to at any time.

103. Growing Hull & East Yorkshire Business Investment Grants

Growing Hull and East Yorkshire is a £1.5m business investment scheme aiming to provide capital grants to SME businesses in Hull and East Yorkshire to support and incentivise business growth, investment and job creation.

The programme builds on the success and momentum of the successful Growing the Humber business grant programme. The scheme should be considered alongside other finance options such as bank loans or asset finance.

Grants of between £5,000 and £250,000 are available to SME businesses that are able to demonstrate viability and will contribute to the wider growth of Hull and East Yorkshire. Grants below the minimum threshold may be considered as an exceptional case.

104. The Smart Concept Fund, Wolverhampton

Another Proof of Concept grant, this fund gives up to £16,500 at an intervention rate of up to 55 per cent to fund an approved development project. It’s expected to close early 2023. You must be based in the Black Country, The Marches or Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire.

It’s targeted towards businesses in the following areas:

  • Transport technologies (including aerospace and automotive)
  • Building technologies/construction
  • Advanced manufacturing including advanced engineering
  • Environmental technologies
  • Applied materials
  • Agritech/agriculture, food and drink
  • Medical technology
  • Energy generation
  • Defence and securities

105. Isle of Wight Rural SME Fund

Provided by Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, the Isle of Wight Rural SME Fund supports SMEs with potential for economic growth, leveraging in private sector investment, creating or protecting jobs and helping the rural sector.

Grants are available for capital expenditure between £2,500 and £50,000 but 50 per cent of the costs must be matched by private funds.

106. Invest to Grow, Derbyshire

The University of Derby supplies loans between £15,000 and £250,000 to support private businesses across the East Midlands to innovate, grow and create jobs. The following objectives will be prioritised:

  • It will create new jobs or safeguard existing positions in your company
  • It will increase the scope or scale of your company activity
  • It will improve the company’s performance
  • It has not commenced and will not be achievable in the timescales proposed without Invest to Grow support

You must be able to create jobs that can be sustained for at least three years – businesses that create higher-skilled jobs are preferred. The following sectors are also preferred:

  • Manufacturing (e.g. transport equipment and food and drink)
  • Life sciences
  • Konstruktion
  • logistics
  • Engineering
  • technology
  • Creative industries
  • Low carbon

107. Enhancing SMEs international trade performance

This project provides tailored export support services to SMEs across the North West including specialist advice, events, activities and financial support towards eligible export development activities.

The North West LEPs offer a range of support to help the growth and development of your export business. This includes events to identify potential exporters, pre-export development support, a specialist internationalisation programme for research and development focused companies, sector-specific events and market visits, specialist consultancy support and match funded grants of up to £1,500 for eligible companies to help implement bespoke Export Action Plans.

The 5 NW LEPs are made up of Cheshire & Warrington, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Liverpool City Region and Cumbria.

108. Apprentice funding, Maidstone

If your business is based in Maidstone and your apprentice is aged 16-24, you could be entitled to a £1,500 apprenticeship grant.

The amount you get will depend on the apprentice.

  • If they’re aged 16-18, you can get all their course costs up to advanced level apprenticeship qualifications
  • You can get half course costs if they’re aged 19-23
  • You may only receive a contribution if they’re 24-years-old or older

109. Greater Manchester #SEEDIFFERENT SME Apprenticeship Support Grants

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority have launched these grants for SMEs in Manchester who have a wage bill of less than £3m.

Grants of £3,000 may be offered to businesses that don’t pay the Apprenticeship Levy, are based in Greater Manchester, and who haven’t employed an apprentice in at least two years.

110. Salford Skills for Business Apprenticeship Fund

With this new apprenticeship fund, you can get assistance to cover the cost of training for an apprentice role, apprenticeship training for your existing workforce and funding to support employment costs for a new apprentice.

111. Harborough Business Grant for Apprenticeships

Grants of up to £750 are available to help businesses in the Harborough district take on new apprentices. Your business must have fewer than 150 employees and must not have taken on an apprentice for at least two years, though there could be flexibility on the latter depending on the circumstances.

112. Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE)

The RDPE is as it sounds: a programme to develop agricultural and forestry sectors. Within the programme, there are a number of grants for farming ammonia reduction, countryside productivity and rural broadband.

Business Grants Wales

The main providers of grants in Wales are the Welsh Government, the UK Government, the EU, local authorities and charities.

The finance locator on the Business Wales website is a great starting point for looking at the grants and other types of funding available in Wales, allowing you to filter and sort your results by funding type, source, geographic area, application status and so on to see the most relevant options for your business.

