150 UK Small Enterprise Grants To Apply Now – UPDATED

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

> Further information can be found at: National Small Business Blocking – What Support is Available?

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 funds available for up to 90 percent of the 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)
  • The company operates in the low-carbon economy
  • The grant is used for expenses that support the company's environmental sustainability

58. Reigate and Banstead Business Support Grant

Get an ongoing grant of up to £ 1,000 from Reigate and Banstead Borough Council with a free annual membership to Enterprise Nation. It is open to companies that want to start, develop or grow. You must be a local resident and have fewer than four employees.

59. NBV New Business Grant, Nottinghamshire

The NBV grant applies to companies based in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Greater Lincolnshire. Grants are available between £ 1,000 and £ 2,500 and your project expenditure must be at least £ 4,000.

60. Cumbria Business Startup Support Program

For individuals starting a business or in their first three years of trading, this program may include training, assistance with developing your business plan, and access to a £ 2,000 grant. You will also receive a free basic membership to the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce for one year when you start trading (worth up to £ 400).

61. DIT Internalization Fund

The Department of International Trade has launched a European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) for eligible companies in the East Midlands. Match-funded grants between £ 1,000 and £ 9,000 are available for future activities.

• Your company must be a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) with up to 250 employees
• No more than 25 percent of the company belongs to a company that is not an SME
• The annual turnover does not exceed € 50 million or the annual balance sheet does not exceed € 43 million

Funds can be used to support areas including (but not limited to):

• Market research
• IP consulting
• Translation service
• International social media / SEO
• Trade shows (for which no TAP funding is available)
• Independent market visits
• Advice and other international commercial services

62nd Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Grant Program

The CITB has grants and funding programs across England.

63. The West Lindsey Feasibility Fund (formerly the Gainsborough Feasibility Fund)

The WLFF supports companies with fees and technical surveys related to development and growth. Grants of up to £ 5,000 are available, but you must provide 50 percent match funding.

64. Business Growth Grant, Worcester City

You can get a grant of between £ 1,000 and £ 3,000 with at least pound for pound funding from the game. So your project must cost at least £ 2,000. You must have been trading for more than a year.

65. Tees Valley Apprenticeship Support Grant

The grant supports SMEs creating apprenticeships in sectors that are experiencing high demand and high employer growth, as set out in the Tees Valley Strategic Business Plan.

The priority sectors supported by the grant are:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Process, chemistry and energy
  • logistics
  • Health and biologics
  • Digital and creative
  • Business and professional services
  • construction
  • Health care
  • Culture and leisure
  • education

The Apprenticeship Support Grant is available to SMEs that have been identified by the Tees Valley Combined Authority as one of the priority sectors listed above:

  • Apprentices aged 16-18 – a £ 3,000 grant is available
  • Apprentices aged 19 and over – a £ 2,000 grant is available

The following grant is available for employers who do not fall into any of the above priority sectors:

  • Apprentices aged 19 and over – a £ 500 grant is available

66. North of the Tyne Growth Fund

The North of Tyne Growth Fund is an ERDF co-funded £ 4.6 million investment program that supports the growth of SMEs.

You could be eligible for a grant of up to 30 percent of the expenses if you are planning a SME with a capital investment of £ 134,000 or more and expanding or setting up in Newcastle, Tyneside or Northumberland.

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

Open to businesses throughout the South East Local Enterprise Partnership. Companies wishing to receive a grant of £ 1,000-10,000 for a project between £ 3,334 and £ 35,000. The program can cover 30 percent of the cost of qualifying projects, the remaining amount is paid for by you.

68. Production growth program

The Manufacturing Growth Program supports manufacturing in the UK. It's part of an overall package – a Manufacturing Growth Manager who provides ongoing support, identifies opportunities and plans for growth plans, and works with experts to implement those plans. The grant covers a percentage of the cost as well as connection to wider support. You need to be able to demonstrate that you have plans to improve and grow the business.

