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In Need of Funds to Help Grow or Start Your Business? You May be Eligible for a Grant…..

Do you need some extra funds to help grow your business further?  Or perhaps you’re just starting a business and need funds to help you get started?

You may have had a quick search on Google and, if anything like me, been instantly frustrated (that’s putting it politely) at the lack of clarity of options available to you.  I’m hoping that this blog post will act as a useful resource for you to fill that gap and be more helpful to you than a multitude of Google searches.

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There are many ways that you can obtain additional funds, including bank loans, financial support from friends/family, crowd-funding, competitions, grants and many more.  I’m going to focus on grants for this blog as I haven’t researched crowd-funding and the others speak for themselves.  First-up I need to point out that many of the grants that I’ve tracked down do require a ‘deposit’ – think mortgage deposit – to have been saved, I  guess this shows that you’re serious and willing to put some effort into the business which is fair enough.  So tip #1 is get saving!

Grants are based on a variety of different niches…be it location, age, technology based businesses, research based businesses, rural location. So I’ll break them down for you by category:

RURAL DEVELOPMENT:

The Rural Development Programme for England provides money for projects to improve agriculture, the environment and rural life.  You may be able to apply for funding if you’re:

  • a farmer, grower or forester
  • managing land or woodland
  • a business owner in a rural area
  • a food business
  • living in a rural community

Check out this site for further details: https://www.gov.uk/rural-development-programme-for-england

YOUNG PEOPLE:

The Prince’s Trust supports young people aged 18 to 30 who want to set up their own business – https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/

SPECIALIST NICHES:

A grant for setting up a childminder business or agency – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/childcare-business-grants-england

Support and funding to help businesses increase their competitiveness in the construction sector – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/construction-industry-training-board-citb-grants-scheme-england

Funding for arts projects in England for individuals and organisations – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/grants-for-the-arts-england

Grants to help with the publication of fiction or non-fiction books in English or Welsh https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/individual-book-grants-wales- 

Funding to help restore neglected historic buildings and sites and unlock their economic potential – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/heritage-enterprise-he-uk

Grants for the film, television, new media and video games industries – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/media-sub-programme-grants-uk

Grants to support capital projects, skills training and research and development for the textiles sector in the North of England – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/textiles-industry-growth-programme-manchester-lancashire-and-west-yorkshire

Exports – https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-trade

Innovation – https://www.gov.uk/apply-funding-innovation

LOCATION:

North:

AD:VENTURE – Leeds City Region incl. Craven, Harrogate, Selby, York, Calderdale, Bradford, Wakefield, Kirklees and Leeds –  https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/ad-venture-leeds-city-region

A grant and consultancy support scheme for businesses in the North East of England that started in the last 12 months – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/digitalcity-fellowship-grant-tees-valley

Advice and support for businesses across Lancashire: including coaching, mentoring, skills training, funding and start-up support – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/boost-business-lancashire

Grants to help start-up and established small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in North Yorkshire to grow – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/business-development-grant-scheme-scarborough-borough

Financial support for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Yorkshire and the North East – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/business-enterprise-fund-north-east-england

Funds for small or medium-sized businesses based in Greater Manchester for start-up loans, growth, exporting and access to raise equity investment – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/business-finance-solutions-north-west-england

Supports West Yorkshire businesses that are aspiring to grow, become more competitive or develop new products and services – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/business-growth-calderdale

Grant of up to £5,000 for established businesses based in North Yorkshire who can produce a growth plan leading to job creation – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/business-growth-grant-scheme-mansfield

Capital and research and development grants to support expansion projects that create jobs in the Leeds City Region – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/business-growth-programme-leeds-city-region

Grants for property, development, research, staff, advice and equipment to develop your business in the North of England – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/grants-for-business-growth-stoke-on-trent-and-staffordshire

Business grant scheme for capital investment and research and development projects in north and east Yorkshire – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/let-s-grow-grant-scheme-york-north-yorkshire-and-east-riding

Innovation funding for small businesses in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/product-and-process-innovation-york-north-yorkshire-and-east-riding

Grant to fund new businesses in the Mansfield area – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/business-start-up-grant-scheme-mansfield

7 Funds for small and medium-sized enterprises in, or moving to the North East – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/finance-for-business-north-east-england

Interest free loan scheme for businesses looking to occupy vacant, ground-floor premises in Altrincham, Sale, Urmston or Stretford town centres – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/town-centre-loan-schemes-trafford-council

Grants to help with community and rural conservation projects – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/conservation-grant-scheme-howardian-hills

Midlands:

Grant support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) ready to invest, grow and create jobs across 3 local enterprise partnership areas – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/business-growth-programme-birmingham

Loan and grant fund to support automotive and aerospace projects in the West Midlands and Liverpool –  https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/advanced-manufacturing-supply-chain-initiative-west-midlands-and-liverpool

Free support for small and medium-sized businesses in the development of products and services that reduce carbon usage – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/built-environment-climate-change-innovations-west-midlands