113. BG Effect Business Fund

The BG Effect Business Fund is a series of tools from BGCBC business development officers. It includes business start-up drop-in sessions, practical help and support from a volunteer team, links to programmes and Government support organisations and a local network of contacts, knowledge and resources.

114. Caerphilly Business Start-Up grant

This business development grant is to help companies to start up a business for the first time. Business start-ups in all business sectors may be considered. The applicant must be setting up the business in the Caerphilly County Borough.

Eligible costs could include:

  • Capital equipment
  • ICT equipment
  • Development of websites
  • marketing
  • Building works to business premises
  • Ausbildung

The business must not have started prior to application and approval. It’s a discretionary grant and can provide 50 per cent of eligible project costs to a maximum of £500.

115. Caerphilly Enterprise Fund

The Caerphilly enterprise fund can support new and established businesses and community enterprises throughout the County Borough.

Eligible project costs can include:

  • websites and e-commerce sites
  • feasibility studies
  • business planning
  • one off marketing costs
  • capital equipment
  • IT hardware and software
  • property and infrastructure improvements to commercial, industrial and retail premises

If you are a start up business you will need to submit a business plan together with the application form.

If you are an existing company you will also need to submit trading accounts.

116. ReAct for Businesses

ReAct is a redundancy support which helps businesses connect with people who have lost their jobs. The programme can help you pay their wages and get them into role-specific training.

You’ll receive £3,000 in quarterly instalments for the first 12 months to help cover their wages plus up to £1,000 for any job-related training. The scheme will cover those who are either a formal notice of redundancy or those who have been made redundant in the past three months.

117. Community toilet grant scheme, Gwynedd County

You could nab a payment of £500 for signing up to Gwynedd County’s new Community Toilet Grant Scheme. It aims to expand the choice of toilets that can be used by the general public and you’ll get the cash if you allow your toilet to be used.

Please note that there is a waiting list for the scheme at the moment.

118. ISO Grant Scheme, Gwynedd County

Gwynedd County Council is keen to help SMEs to get ISO accreditation for their business. The funding goes towards the cost of working with a consultant to get necessary certification. Unfortunately, the cost of the certification isn’t included.

119. Vacant commercial floor space grant, Newport

The first year in business can be tricky and Newport want to help with your first year’s rent in a commercial space or premises. It’s open to individuals, independent retailers and franchisees.

The grant will cover 50 per cent of your costs up to the value of £6,000. Have a business plan ready with a one-year cash flow forecast with profit and loss projections included. The grant will be paid directly to your landlord.

120. Start-up Business Grants, Newport City

Grants of up to £1,500 are being made available from Newport City Council and UK Steel Enterprise to pre-start-ups and businesses up to 12 months old.

The grant can be used in a number of areas:

  • A first year’s rent on first commercial premises
  • Plant and equipment
  • ICT equipment
  • Software, websites and related training

Newport City Council will put forward up to 40 per cent of ‘eligible and reasonable costs’.

The minimum grant is £250 for a total spend of £625 and the maximum grant is £1,500 for a minimum total spend of £3,750.

121. Carmarthenshire Rural Enterprise Fund

Rural businesses will get support from this fund. It will help develop new and existing premises for them with a view to creating new jobs. The grant will either be based on £20,000 per job created or up to the following intervention rates: small businesses 45 per cent and medium businesses 35 per cent. The maximum grant is £128,000 unless it’s an exceptional case where funding may be increased.

122. Accelerated Growth Programme

The programme offers support to high growth pre-revenue firms and SMEs. You must be able to grow turnover by at least 20 per cent a year, generate at least ten new jobs in three years. Start-ups are also accepted but they must have been trading for 12 months and must be looking to achieve the levels of growth mentioned above.

123. Green Port Hull

This one’s open to businesses in the green tech, low carbon and renewable energy sectors, with grants starting from £10,000 available. Your aim should be to increase productivity, skills and employment.

You can use the money in the following areas:

  • Launch a new business
  • Modernise, expand or re-organise an existing business
  • Upgrade a business by introducing innovative new technology or processes
  • Take a new product from development to production

124. Blaenau Gwent Kick Start Plus

A joint initiative funded by UK Steel Enterprise and administered by Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council. The grant is aimed at supporting new businesses trading from six months up to three years old, to develop and expand. The maximum grant award for business is £1,000 and applicants must be able to fund 50 per cent of the total funding required.

