Business Development

£10,000 Available to Business Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs (UK) 15th February 2018

Three awards of £10,000 are available to business start-ups and entrepreneurs with ideas on how to apply machine learning, robotics and artificial intelligence to real life solutions across the public, defence or retail sectors. The awards are made available through BT’s Infinity Lab Programme and the closing date for applications is the 12th March 2018.

Funding for Emerging and Enabling & Health and Life Sciences Projects (UK) 1st February 2018

Businesses and research and technology organisations can apply for a share of £19 million to develop new products and services in in the health and life sciences. Projects supported will address one of four priority areas: Emerging Technologies: Digital Technology: Enabling Capabilities or Space Applications. Eligible submissions will be partnerships that include an SME, range in size from £35,000 to £2 million and last from 3 months to 3 y...

Farm Business Grants Programme: Round 3 Now Open (Wales) 1st February 2018

The third application window for the Welsh Government’s Farm Business Grant (FBG), designed to improve the economic and environmental performance of agricultural holdings, has opened for applications and will remain open until midnight on 16th March 2018. FBG funding aims to help farmers make their businesses more efficient, resilient and environmentally friendly by providing a contribution towards capital investments in items of equipment a...

Funding to Assist Rural Businesses and Communities (UK) 30th January 2018

Organisations and charities that are supporting farmers, rural businesses and communities will be able to apply for grants of up to £50,000 from the 30th April 2018 onwards. Funding will be available for both capital and revenue costs. To be eligible to apply to the Princes Trust Countryside Fund projects must improve the prospects or viability for family farm businesses; to sustain rural communities and drive economic vibrancy. The closin...

Small Grants Available for Games Developers (UK) 30th January 2018

Game developers have until the 23rd February 2018 to apply for funding of up to £5,000 and the opportunity to attend a national consumer games show and exhibit their playable demo to the public. Applicants must have no more than 50 employees and must complete the development of a prototype game between Spring and Autumn 2018. Teams successful at this stage will then have the chance to pitch to the panel of industry judges for the chance to r...

Funding to Promote the Development of Rural Areas (Worcestershire) 26th January 2018

The next deadline to submit an Expression of Interest to the Worcestershire LEADER Programme 2014-2020 is the 13th April 2018. Micro or small enterprises, farmers, community groups and charities can apply for grants of between £2,500 and £50,000. Projects supported will need to address one of these themes. Development of micro and small enterprises; Development of agricultural and horticultural businesses; Development of forestry businesses...

New Support Programme Launched for Social Enterprises (UK) 26th January 2018

A combination of business support as well as potential access to finance are available to social enterprises that improve access to employment for those excluded from the labour market. Designed to give social enterprises the chance to grow their business and deliver greater social impact, up to 20 ventures will be supported in 2018. The support is being made available through Unltd’s new social accelerator programme, Thrive. . Eligible a...

Funding for Organisations to Become a Public Service Mutual (England) 24th January 2018

Government grants are available to support organisations who would like to grow as a Public Service Mutual. These are organisations which have left the formal public sector but continue to deliver public services to create positive social impact, and have a significant degree of employee ownership, influence or control in the way the organisation is run. A total of £1.2 million will go towards creating new Mutuals and £500,000 used to pilot...

East End Connect: Support for Social Enterprise Growth (Hackney, Barking & Dagenham) 23rd January 2018

UnLtd has partnered with UBS in a new scheme to support 42 social entrepreneurs over the next three years with the aim of transforming local communities through the growth of social enterprise. The East End Connect scheme will seek out early stage social entrepreneurs with ideas that have real social impact. Those selected will be offered a bespoke Do It Awards package that includes up to £5,000 together with one-to-one support and specialist...

Forth Valley LEADER Programme (Rural Clackmannanshire, Rural Stirling and Rural West Dunbartonshire) 22nd January 2018

The next application deadline for the Forth Valley LEADER Programme is 24h April 2018. A European grant scheme with additional funding from the Scottish Government, LEADER is a bottom-up method of delivering support to communities and businesses for the development of rural areas. Successful applications from Community and Voluntary Organisations, Business Associations, Public Agencies and Businesses can apply for funding but will need to dem...

Follow On Innovation Vouchers (Scotland) 18th January 2018

Follow on Innovation Vouchers are aimed at building sustained relationships between small and medium sized companies, from all industry sectors, and universities in Scotland who have previously worked together and jointly received funding. The proposed collaborative project should lead to new products, services and processes that will benefit the company, the university and the Scottish economy. The value of a voucher is up to £20,000, which...

