UK Start up and Small Business Grants

If you’re starting a small business or already have one and you’re considering funding options, grants can be a fantastic way to go. There are scores upon scores of different grants and subsidies (plus other types of financial incentives) for small businesses and start ups in the UK. Some apply to businesses in specific industries. Here is a range of them right here including a number of Government backed small business grants.

Here are some small business and start up grants that apply to various types of businesses all over the UK. Many of these are Government business grants.

Name of Grant Type of Grant Value Link to find out more Who is Eligible?
Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme Claim money to contribute to the installation of gigabit cable connections. Up to £2,500 https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/ SMEs. Extra funding may be available in Wales or for those living in rural areas across the country
Coronavirus Discretionary Grants Fund Cash grant to help recover from losses caused by Coronavirus Up to £25,000 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-coronavirus-local-authority-discretionary-grants-fund Businesses who were not eligible for other Government Grant schemes during lockdown
Broadband for Rural Communities Claim vouchers to cover cost of broadband installation in hard to reach areas £3,500 https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/rural/ Rural and hard to reach communities
Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme SEIS offers tax relief to individual investors who buy new shares in your company, encouraging investment. Up to £150,000 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/venture-capital-schemes-apply-to-use-the-seed-enterprise-investment-scheme All of the eligibility criteria can be found at the link, but some of the key points include fewer than 25 employees, company carrying out a new qualifying trade, gross assets not exceeding £200,000 and be established in the UK.
Small Business Rate Relief Business properties with a rateable value of £12,000 or less are exempt from Business Rates Depends on the value of the property https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-business-rate-relief/small-business-rate-relief For businesses occupying properties with a rateable value of £12,000 per year or less
The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme Money for training and start up support as well Up to £500 for training princes-trust.org.uk/help-for-young-people/support-starting-business Must be aged 18-30 and launching a start up
Horizon 2020 EU funding for innovative businesses €278 million to 75 start-ups and SMEs – individual amounts vary https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en Criteria and qualifying business types listed on the website
Plug-in Van Grant Funds to contribute to the purchase of electric vehicles for haulage and transport companies Varies https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/plug-in-van-grant-extension-to-larger-vans/plug-in-van-grant-extension-to-larger-vans

Vehicles must meet minimum performance criteria outlined on the website.

R&D Tax Credits Tax credits 130% of their qualifying costs from their yearly profit, plus the normal 100% deduction. This makes a total 230% tax deduction https://www.gov.uk/guidance/corporation-tax-research-and-development-rd-relief

For projects making progress in and innovating in science and technology..
Your project must aim to create an advance in the overall field, not just for your business. And your business must have no more than 500 employees.

The Princes Countryside Fund Funding for projects that have a long-term positive impact on entrepreneurs working and living in the British countryside Up to £50,000 per project https://www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/grant-giving-programme/grant-programme

Not available for individuals or private farm businesses. Cannot be used to fund capital costs. Eligble projects project must be due to start within the next six months and have to be in a rural area.

Arts Council England Funding Funding for arts, culture and theatre Up to £100,000 https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding

Applies to Arts, Culture, Theatre and similar projects only

New Enterprise Allowance A cash grant in the form of a weekly allowance over 26 weeks Up to £1,274 https://www.gov.uk/moving-from-benefits-to-work/starting-your-own-business

Must be aged over 18 and have been claiming benefits. This is to support those people moving back into work as self employed people.

Woodland Creation Planning Grant Cash grants £1,000 for initial land assessment and data collection plus an additional £150 per hectare https://www.gov.uk/guidance/woodland-creation-planning-grant

Applies to businesses with a certain amount of land as outlined on the website.

The Grow it Award Cash grant, alongside advice, training and mentoring. Up to £15,000 https://www.unltd.org.uk/our-support/starting-up/grow-it

For businesses at least 1 year old but under 5 years old. To qualify, you must have a plan for rapid growth ad have a venture that targets beneficiaries predominantly based in the UK.