69. Energy efficiency for companies (BEE Anglia)

Grants of up to £ 10,000 can be made by BEE Anglia with a typical intervention rate of 30 percent, but they can be up to 40 percent. Grants over £ 5,000 are only granted for very strong applications.

The program helps companies in Norfolk and Suffolk reduce their carbon emissions. Improvements can include lighting and heating improvements, electric vehicles, and new machines.

70. New Anglia growth through innovation funds

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

If you are planning to invest in a research and development (R&D) or innovation project, you can receive a grant of between £ 1,000 and £ 25,000 from New Anglia's LEP Fund for Growth Through Innovation.

The grant can be used to pay up to 50 percent of the total eligible costs of your projects.

71. Mansfield Business Grant Programs

Mansfield Council offers a range of corporate grant programs with an offer of up to £ 2,500.

72. Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

NPIF finances across the north of England through microfinance, debt and equity funds.

They are broken down as follows: microfinance (£ 25,000 to £ 100,000), debt finance (£ 100,000 to £ 750,000) and equity finance (£ 50,000 to £ 2 million)

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

With these grants you can expand your premises and buy equipment, machinery and equipment. The city council grants capital grants between £ 10,000 and £ 160,000 with a variable intervention rate of between 10 and 30 percent.

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

74. Buckingham Business First Grants and Coupons

Buckinghamshire offers a variety of options for grants for production, growth, innovation and other areas. First, check out Buckinghamshire Business to see what is available.

75. Cumbria Infrastructure Fund

As part of the Growing Places initiative, the Cumbria Infrastructure Fund supports infrastructure projects that promote development and create jobs and housing in Cumbria. Contact the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership for more information.

76. PAPI, Yorkshire

Again, this is a whole collection of grants. They help small businesses in York, North Yorkshire, East Riding and the Leeds City area develop new products by donating funds to equipment. For more information, please click on your region on the PAPI website.

77. Get Inspired – Staffordshire University

Be Inspired is a free resource for startups. It contains:

  • Eight training workshops over 12 months
  • Monthly business and networking events
  • Monthly mentoring sessions
  • £ 3000 financial assistance
  • Bi-monthly review by business consultants

78. The Supplier Competency Program

The Supplier Skills Program (SSP) is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and administered by the Birmingham City Council (BCC) small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that want to train new and existing employees.

SSP responds directly to the skill and training needs that SMEs have identified for their employees, offering SMEs what they want and when they need it to implement their skill and growth plans.

Training grants from £ 500 to a maximum of £ 18,000 per SME are available and training is funded 50 percent by the SME and 50 percent by the European Social Fund grant.

SSP works on the basis of financing rounds. Rounds will run quarterly until the program closes in March 2023 (subject to grant availability).

79. Boost4Health

Boost4Health supports SMEs that want to develop their growth potential. It offers a mix of coaching and vouchers to help healthcare companies reach international markets.

80. Eden Tourism Grants

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

The application details can be found on the Eden Tourism website linked above.

81. Low carbon workspaces

Low Carbon Workspaces gives businesses between £ 1,000 and £ 5,000 in funding to take green initiatives like double glazing, LED lighting and smart heating. It is 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 designed for small businesses in Counties Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.

It consists of three different programs:

  • County Durham Grant Funding and Master Classes
  • Northumberland – project grants and master classes
  • Tyne and Wear – Project Scholarships and Master Classes

83. Small Growth Grants, Dorset

Applicants must provide evidence that they have been trading successfully for at least 12 months and now have plans for a project that will drive business growth. Under the Small Growth Grants program, applications are made for projects of £ 4,000 or more and successful grant applications will provide 25 percent of the eligible project cost.

The minimum grant amount is £ 1,000 and the maximum is £ 5,000. For example, to receive a grant of £ 5,000, the total cost of the project is at least £ 20,000. Eligible project costs include capital goods, new premises and facilities, the introduction of new digital functions and the outsourcing of expertise.

The Small Growth Grant is currently open. Complete applications must be submitted by December 3, 2021

84th arrow: Support for innovations in the northeast

If your business innovation goal is to create a new product or service, enter new markets, or gain market share, Arrow can provide access to academics, innovators and experts to help you innovate in your company.