125. Bridgend Kick-Start Grant

Another joint initiative with by UK Steel Enterprise, this is a flexible grant scheme administered by Bridgend County Borough Council providing financial assistance to new or existing micro-businesses (fewer than ten employees and a turnover or balance sheet total of less than €2m) that are located, or are planning to locate, in the Bridgend County Borough.

The Kick Start Grant is a discretionary grant and can provide up to 50 per cent of eligible projects costs. The minimum grant is £250 and the maximum grant available is £4,000.

126. Wales Tourism Investment Fund (WTIF) and the Micro Small Business Fund (MSBF)

The WTIF is provided by the Welsh Government in partnership with the Development Bank of Wales, bringing together both grant and commercial funding into one combined package of financial support. Its key objective is to finance capital investment projects in the tourism sector in Wales which will have a positive impact on both the sector and the Welsh economy.

127. Circular Economy Fund

WRAP Cymru have implemented changes to the £6.5m Circular Economy Fund, which are designed to support even more organisations and more quickly.

In addition to funding the use of recycled materials in products, WRAP Cymru is now able to support preparation for re-use, refurbishment and re-manufacturing activities in Wales. These include the production of sustainable goods to aid the global fight against coronavirus.

Eligible projects must:

  • Increase the use of recycled plastic, paper / card or textiles in existing or new products (projects seeking to use other recycled materials will be considered on a case-by-case basis); or
  • Extend the lifetime of products / materials through preparation for re-use, refurbishment or re-manufacturing activities.

Organisations of any size, which are operating in Wales, may apply for a capital grant to invest in infrastructure and equipment for eligible circular activities. Small Scale grants are now available from £25,000 to €200,000 (the maximum de minimis threshold) and Large Scale grants are available from €200,000 to £750,000.

128. Local Places for Nature

The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Welsh Government are offering grants of £10,000–£50,000 (in 2020-21) for capital projects in Wales that will acquire, restore and enhance nature.

They are particularly looking for projects that can be seen “from your doorstep”. This means where people live, work, access public services, travel (including roadside verges and roundabouts) and spend their leisure time (including public open spaces).

The Local Places for Nature scheme will offer:

  • Up to one year of grant funding for nature projects worth up to £50,000. In certain circumstances we can fund up to £100,000 (discuss before applying).
  • Up to 100 per cent funding
  • Decisions within eight weeks of application

The grant programme will remain open until funds are exhausted.


In Scotland there are a few larger organisations who offer a number of different funding opportunities.

Better Business Finance: A portal that provides impartial information and support to businesses and entrepreneurs looking to develop and grow. Use this search to find out exactly what grant funding is available to your business with a complete list of known grants in Scotland.

Scottish Enterprise: A non-departmental public body which encourages economic development, enterprise and innovation in Scotland. For all grants and funding information please click here.

Business Gateway: Offers advice and guidance to start-up companies and established companies across Scotland. See below for specifics on grants and funding.

Scottish government: Search for business funding and advice.

Business Grants Scotland

129. Scottish Growth Scheme

The Scottish Growth Scheme is a package of financial support of up to £500m for Scottish businesses. It’s backed by the Scottish Government and aims to help businesses grow.

This funding will be provided through a series of initiatives which businesses can access for investment. The level of funding depends on which initiative you choose.

130. Scottish Venture Fund

The Scottish Venture Fund invests in companies from start-ups, early-stage to expanding businesses seeking funding to develop products and/or markets.

This fund can invest alongside sophisticated private sector investors on equal terms, up to a maximum of 50 per cent of the total funding package on a commercial basis. This flexible equity gap fund invests alongside private sector investors, offering equity funding from £10,000 up to £2m.

131. Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development

The Open Fund has separate funding strands for individuals and organisations within the creative industries.

  • Funding available for between £1,000 and £100,000
  • The fund aims to enable individuals and organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances
  • The overall budget for the Open Fund for Individuals and the Open Fund for Organisations totals £7.5m of National Lottery money
  • The fund is open all year round, with no deadlines and can support activity for up to 12 months.

Funding for individuals

Freelance and self-employed artists and creative practitioners in Scotland can apply for projects supporting the development of their practice. You may apply for funding to work with others if your practice is collaborative. You must have a UK bank account.

Funding for organisations

This fund is for organisations and groups based in Scotland whose work or project involves the arts, screen and creative industries. All applicants must have a UK bank account.

132. Temporary Closure grant

If your business needs to close due to Covid-19, you could be entitled to a Temporary Closure grant every four weeks, of one of the following:

  • £2,000 if your business premises has a rateable value of up to and including £51,000
  • £3,000 if your business premises has a rateable value of £51,001 or above
  • An upper limit of £15,000 in total in any four-week period will apply to any eligible business operating multiple premises

From January 1 2021 there will no longer be an upper limit of £15,000 for any eligible business operating multiple premises.