Grant programme to help businesses to improve their commercial premises – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/property-investment-programme-greater-birmingham-and-solihull

Finance for businesses in the rail supply sector or those seeking to enter it – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/rail-supply-growth-fund-birmingham

Grants for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop and test early stage innovative business ideas – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/proof-of-concept-funding-worcestershire

Grants and loans for businesses in Derby and Derbyshire to support innovation, expansion and new jobs – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/enterprise-growth-fund-derbyshire

Energy efficiency grants and advice for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in Leicester and Leicestershire – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/green-belle-leicestershire

Grants to support growth of micro and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Greater Lincolnshire – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/nbv-grant-for-enterprise-east-midlands

Energy audits and grants of up to 65% for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the East Midlands to increase energy efficiency measures – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/carbon-smart-energy-audits-and-grants-derby-and-derbyshire

East:

Funding for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the agri-tech sector – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/eastern-agri-tech-growth-initiative-east-of-england

Provides business advice and access to grant funding – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/essex-growth-programme

Support and grants to rural businesses in Greensand Ridge including community enterprises, farmers and foresters – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/leader-rural-funding-programme-greensand-ridge

Investment for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in the east England to help lower their carbon output – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/low-carbon-innovation-fund-east-of-england

Support and grants to rural businesses in the East of England – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/leader-rural-funding-programme-bedfordshire-and-huntingdonshire

Loans to finance growth for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the east of England – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/regional-growth-loan-scheme-east-of-england

Free business support, workshops, grants and incubation space for new businesses in Hertfordshire – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/start-up-business-programme-hertfordshire

Advice, workshops, loans and innovation grant services for start-up and trading businesses in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/business-advice-and-masterclasses-east-of-england

West:

Funding for creative organisations and projects in Wales –  https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/arts-council-funding-programmes-wales

Financial support if you want to set up a business in South Wales – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/start-up-grant-blaenau-gwent

Grants to support small to medium-sized enterprises to develop innovative products, technologies & services – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/innovation4growth-i4g-west-of-england

Support for marine businesses in Cornwall – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/marine-capital-fund-cornwall

Financial support to help businesses recruit employees who have been made redundant from their previous job – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/react-funding-for-recruitment-wales

Funding and consultancy support available to businesses based in Wales to reduce waste and landfill, lower costs and improve competitiveness – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/hospitality-tourism-food-and-drink-scheme-wales

Bursary to start a new business in rural Flintshire and Denbighshire – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/enterprise-bursary-wales

Grants to help Swansea City centre businesses improve their shopfronts or building facades – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/building-enhancement-programme-swansea

Funding including seed capital funding to support business at all stages in the life sciences sector in Wales – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/life-sciences-investment-fund-wales

Start-up and development grants for businesses in Wales – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/business-development-grant-caerphilly

Bursaries for writers in Wales who’ve not previously published a volume of their work – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/new-writers-bursaries-wales

Grant for businesses in Anglesey that open their toilets to the public – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/community-toilet-grant-scheme-anglesey

50% wage contribution when you create a 6-month job opportunity for a young person in Wales – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/jobs-growth-for-young-people-wales

Grants for artists and art organisation in Wales to research and take part in international projects – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/international-opportunities-fund-iof-for-art-projects-wales

Grants for businesses in rural Conwy interested in using local sources of renewable energy – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/conwy-sustainable-resources-grant-wales

Funding for art and cultural projects in Wales – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/culturestep-wales

South:

Growth funding for businesses in areas of Surrey and Hampshire – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/m3-enterprise-growth-fund-surrey-and-hampshire

Support for small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups in the South East to grow and increase employment through support, guidance and grants – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/south-east-business-boost-south-east-of-england

Grant to funds projects that help the Elmbridge economy, including improving empty shop fronts – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/civic-improvement-fund-ecif-elmbridge

Northern Ireland:

Grants to help train and develop construction industry workers in Northern Ireland – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/construction-skills-grant-scheme-northern-ireland

Northern Ireland Screen provides funding for the development and production of film, TV and digital content including help towards film education and festivals – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/film-tv-and-digital-content-support-northern-ireland

Advice, support and grants for companies who want to start a research and development project – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/innovation-advisors-northern-ireland

Funding to help small and medium businesses in Northern Ireland with information and communication technology (ICT) – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/management-information-scheme-northern-ireland

Funding to increase participation and improve performance in sport – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/funding-from-sport-northern-ireland

Capital grants or loans to help companies build or buy new properties Northern Ireland – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/property-assistance-and-marketing-northern-ireland

Support and grants to employ science, engineering or technology graduates, partner up with a university or research centre and invest in technology – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/fusion-innovation-funding-northern-ireland

Grants for programming costs, organising and running arts programmes in Northern Ireland – https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/arts-council-funding-programmes-northern-ireland

Thanks for reading this, I hope you’ve found it helpful!

Credit goes to Instagram accounts @cosmobloggers and @daniellesuzanne_ for the picture.

 

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