Arrow can offer up to £ 10,000 match funding. The 50/50 funding partnership with your SME allows you to purchase third party services or equipment for:

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

85. Grants for the South East Business Hub

The South East Business Hub lists grants and funding opportunities available throughout the Southeast.

86. Lancashire Manufacturing Growth Fund

The Lancashire Manufacturing Growth Fund aims to support “relatively significant” projects valued at around £ 15,000, which would warrant a grant of around £ 5,400. It will fund 36 percent of your project. Again, the most desirable projects are those that create jobs and increase productivity.

87. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Revenue Grant

Provided by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, small businesses based in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire are eligible to receive grants of £ 1,000 with a minimum of £ 667 of own funds.

Typical expenses would be:

  • Product design and development
  • expert advice
  • Consulting fees for the creation or improvement of a website

88 Key Fund for Social and Community Enterprise, East Midlands

The Key Fund is a fund for socially oriented companies that focus on the community. You will receive support with your application as well as flexible grant and loan packages.

89. Medilink Solstice, Leicester

Medilink Solstice is aimed at life science companies based in the LEP area of ​​Leicester.

You have three scholarships 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 scholarship, your company must be a pre-start, start-up or SME under the age of three looking to grow and create jobs. AD: VENTURE also offers business and digital support. It is open to businesses in Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York (within the Leeds City area).

91. Agricultural technology Cornwall

For Cornish SMEs looking to innovate to improve the efficiency, profitability and resilience of the agricultural sector.

Agri-Tech Cornwall is raising funds for FEI starting at £ 2,500.

Preferred research areas include:

  • Animal health and welfare in dairy cattle
  • Maximizing the efficiency of soil, water and nutrient use for sustainable plant and animal production
  • Improving the productivity of specialty crop production
  • Use of technology to increase productivity and innovation of agricultural technology

92. Business Energy Efficiency Program, West Midlands

This program includes SMEs in Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Telford and Wrekin that could receive a grant of up to £ 20,000. You will also receive a free energy efficiency rating.

93. Business Growth Program 2, Solihull

This round is the current version of the Business Growth Program and is open until February 17, 2021.

The aim of this grant is to strengthen supply chains, stimulate innovation and help companies grow. Applicants can receive a grant between £ 2,500 and £ 1,000,000.

94. Leicester Business Growth Grant

This grant project supports small and medium-sized businesses that have been doing business-to-business in Leicester and Leicestershire for at least 24 months and who wish to grow or develop their business. Grants from £ 2,000 to £ 25,000 are available, which represent 35 percent of the cost of capital projects (e.g. new machinery, tools, upgrading or adding to a facility). A management consultant supports the applicants throughout the process.

95. Conservation Grant, Howardian Hills

This is a Yorkshire based scholarship for community infrastructure projects and landscaping works in the Howardian Hills Area of ​​Natural Beauty (AONB).

Support is usually in the 30 to 75 percent range, but this program can fund 100 percent of your project.

96. Energy for Business, Nottinghamshire

Energy for Business has grants of up to £ 8,000. They are aimed at companies in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire who are improving energy, reducing emissions or adopting sustainable technologies. The organization will fund 40 percent up to £ 8,000.

You need to consider some conditions. The minimum project cost must be £ 2,500 and the maximum must be £ 20,000. After completing the work you will receive the grant.

97. LCR Future Energy, Liverpool

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

98 Proof of Concept Funding, Worcestershire

Worcestershire Proof of Concept is designed to help local businesses develop innovative new products and processes. If you want to research, promote, protect, and commercialize early business ideas that are new or new to the market for your business, then you should apply.

You can receive a grant of up to £ 30,000 which is 40 percent of the total project cost.

99 Wenta granted

Social enterprise Wenta provides grants to businesses in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Enfield. It can offer up to £ 3,000 through business support programs. Visit the website for more information.