New £50m Fund to Help Prepare Wales for Brexit (Wales) 12th January 2018

The Welsh Government has announced a £50 million Fund to help Welsh businesses and public services plan and prepare for Brexit. The EU Transition Fund will be developed in partnership with Welsh businesses, public services and other key organisations, to provide tailored support as the UK prepares to leave the EU. The fund will provide a combination of financial support and loan funding, and will support the provision of technical, commercial...

£60 Million Boost to UK Children's Television (UK) 8th January 2018

The UK Government has announced the development of a new £60 million pound pilot fund to help increase the range of children's television in the UK. The fund is still in development, but would be available for content broadcast on commercial Public Service Broadcasters (PSBs), as well as for other free and widely available channels and on-demand platforms, and potentially also online. The proposal is that content creators should receive up...

Kent Social Enterprise Loan Fund (Kent) 18th December 2017

Kent Community Foundation has launched the new Kent Social Enterprise Loan Fund, (KSELF) which aims to bridge the increasing funding gap for Kent's new and existing social enterprises, by offering a combination of grants and unsecured loans of between £10,000 and £100,000. This is made up of a grant element of up to 30% together with unsecured loans with a flat interest rate of 5%. Investment readiness and business support is also provided b...

New Support Programme Launched to Help Local Groups Grow Community Businesses (England) 15th December 2017

Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, has announced that local groups that need help to set up or grow a community business can now access support and match funding to launch their share offer. Community shares is a popular approach to raising finance, in which local people invest often small sums of money and become co-owners of vital local enterprises - from affordable housing to community pubs t...

Funding for Rural Areas (South Devon) 14th December 2017

The South Devon Coastal Local Action Group (LAG) has re-opened for applications. The LAG funding is used to support economic, environmental and community-based projects to encourage innovation and promote the prosperity of the rural coastal area between Plymouth and Exeter. Funding of £2,500 to £100,000 is available and will normally be limited to 40% of the project's total costs. The focus for this round of funding is on creating jobs and h...

High-Growth Spinout Programme (Scotland) 14th December 2017

The next closing date for applications to the High-Growth Spinout Programme is the 14th February 2018. The aim of the programme is to assist existing, or create new, high-growth companies based in Scotland. Through the programme funding is available to support the pre-commercialisation of leading-edge technologies emerging from Scotland's universities, research institutes and NHS Boards. It helps researchers to take their ideas and inventions...

Lancashire's 'LEADER' Rural Funding Programme Update (North West) 13th December 2017

Lancashire's three LEADER programmes have been allocated £4.2 million of rural funding and are now accepting calls for projects focussed on Enterprise, Farming, Rural Services, Culture and Heritage, Forestry and Tourism. Recently funded projects include: Brindle Distillery, Chorley (Lancashire Pennine Moors LEADER area) received 40% funding towards the cost of specialist distilling equipment; Cartford Inn, Eccleston ( Lancashire West LEADER...

East Leicestershire LEADER 2015-2020 (Leicestershire) 11th December 2017

The Local Action Group for the East Leicestershire LEADER area has announced that it will open its grant making programme for applications in mid-October. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support rural development by providing grants to small businesses and communities. The programme will run from 2015-2020 with almost €2 million (approximately £1.5 million) available in total for the East Leicestershire area. All projec...

Norfolk and North Suffolk LEADER Programme Deadline Dates for 2018 (Norfolk & North Suffolk) 5th December 2017

Norfolk Local Action Group has just published meeting dates and application deadlines for 2018. Applications are now invited for projects based in the Brecks, Broads, Waveney Valley, Wensum & Coast and West Norfolk LEADER areas. Applications can be made by farmers, growers, foresters, other local rural businesses and rural community organisations. The minimum grant that can be applied for is £2,500 with no maximum grant amount set and gran...

EU Funds in Wales Are Still Open to Applications (Wales) 5th December 2017

The Welsh Government has issued assurances that applications for EU funds are still being developed and approved in line with objectives agreed by the European Commission and that the UK Treasury will provide a full lifetime guarantee for all structural and investment projects approved before the UK leaves the EU. Programmes currently open for applications are: European Structural Funds for projects that support people into work and training,...

East Peak LEADER 2015-2020 (Yorkshire & Co Durham) 1st December 2017

The East Peak LEADER programme has opened for applications. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. The new EPIP LEADER programme 2015-2020 managed by East Peak Innovation Partnership has £1.1m available over 4 years as grants for eligible projects. Small businesses, community groups and social enterprises etc can apply for grant...

Government Relaunches Childcare Business Grants Scheme (England) 1st December 2017

The Department for Education is making grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available to help with the costs of setting up a childminder business or agency in England. The funding is available to applicants that are registered with Ofsted (for three months or less) or a childminder agency; have an early years registration certificate; and are going to offer the 30 hours of childcare entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds. The level of funding de...