133. Scottish Wedding Industry Fund

This new fund aims to provide support to businesses whose main income comes from the wedding and civil partnerships industry, which has been significantly impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s provided by the Scottish Government and administered by Scottish Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

The fund offers a fixed grant amount based on turnover. The funding tiers are:

  • A £5,000 grant for businesses with a pre-COVID-19 turnover between £10,000 and £49,999
  • A £10,000 grant for businesses with a pre-COVID-19 turnover between £50,000 and £99,999
  • A £15,000 grant for businesses with a pre-COVID-19 turnover between £100,000 – £249,999
  • A £25,000 grant for businesses with a pre-COVID-19 turnover of more than £250,000

The application form will be available from January 28 2021 at 12pm.

134. Workplace Innovation Grant

The Workplace Innovation Grant is paused until the new financial year.

Scottish-based businesses who want to introduce innovative practices in their workplace

The fund can contribute up to £5,000 towards activities that will allow a business to introduce new and innovative workplace practices. To get the grant, the project must fulfil at least two of the following three criteria:

– People: To support motivating staff beyond pay. For example, recognising the benefits of diversity, reward and supporting learning and development
– Place: To support improving or maintaining a positive workplace culture, creatively use physical space to improve how employees work together, offer training associated with integrating technology which enables employees to share knowledge
– Practice: To support work practices to become fair, responsible and improve productivity. For example, flexible working practices, creating self-managed teams and a culture of leadership and coaching.

135. VisitScotland Growth Fund Grants

Scottish-based businesses who wish to do a collaborative tourism marketing campaign can apply. VisitScotland wants to ‘work with businesses to help them build digital capability, market and measure outputs and success more effectively. We encourage applications for integrated marketing campaigns that will show visitors, through creation and promotion of inspiring digital content, that ‘Scotland is Now’.’

Successful applications must demonstrate:-

  • A strong digital focus and creation of digital content
  • Strong strategic alignment
  • An innovative approach
  • Effective partnerships and collaboration
  • Achievable and measurable growth targets
  • A sustainable approach
  • Project viability and deliverability

136. EventScotland funding programmes

Scottish businesses developing events that will generate significant TV and media coverage and/or create significant economic impact for Scotland. Any events programme that plays an integral role in developing domestic tourism across Scotland. However, there is ‘no specific remit for supporting productions, conferences or exhibitions’

Funding streams are currently being reviewed due to COVID-19 but keep an eye on the website or further details.

Funding is not provided for core costs but rather for ‘additionality’ or supporting new activity specifically designed to grow events

It can also be offered for marketing and PR costs, in order to grow the brand and reach new target audiences as well as enhancing media coverage

Funding may also be offered to improve the visitor experience of the event.

Useful link: – Looking for funding? Find the right finance for your business here

137. NESTRANS Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme

NESTRANS supports development of travel plans in Aberdeen City and Shire. Applicants can bid for up to £10,000 in matched funding to support sustainable transport initiatives.

138. Scottish Edge

Scottish EDGE is ‘a competition aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s up-and-coming, innovative, high-growth potential entrepreneurial talent’. Winners can receive up to £100,000 in funding plus a business support package to help them make the most of any grant money.

The main categories within which awards are made are: Science and Tech, Creative, Social Enterprise, and Circular Economy businesses.

139. Forestry Grant Scheme

This scheme is focused on providing financial support for businesses involved in the creation of either new woodland spaces or the sustainable management of existing woodlands. It is managed by the Scottish Rural Payments and Services agency and Scottish Forestry.

140. Small Innovation Grants Scheme

This grant scheme is administered by the Highlands and Islands Enterprise agency, which is based in Inverness. The agency can offer grants of up to £15,000. The award of this funding is discretionary, with priority given to innovation projects that are directly responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

This could be a health-related solution, or something that helps other businesses get back to work –whether through diversification, use of technology, adapting business practices to adjust to the changing economic environment, or developing new products to continue to trade.

141. Culture & Business Fund Scotland

The CBFS is managed by Arts & Business Scotland, an independent charity. The fund offers pound for pound match funding for eligible projects of between £1,000 and £40,000 (excluding VAT) and is available across two tiers:

  • Smaller funds of between £1,000 and £3,000
  • Larger funds of over £3,000 and up to £40,000

Its aims are to encourage businesses to sponsor arts and heritage activity within Scotland while building new business sector partnerships over a minimum two to three-year commitment.