100. Financing the Growth Agreement, Black Country

The growth contract aims to drive company growth, equip people with new skills, test new innovations, invest in transport infrastructure and regenerate important locations for employment in the black country. The company aims to maximize the economic impact of growth opportunities in the automotive, aerospace and construction sectors, which play a prominent role in Black Country manufacturing. Funding is done on a case-by-case basis.

The only grant available is the Site Investigation Fund, which is aimed at private sector landowners who want to reduce risk and remove uncertainty in their locations.

101. Big House Elevator Grant

SMEs in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire can apply for elevator grants to help their business grow. However, you must be in the creative or digital (CDI) industry.

They will put 30 percent on project spending, between £ 1,050 and £ 2,250. You need to be able to match the cash for your side of the business and you cannot use additional loans or grants to pay for your project.

102. Invest to Grow, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire businesses can pack between £ 15,000 and £ 250,000 for developments that enable the creation of new jobs and commercial space. It is a rolling fund that can be applied for at any time.

103. Growing Hull & East Yorkshire Business Investment Grants

Hull and East Yorkshire Growth is a £ 1.5 million investment investment program aimed at providing capital grants to SMEs in Hull and East Yorkshire to support business growth, investment and job creation and to create incentives .

The program builds on the success and dynamism of the successful Growing the Humber Business grant program. The system should be considered alongside other funding options such as bank loans or asset finance.

SMB companies that can demonstrate they are profitable and help Hull and East Yorkshire continue to grow will receive grants between £ 5,000 and £ 250,000. Grants below the minimum threshold can be regarded as exceptional cases.

104. The Smart Concept Fund, Wolverhampton

Another Proof of Concept grant, this fund offers up to £ 16,500 at an intervention rate of up to 55 percent to fund an approved development project. It is expected to close in early 2023. You must be based in the Black Country, Marche, or Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire.

It is aimed at companies in the following areas:

  • Transportation technologies (including aerospace and automotive)
  • Building technology / construction
  • Advanced manufacturing including advanced technology
  • Environmental technologies
  • Applied materials
  • Agritech / Agriculture, Food and Drink
  • Medical technology
  • Power generation
  • Defense and Collateral

105. Isle of Wight Rural SME Fund

The Isle of Wight Rural SME Fund, provided by Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, supports SMEs with potential for economic growth, leverages private sector investments, creates or protects jobs and helps the rural sector.

Grants are available for investments between £ 2,500 and £ 50,000, but 50 percent of the cost must be financed from private sources.

106. Invest to Grow, Derbyshire

The University of Derby provides loans between £ 15,000 and £ 250,000 to help private businesses in the East Midlands innovate, grow and create jobs. The following goals are prioritized:

  • It will create new jobs or secure existing positions in your company
  • This increases the scope or scope of your business activities
  • This will improve the company's performance
  • It has not started yet and will not be achievable in the suggested timeframes without the support of Invest to Grow

They must be able to create jobs that can be maintained for at least three years. Companies that create higher-skilled jobs are given preference. The following sectors are also preferred:

  • Manufacturing (e.g. transportation equipment and food and beverage)
  • Life sciences
  • construction
  • logistics
  • mechanical engineering
  • technology
  • Creative industries
  • Little carbon

107. Improving the international trade performance of SMEs

This project provides tailored export support services to SMEs across the Northwest, including technical advice, events, activities and financial support for eligible export development activities.

The LEPs in the Northwest offer a range of support options to help grow and develop your export business. These include events to identify potential exporters, pre-export development assistance, a dedicated internationalization program for research and development-oriented companies, industry-specific events and market visits, technical advice assistance, and grants of up to £ 1,500 for eligible companies to implement customized export action plans .

The 5 NW LEPs consist of Cheshire & Warrington, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, the Liverpool City area and Cumbria.

108. Apprentice Funding, Maidstone

If your business is based in Maidstone and your apprentice is between 16 and 24 years of age, you may be eligible for an apprenticeship grant of £ 1,500.

The amount you will receive depends on the apprentice.