Bedfordshire & Huntingdonshire Claylands LEADER 2015-2020 (Bedfordshire & Huntingdonshire) 30th November 2017

The Bedfordshire & Huntingdonshire Claylands Leader programme has opened for applications. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. The programme will run from 2015-2020 with £1.625 million available for projects in the Bedfordshire & Huntingdonshire Claylands LEADER area. The aim of the Leader programme is to increased farm produc...

East Leicestershire LEADER is now Re-opens For Applications (East Midlands) 30th November 2017

The next call for proposals through the Leader programme for East Leicestershire has opened for applications. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. Priorities to be addressed through this call are to improve the productivity and exploit diversification opportunities for well connected and innovative land based businesses; to pro...

Greater Dartmoor LEAF Programme (South West) 30th November 2017

The Greater Dartmoor Local Enterprise Action Fund (GD LEAF) programme is open for applications. It has €2.465m to invest in economic, environmental and community-based projects that encourage innovation and promote the prosperity of the Greater Dartmoor area. The focus of this next rural programme will be creating jobs and helping the rural economy to grow, with the main areas for support being: Farming - support for farm diversification / i...

South Devon Coastal Local Action Group Funding (South West) 29th November 2017

The South Devon Coastal Local Action Group (LAG) invests in economic, environmental and community based projects to encourage innovation and promote the prosperity of the rural and coastal areas between Plymouth and Exeter. It has just received another £1.5 million to allocate to projects relating to Farming - support for farm diversification / increasing productivity; Forestry - support for increasing productivity and processing; Enterpris...

Bolsover North East Derbyshire (BNED) LEADER Programme Open for Applications (Derbyshire) 29th November 2017

Managers of the BNED LEADER programme are reassuring potential applicants that funding will still be available until such time as the UK exits the European Union. Grants of between £3,500 and €200,000 for up to 40% of total project costs are available to farmers, small and micro businesses, voluntary and community groups, charities and foresters in the Bolsover and North East Derbyshire eligible areas. Supported projects will fit within the...

Somerset Social Enterprise Fund (Somerset) 28th November 2017

Somerset County Council and the Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) have announced a £1million Somerset Social Enterprise Fund. The fund will provide loans of between £10,000 and £100,000 to new and established social enterprises in Somerset to develop sustainable services for communities. To be eligible, organisations must be operating within Somerset and be able to demonstrate they are social enterprises. Social enterprises can apply fo...

Lancashire Leader Programmes Open for Applications (North West) 28th November 2017

The Lancashire LEADER 2015-2020 programmes are now officially open for applications. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. The LEADER scheme is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). . The programme will run from 2015-2020 wit...

Growth and Sustainability Grants for Rural Businesses (North & West Northants) 28th November 2017

Rural businesses across North & West Northamptonshire (N&WN), the Chilterns and the Clay Vales can apply for LEADER grants to help support their growth and sustainability. Up to £50,000 funding is availalable in the Chilterns and Clay Vales or up to £100,000 in N&WN. LEADER programmes are designed to promote business growth and stimulate job creation, particularly amongst micro and small businesses. They are focused on rural areas and their...

Transform Foundation to Launch Charity Incubator (UK) 28th November 2017

Following a large donation from a philanthropist, the Transform Foundation has announced plans to establish a charity incubator. This will function like many of the leading tech incubators such as Y Combinator, Seedcamp or Entrepreneur First, but purely for the purpose of creating scalable registered charities or social enterprises.  In 2018, applications for the first batch of the Transform Incubator will open. The Transform Incubator wi...

Greater Dartmoor Leaf Fund (South West) 27th November 2017

The Greater Dartmoor Local Enterprise Action Fund (GD LEAF) invests in economic, environmental and community based projects to encourage innovation and promote the prosperity of the greater Dartmoor area. It has just received another £2 million to allocate to projects with the priority for this round of funding being: Farming - support for farm diversification / increasing productivity; Forestry - support for increasing productivity and proce...

Greensand Ridge LEADER 2015-2020 (Bedfordshire) 27th November 2017

The Greensand Ridge LEADER 2015-2020 Leader programme has opened for applications. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. The programme will run from 2015-2020 with £1.443 million available for projects in the Greensand Ridge LEADER area. Small businesses; farmers as well as community groups and social enterprises; etc can apply f...

Eastern Plateau LEADER Programme (Hertfordshire) 27th November 2017

The Eastern Plateau LEADER programme has opened for applications. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. The programme will run from 2015-2020 with £1.8 million available for projects in the Eastern Plateau LEADER area that are relevant to the main Leader priorities: Increased farm productivity; micro and SME development; farm div...