Architectural Heritage Fund Cash grants and advice £5,000 + http://ahfund.org.uk/

For registered charities and social enterprises with a limited liability structure. The grants are intended to contribute to projects run by such ventures where the project has the potential to create significant economic and social benefits for a deprived community.

Spaces 4 Change (Ultd grant) Cash Grant Up to £5,000 http://youngunltd.org.uk/looking-for-support/spaces-4-change/

Beneficiaries must be UK based and aged 16 to 24. They must have an idea for a social venture that will “unlock the potential benefits of unused or under-utilised spaces for the local community.”

Do It Awards (Ultd grant) Cash grant and support Up to £5,000 https://www.unltd.org.uk/our-support/starting-up/do-it

Must be open to enterprising people tackling any social issue.

Feasibility studies Cash grant Up to £400,000 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/innovation-get-details-about-innovate-uk-funding-competitions#feasibility-studies Open to UK based research organisations who can showcase final projects at a national event. Further details on the website.
Community Business Bright Ideas Fund Cash grant Up to £15,000 https://www.powertochange.org.uk/get-support/programmes/community-business-bright-ideas/ Designed for community businesses, (incorporated or unincorporated
organisations). Business must have been established for five years or less, and have a charitable purpose.
Government Apprenticeships 95% of training costs Up to £27,000  https://www.gov.uk/take-on-an-apprentice/get-funding Available to a wide range of businesses. Full eligibility criteria available on the website.
Try it Awards Cash Awards Up to £500 https://www.unltd.org.uk/our-support/starting-up/ For those aged 16 or over, resident in the UK and be willing to participate in a learning experience.
Community Building Capital Funds 50% contribution cash grant Up to £25,000 http://www.fundingforall.org.uk/fund_category/community-buildings-halls/ For businesses providing of open access community programmes or activities.
Innovate UK Cash grant Between £25,000 and £10 million. https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/innovate-uk-grant-funding-innovation-loans-and-expert-support For innovation or technology projects. Further criteria on the website.
Media Sub-programme grants UK Free access to local workshops, seminars and industry events. N/A www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/media-sub-programme-grants-uk For UK businesses in the film, television, new media and video games industries.
Stand-alone link UK 50% of project cost N/A https://bbsrc.ukri.org/funding/filter/stand-alone-link/ Criteria outlined on website
New Apprentice Support Grant Cash grant £500 per each new apprentice https://www.citb.co.uk/levy-grants-and-funding/grants-funding/apprenticeship-grants/new-apprentice-support-grant/ Construction employers with a combined PAYE and Net CIS sub-contractor wage bill of below £400,000 (as declared on your 2019 Levy Return)Must also have an Apprentice.
Transport and Logistical Efficiencies 40% cash grant Between £1,000 and £60,000 https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/tale-transport-and-logistical-efficiencies For companies who use transport to deliver commercial goods or services.
Eureka Eurostars 60% cash grant Up to 360,000 Euros https://www.eurostars-eureka.eu/countries/united-kingdom Intended for SMEs that invest 10% of more of turnover into research.
Biomedical & Energy Catalysts 60% cash grant From £150,000 to £10,000,000 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/biomedical-catalyst-what-it-is-and-how-to-apply-for-funding
UK businesses or those thinking of starting a UK business, working in one of the two Catalyst areas (Biomedical and Energy). Must also be working with a fellow business or research partner on the project.

Grant for Business Investment

Up to 35% cash grant

£10,000+ http://www.grantforbusinessinvestment.com/ Criteria outlined in full on the website
Tradeshow Access Programme 100% cash match From £500 to £2500 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tradeshow-access-programme To be eligible for TAP, you must be attending an event listed on the official TAP Calendar. In addition, eligibility is limited to UK SMEs who are already exploring export opportunities or new exporters where export accounts for less than 25% of your business.

If you know of any other start up or small business grants we should know about? Let us know!

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