  • If you are between 16 and 18 years old, you can receive all course costs up to a higher apprenticeship
  • You can receive half of the course fee if you are between 19 and 23 years old
  • They may only receive a contribution if they are 24 years or older

109. Greater Manchester #SEEDIFFERENT SME Apprenticeship Support Grants

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority has introduced these grants for SMEs in Manchester with a payroll of less than £ 3 million.

Companies that do not pay the apprenticeship tax, are based in Greater Manchester and have not employed an apprentice in at least two years can receive grants of £ 3,000.

110. Salford Skills for Business Apprenticeship Fund

This new apprenticeship fund will help you cover the cost of training 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 companies in Harborough District recruit new apprentices. Your company must have fewer than 150 employees and not have hired an apprentice for at least two years. However, the latter can be flexible depending on the circumstances.

112. Rural Development Program for England (RDPE)

The RDP is what it sounds like: an agricultural and forestry development program. A number of grants are available under the program for ammonia reduction in agriculture, rural productivity and broadband in rural areas.

Corporate Grants Wales

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

The Finance search on the Business Wales website This is a good place to start looking at the grants and other types of funding available in Wales. This allows you to filter and sort your results by funding type, source, geographic area, application status, etc. to identify the most relevant options for your business.

113. BG Effect Business Fund

The BG Effect Business Fund is a suite of tools from BGCBC Business Development Officers. It includes drop-in business start-up sessions, hands-on help and support from a volunteer team, links to programs and government support organizations, and a local network of contacts, knowledge and resources.

114. Caerphilly start-up grant

This business development grant is designed to help companies start their first business. Business start-ups in all business areas can be taken into account. The applicant must incorporate the business in the Caerphilly County district.

Eligible costs can be:

  • Capital goods
  • ICT equipment
  • Website development
  • marketing
  • Construction work on business premises
  • education

The business must not have started before the application and approval. It is a discretionary grant that can provide 50 percent of the eligible project costs up to a maximum of £ 500.

115. Caerphilly Enterprise Fund

The Caerphilly Enterprise Fund can support new and established businesses and community businesses across the county borough.

Eligible project costs can include:

  • Websites and e-commerce websites
  • Feasibility studies
  • business planning
  • one-time marketing costs
  • Capital goods
  • IT hardware and software
  • Improvements to real estate and infrastructure of commercial, industrial and retail space

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

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

116. ReAct for companies

ReAct is a redundancy support that companies can use to get in touch with people who have lost their jobs. The program can help you pay their wages and get them into role-specific training.

Receive quarterly payments of £ 3,000 to cover wages and up to £ 1,000 for job-related training for the first 12 months. The system covers those who are either formal notice of termination or those who have been laid off in the past three months.

117. Community Toilet Grant, Gwynedd County

You could receive a payment of £ 500 to enroll in Gwynedd County's new Community Toilet Grant Scheme. The goal is to expand the choice of toilets that can be used by the public and you will get the money for allowing your toilet to be used.

Please note that there is currently a waiting list for the program.

118. ISO Grant Scheme, Gwynedd County

Gwynedd County Council aims to support SMEs in obtaining ISO accreditation for their business. The funding is used to cover the cost of working with a consultant to obtain the required certification. Unfortunately, certification costs are not included.

119. Free Grant for Commercial Space, Newport

The first year in business can be difficult, and Newport would like to help you with your first year rent in a commercial or property. It is open to individuals, independent retailers, and franchisees.

The grant covers 50 percent of your costs up to a value of £ 6,000. Have a business plan ready with a year-long cash flow forecast with profit and loss projections. The grant is paid directly to your landlord.

120. Startup Grants, Newport City

Newport City Council and UK Steel Enterprise provide grants of up to £ 1,500 for startups and businesses up to 12 months of age.

The grant can be used in a number of areas:

  • A first annual rent in the first business premises
  • Plant and equipment
  • ICT equipment
  • Software, websites and related training

Newport City Council will propose up to 40 percent of the "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 spend of £ 3,750.