New £5.5m Northern Impact Fund Launches for Social Enterprises (The Midlands, North East, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber) 27th November 2017

Key Fund, a long-standing investor in community and social enterprises, has launched a new Northern Impact Fund, aimed at new and early stage enterprises who are seeking finance to support growth. Finance of up to £150,000, (but typical investments will be around £50k) is available, with up to 20% of the amount available as a grant. The Northern Impact Fund is open to applications from social enterprises operating in the Midlands, North East...

Funding To Help Market Businesses, Charities & Social Enterprises (Yorkshire and Humber) 24th November 2017

Small businesses, charities and social enterprises in Yorkshire and the Humber can apply for up to £2,000 in matched funding to help towards the cost of marketing their business through Enterprise Marketing Vouchers. To be eligible to apply; private businesses must have been trading for less than 3 years; have a clear marketing requirement that can demonstrate has the potential to generate more business; be in a position to match any funding...

Wool Towns Leader Programme (Suffolk and North Essex) 24th November 2017

Local businesses, voluntary groups and entrepreneurs in the Suffolk and North Essex Wool towns can get funding of £2,500 to £100,000 (for up to 40% of total project costs) to support rural development projects through the Leader Programme. The Wool Towns Local Action Group has the following priorities for the funding: Promote the sustainable growth of rural businesses; Maintain and improve the range and quality of services and ensure access...

Dorset Leader Programmes (South West) 23rd November 2017

The Northern and Southern Dorset Leader programmes are open for applications. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. The programme will run from 2015-2020 with £1.577 million available for the Northern Dorset LEADER and £1.617 million available for the Southern Dorset LEADER area. Small businesses, community groups and social en...

Kent Big Society Fund (Kent) 23rd November 2017

Loans of £10,000 to £100,000 are available to support existing and newly created social enterprises in Kent. The Kent Big Society Fund has initial funding from Kent County Council to provide loan financing to support social enterprises that benefit the local community and enhance the economic, social and environmental vibrancy of Kent. Primarily a loan fund, there is also some scope for an element of grant funding. Once finance is repaid, it...

New £5 Million Fund for Social Enterprises (Yorkshire and Humberside) 20th November 2017

Key Fund, an investor in community and social enterprises, plans to invest £1m every month for the next five months through a combined loan and grant package to help finance new business ideas or existing business growth for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. Grants will be at the discretion of the Key Fund, but typically make up 10 percent of the loan taken. Applicants don't need assets or even necessarily experience, the...

Solway, Border and Eden LEADER Programme Opens for Applications (Cumbria) 20th November 2017

The Solway, Border and Eden LEADER programme has opened for applications. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. The programme will run from 2015-2020 with ££2.261 million available for projects in the Solway, Border and Eden LEADER area that are relevant to the main Leader priorities. This call for proposals is for investment i...

Devon Social Investment Fund (Plymouth, Torbay, Devon and Somerset) 20th November 2017

Devon Community Foundation (DCF) is working with Enhance Social Enterprise (ESE) to support social enterprises and social entrepreneurs in Plymouth, Torbay, Devon and Somerset. The Devon Social Investment Fund aims to support the growth and impact of voluntary, community, and social enterprises (VCSEs) with accessible loans, working alongside enterprises to tailor loans to the needs of the organisation and helping to bring ideas to fruition. L...

Grants Available to Upgrade Business Broadband (UK – Various Locations) 20th November 2017

Small and medium business within selected areas of the UK are able to get a grant of up to £3,000 to upgrade their business broadband to a Gigabit capable connection.  The UK Government is testing a new Gigabit Voucher Scheme which will provide vouchers worth up to £3,000 to support the capital costs of getting new gigabit capable connections for businesses. In the Bristol and Bath & North East Somerset area, the Government are also makin...

UnLtd Launches New Fund to Support Social Entrepreneurs (England) 7th November 2017

UnLtd, the charity for Social Entrepreneurs has launched its new UnLtd Impact Fund. The fund aims to address one the key challenges for early stage social ventures: getting to access to capital. The Impact Fund will invest in around 35 social ventures over the next three-years. Initially, the UnLtd Impact Fund is looking to support social ventures tackling challenges related to training and employment - including school leavers and apprenti...

Government Announces New £40 Million Countryside Productivity Scheme (England) 2nd November 2017

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has announced a new £40 million grant scheme to allow farmers to invest in in farm technology and equipment. Under the Countryside Productivity Scheme, grants are available to help livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural farmers improve farm productivity through investing in new technology, such as robotics, to reduce cost or improve product quality. The funding can be used on diverse in...

Funding to Promote Events in Scotland (Scotland) 19th October 2017

EventScotland, the national events agency which aims to strengthen and promote Scotland's events industry, has announced the National Events Programme round 38 is open to applications. The National Events Programme complements the International Funding Programme and is important in developing domestic tourism across Scotland. Through the programme funding is available to support events (outside of the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow) that show...