142. Fife Financial Support to Businesses

The Fife’s financial support covers businesses in the area looking to invest and grow. The fund amount is up to 70 per cent or £10,000, whichever is the smaller cost. It’s fully repayable and must be paid back over an agreed period except for some small funds which are a mixture of repayable and straight grant funded support.

Funding is intended to be used for measures like product development and property improvements as well as training and market development.

143. Workforce Upskilling Grant

This scheme will give you at grant of up to £2,000 if you’re looking to improve productivity and profitability through staff training.The workforce upskilling grant can be a 100 per cent contribution so if the total cost of the training is £2,000 or less, they’ll cover the full amount.

144. Orkney Islands New Business Start Up Grant

Orkney Islands Council fund the New Business Start Up Grant and can give you £500-£1,500. The main condition is that applicants must be developing a new start-up business and build a full-time sustainable enterprise.

The council is looking to target tourism, food and drink, renewable energy, lifeline local service providers and community-based social enterprise companies. Franchise businesses are also eligible.

145. West Dumbarton Business Start Up Grant

This grant is for people in West Dunbartonshire to get up to £500 support with their business start-up costs. You must put forward a business plan and provide proof of trading such as evidence of a business bank account and identification like a passport or birth certificate.

Northern Ireland Business Grants

146. Proof of Concept Grant Fund

This Proof of Concept Grant Fund from Techstart is a pre-commercial grant awarding fund. It supports entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland with grants to explore the viability and commercial potential of an innovative concept.

Techstart gives out concept grants of either up to £10,000 or a concept plus grant of up to £35,000. Concept Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis while Concept Plus Grants are awarded every four months.

147. Skills Advancement Grant

Applicants can get up to £10,000 to go towards staff training for firms involved in manufacturing or internationally tradeable services. Just be aware that it’s only open to Invest Northern Ireland customers.

If you’re able to show that you intend to sell outside Northern Ireland, are actively working towards growth plans, and will contribute to increasing productivity and innovation in Northern Ireland, you could become a customer of Invest NI.

You’ll also need to have an actual turnover greater than or equal to £250,000 and external sales greater than or equal to 25 per cent or £250,000.

148. DAERA forestry grants

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs is a government department in the Northern Ireland Executive. Its Forestry Grant Scheme for 2014-2020 as four main objectives for businesses involved in: expanding forests, protecting existing forests, woodland management and the ‘agri environment’.

149. Brexit Readiness Vouchers

Brexit Readiness Vouchers give you financial support up to £2,000/€2250 towards professional advice relating to Brexit matters like movement of labour, goods, services and currency management.

Your company must be a registered small business in order to be eligible.

150. Rural Business Investment Scheme, Derry City and Strabane District Council

The fund supplies capital grants for non-agricultural micro, small and social enterprises in rural parts of Derry City and Strabane Council.

Potential applicants must go to a mandatory pre-funding workshop and be ‘investment ready’ – that means having a business plan, planning permission, match funding and quotations or tenders in place for capital grants before you apply.

The support includes 50 per cent funding and grants between £500 and £90,000 depending on the size or activity of the business and marketing grants from £500-£5,000 (up to £10,000 for e-commerce).

Business Finance in Northern Ireland

In addition to the grants mentioned above, we should also mention that there are a number of government managed SME funding available operated under the aegis of Invest NI, Northern Ireland’s inward investment agency. The agency oversees £186 million worth of debt and equity funding, beginning with seed stage through to Series A and, ultimately, equity funding. The main funds are:

Small Business Loan Fund

The NI Small Business Loan Fund gives loans between £10,000 and £100,000 to small businesses in Northern Ireland.

Growth Loan Fund II (ERDF)

A £30m loan fund designed to support export-focused Northern Ireland SMEs demonstrating growth or strong growth potential.

Growth Finance Fund

A £30m loan fund designed to support export-focused NI SMEs demonstrating growth or strong growth potential.

Equity funding

Co-Fund NI

The Co-Fund NI is a £50m equity fund for early-stage start-ups that will co-invest alongside business angels or private investors.

Clarendon Fund Managers (CFM) manages the £17.7m Co-Fund II on behalf of Invest NI.

Development Funds I & II

For companies who require larger sums of cash, there are the £48m Development Funds I & II. These are managed jointly by VC firms Crescent Capital and Kernel Capital.

Development Funds are usually for established companies and they typically won’t invest in early-stage ventures. If you have previously raised £150-£300,000, then the Development Funds can provide follow-on funding.

For more detail on these funds, head over to our guide to small business funding Northern Ireland.

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