121. Carmarthenshire Rural Enterprise Fund

Rural businesses are supported by this fund. It will help develop new and existing premises for them to create new jobs. The grant is based either on £ 20,000 per job created or on the following intervention rates: small business 45 percent and medium business 35 percent. The maximum grant is £ 128,000 unless there is an exceptional case where funding can be increased.

122. Programm für beschleunigtes Wachstum

Das Programm bietet wachstumsstarken Pre-Revenue-Unternehmen und KMU Unterstützung. Sie müssen in der Lage sein, den Umsatz um mindestens 20 Prozent pro Jahr zu steigern und in drei Jahren mindestens zehn neue Arbeitsplätze zu schaffen. Start-ups werden ebenfalls akzeptiert, müssen jedoch seit 12 Monaten im Handel sein und versuchen, das oben genannte Wachstumsniveau zu erreichen.

123. Grüner Hafenrumpf

Dies ist offen für Unternehmen aus den Bereichen Green Tech, CO2-arme und erneuerbare Energien. Zuschüsse ab 10.000 GBP stehen zur Verfügung. Ihr Ziel sollte es sein, Produktivität, Fähigkeiten und Beschäftigung zu steigern.

Sie können das Geld in folgenden Bereichen verwenden:

  • Starten Sie ein neues Unternehmen
  • Modernisieren, erweitern oder organisieren Sie ein bestehendes Unternehmen neu
  • Werten Sie ein Unternehmen auf, indem Sie innovative neue Technologien oder Prozesse einführen
  • Nehmen Sie ein neues Produkt von der Entwicklung bis zur Produktion

124. Blaenau Gwent Kick Start Plus

Eine gemeinsame Initiative, die von UK Steel Enterprise finanziert und vom Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council verwaltet wird. Der Zuschuss soll neue Unternehmen unterstützen, die zwischen sechs Monaten und drei Jahren handeln, um sich zu entwickeln und zu erweitern. Der maximale Zuschuss für Unternehmen beträgt 1.000 GBP, und Antragsteller müssen in der Lage sein, 50 Prozent der insgesamt erforderlichen Finanzmittel zu finanzieren.

125. Bridgend Kick-Start Grant

Eine weitere gemeinsame Initiative von UK Steel Enterprise ist ein flexibles Zuschussprogramm, das vom Bridgend County Borough Council verwaltet wird und neue oder bestehende Kleinstunternehmen (weniger als zehn Mitarbeiter und eine Umsatz- oder Bilanzsumme von weniger als 2 Mio. EUR) finanziell unterstützt befinden sich im Stadtteil Bridgend County oder planen einen Standort.

Der Kick Start Grant ist ein Ermessenszuschuss und kann bis zu 50 Prozent der förderfähigen Projektkosten decken. Der Mindestzuschuss beträgt 250 GBP und der maximal verfügbare Zuschuss beträgt 4.000 GBP.

126. Wales Tourism Investment Fund (WTIF) und der Micro Small Business Fund (MSBF)

Das WTIF wird von der walisischen Regierung in Zusammenarbeit mit der Development Bank of Wales bereitgestellt und vereint sowohl Zuschüsse als auch kommerzielle Mittel in einem kombinierten Paket finanzieller Unterstützung. Hauptziel ist die Finanzierung von Kapitalinvestitionsprojekten im Tourismussektor in Wales, die sich sowohl auf den Sektor als auch auf die walisische Wirtschaft positiv auswirken werden.

127. Kreislaufwirtschaftsfonds

WRAP Cymru hat Änderungen am Kreislaufwirtschaftsfonds in Höhe von 6,5 Mio. GBP vorgenommen, mit denen noch mehr Organisationen und schneller unterstützt werden sollen.

WRAP Cymru finanziert nicht nur die Verwendung von recycelten Materialien in Produkten, sondern unterstützt jetzt auch die Vorbereitung auf Wiederverwendungs-, Sanierungs- und Wiederherstellungsaktivitäten in Wales. Dazu gehört die Produktion nachhaltiger Güter zur Unterstützung des weltweiten Kampfes gegen das Coronavirus.

Förderfähige Projekte müssen:

  • Verstärkte Verwendung von recyceltem Kunststoff, Papier / Karton oder Textilien in bestehenden oder neuen Produkten (Projekte, bei denen andere recycelte Materialien verwendet werden sollen, werden von Fall zu Fall geprüft). or
  • Verlängern Sie die Lebensdauer von Produkten / Materialien durch Vorbereitung auf Wiederverwendungs-, Aufarbeitungs- oder Herstellungsaktivitäten.

Organisationen jeder Größe, die in Wales tätig sind, können einen Kapitalzuschuss beantragen, um in Infrastruktur und Ausrüstung für förderfähige zirkuläre Aktivitäten zu investieren. Small Scale-Zuschüsse sind jetzt zwischen 25.000 und 200.000 GBP (der maximale De-minimis-Schwellenwert) und Large Scale-Zuschüsse zwischen 200.000 und 750.000 GBP erhältlich.

128. Lokale Orte für die Natur

Der National Lottery Heritage Fund und die walisische Regierung bieten Zuschüsse in Höhe von 10.000 bis 50.000 GBP (2020-21) für Kapitalprojekte in Wales an, mit denen die Natur erworben, wiederhergestellt und verbessert werden soll.

Sie suchen insbesondere nach Projekten, die „von Ihrer Haustür aus“ gesehen werden können. Dies bedeutet, dass Menschen leben, arbeiten, Zugang zu öffentlichen Dienstleistungen haben, reisen (einschließlich Straßenränder und Kreisverkehre) und ihre Freizeit verbringen (einschließlich öffentlicher Freiflächen).

Das Programm „Lokale Orte für die Natur“ bietet:

  • Bis zu einem Jahr Zuschuss für Naturprojekte im Wert von bis zu 50.000 GBP. Unter bestimmten Umständen können wir bis zu 100.000 GBP finanzieren (vor der Bewerbung besprechen).
  • Bis zu 100 Prozent Finanzierung
  • Entscheidungen innerhalb von acht Wochen nach Antragstellung

Das Zuschussprogramm bleibt offen, bis die Mittel aufgebraucht sind.


In Schottland gibt es einige größere Organisationen, die verschiedene Finanzierungsmöglichkeiten anbieten.

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Schottische Regierung: Suche nach Unternehmensfinanzierung und Beratung.

Unternehmenszuschüsse Schottland

129. Schottisches Wachstumsprogramm

Das Scottish Growth Scheme ist ein Paket finanzieller Unterstützung von bis zu 500 Mio. GBP für schottische Unternehmen. Es wird von der schottischen Regierung unterstützt und soll Unternehmen beim Wachstum unterstützen.

Diese Mittel werden durch eine Reihe von Initiativen bereitgestellt, auf die Unternehmen für Investitionen zugreifen können. Die Höhe der Finanzierung hängt davon ab, welche Initiative Sie wählen.

130. Scottish Venture Fund

Der Scottish Venture Fund investiert in Unternehmen von Start-ups in der Frühphase bis hin zu expandierenden Unternehmen, die Finanzmittel für die Entwicklung von Produkten und / oder Märkten suchen.

Dieser Fonds kann zu gleichen Bedingungen zusammen mit anspruchsvollen Anlegern des privaten Sektors bis zu maximal 50 Prozent des gesamten Finanzierungspakets auf kommerzieller Basis investieren. Dieser flexible Aktienlückenfonds investiert zusammen mit Investoren aus dem privaten Sektor und bietet Aktienfinanzierungen von 10.000 bis 2 Mio. GBP an.

131. Open Fund: Nachhaltige kreative Entwicklung

Der Open Fund verfügt über separate Finanzierungsbereiche für Einzelpersonen und Organisationen in der Kreativbranche.

  • Finanzierung zwischen 1.000 und 100.000 GBP möglich
  • Der Fonds soll es Einzelpersonen und Organisationen ermöglichen, Arbeitsweisen zu erkunden, die ihnen helfen, sich an die sich ändernden Umstände anzupassen und auf diese zu reagieren
  • Das Gesamtbudget für den Open Fund for Individuals und den Open Fund for Organizations beläuft sich auf 7,5 Mio. GBP an National Lottery-Geldern
  • Der Fonds ist ganzjährig ohne Fristen geöffnet und kann Aktivitäten für bis zu 12 Monate unterstützen.

Finanzierung für Einzelpersonen

Freiberufliche und selbstständige Künstler und Kreative in Schottland können sich für Projekte bewerben, die die Entwicklung ihrer Praxis unterstützen. Sie können eine Finanzierung beantragen, um mit anderen zusammenzuarbeiten, wenn Ihre Praxis kollaborativ ist. Sie müssen ein britisches Bankkonto haben.

Finanzierung für Organisationen

Dieser Fonds richtet sich an Organisationen und Gruppen mit Sitz in Schottland, deren Arbeit oder Projekt die Kunst-, Bildschirm- und Kreativbranche umfasst. Alle Antragsteller müssen ein britisches Bankkonto haben.

132. Vorübergehende Schließung

Wenn Ihr Unternehmen aufgrund von Covid-19 geschlossen werden muss, haben Sie möglicherweise alle vier Wochen Anspruch auf eine vorübergehende Schließung aus einem der folgenden Gründe:

  • 2.000 £, wenn Ihre Geschäftsräume einen anteiligen Wert von bis einschließlich 51.000 £ haben
  • £ 3.000, wenn Ihre Geschäftsräume einen anteiligen Wert von £ 51.001 oder mehr haben
  • Eine Obergrenze von insgesamt 15.000 GBP in einem Zeitraum von vier Wochen gilt für alle berechtigten Unternehmen, die mehrere Räumlichkeiten betreiben

Ab dem 1. Januar 2021 gibt es keine Obergrenze von 15.000 GBP mehr für berechtigte Unternehmen, die mehrere Räumlichkeiten betreiben.

133. Scottish Wedding Industry Fund

Mit diesem neuen Fonds sollen Unternehmen unterstützt werden, deren Haupteinnahmen aus der Hochzeits- und Lebenspartnerschaftsbranche stammen, die infolge der COVID-19-Pandemie erheblich betroffen war. Es wird von der schottischen Regierung bereitgestellt und von Scottish Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise und Highlands and Islands Enterprise verwaltet.

Der Fonds bietet einen festen Zuschussbetrag basierend auf dem Umsatz. Die Finanzierungsstufen sind:

  • Ein Zuschuss von 5.000 GBP für Unternehmen mit einem Umsatz vor COVID-19 zwischen 10.000 GBP und 49.999 GBP
  • Ein Zuschuss von 10.000 GBP für Unternehmen mit einem Umsatz vor COVID-19 zwischen 50.000 GBP und 99.999 GBP
  • Ein Zuschuss von 15.000 GBP für Unternehmen mit einem Umsatz vor COVID-19 zwischen 100.000 GBP und 249.999 GBP
  • Ein Zuschuss von 25.000 GBP für Unternehmen mit einem Umsatz vor COVID-19 von mehr als 250.000 GBP

Das Antragsformular ist ab dem 28. Januar 2021 um 12 Uhr erhältlich.

134. Innovationszuschuss für den Arbeitsplatz

Der Workplace Innovation Grant wird bis zum neuen Geschäftsjahr angehalten.

Unternehmen mit Sitz in Schottland, die innovative Praktiken an ihrem Arbeitsplatz einführen möchten

Der Fonds kann bis zu 5.000 GBP für Aktivitäten bereitstellen, mit denen ein Unternehmen neue und innovative Praktiken am Arbeitsplatz einführen kann. Um den Zuschuss zu erhalten, muss das Projekt mindestens zwei der folgenden drei Kriterien erfüllen:

– Menschen: Unterstützung der Motivation von Mitarbeitern, die über die Bezahlung hinausgehen. 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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