If you’re looking to start a new business, there are a huge range of new business grants available to support you in that endeavour.
Grants are typically in the form of cash offered up to businesses who apply and meet the criteria for a specific grant scheme. These types of new business grants tend to range from £250 to £5,000, with the larger grants typically going to support new businesses in economically deprived areas or to support businesses who are starting up in areas the government is supporting at any given time such as renewable energy, mining, space technology and so forth.
These grants tend to be majority 100% funded meaning if you successfully apply you’ll be given the money upfront with little or no conditions to how its spent (with the exception, of course, it must be spent on the business your starting). Some startup grants will, however, have criteria such as how you can you spend a grant or they will require you to match fund between 20- 50% of the grant amount your applying for.
Searching for these type of grants can be a nightmare, that’s why you’ll find below our detailed of the best grant programmes available to new businesses and startups based in the UK. So if your starting a business or have just started it’s well worth taking a look to see if there is government funding or private financial support available to help you in your new endeavour.
Princes Trust Grants
The Prince’s trust grants have been dedicated to rendering financial assistance to young entrepreneurs since 1976. It offers an exclusive Enterprise Program that provides grants and mentors to young individuals to help them start their own business. To apply for the grant, you are required to fill the online application form.
Funding: The individual must be 18-30 years old to apply for the Prince’s Trust Grants. For individuals, the grant offered is £1,500 whereas a business group may avail a grant of up to £3,000. A test marketing grant of up to £250 is also provided to individuals, to help them evaluate the market value of their product.
Heritage Lottery Fund Start-up Grants
Heritage Lottery grants are only offered to individuals running a non-profit organisation or entrepreneurs who are going to start a new business. They can also help entrepreneurs with introducing new setups for their businesses. The Heritage Lottery Fund also takes the outcomes of your business endeavours into consideration when assessing applications. The applications remain open for the whole year so you can apply at any time. It takes eight months to process the application.
Funding: There is no amount of funding specified, but it does depend on the state of your business.
The startup up grant award is an initiative from Broadland District Council to support unemployed people starting a business in the form of a small grant. The main criteria are that you can only apply after a period of unemployment, your new business must be your full-time profession, and you will need to provide a reliable business plan and cash flow projection. You can register a profile and apply online if successful the grant will be paid once your business begins trading.
Funding: Up to £750 in funding.
Coverage: Broadland District, Norfolk, England
Business start-up grant
A grant from UK Steel Enterprise in conjunction with Caerphilly County Council to provide a micro business grant to help residents in Caerphilly setup a business for the first time. The council requires that the grant funding is used for purchasing building works, marketing, development of a website or capital/ IT equipment.
To apply you will need to supply a business plan of cash flow and profit/loss projections for at least one year, you will also need to provide two quotes for any proposed purchase under the grant, and at least one of the company directors must be employed by the company full time.
Funding: The grant funds project costs up to £500 and is 50% matched funded, i.e. If you apply for £500 you will need a further £500 to put in yourself.
Coverage: Caerphilly County, Wales
Business Start-Up Grant Scheme
A startup grant from Cheshire West and Cheshire Council to support residents in launching new businesses or enterprises, this includes new ventures not older than three months.
To apply, you will need to supply details of a business advisor, an updated business plan and cash flow forecast; you must also prove the grant is necessary to start up your business.
Funding: Grant funding available is a maximum of £250.
Coverage: Cheshire West and Chester, England
Starting in Business Grant
A micro-grant to support entrepreneurs in the Chorley area turning their business ideas into new businesses. To apply, you will need to reach out to a business advisor at Chorley Council.
Funding: Up to £750, this can be in the form of a traditional grant or a loan.
Coverage: Chorley, Lancashire, England
Business support grants
Crawley Borough Council runs the grant scheme, providing startups and small businesses with initial funding to help their new businesses get off the ground or expand in the early years. You can apply using the council application form; grant applications are reviewed every four weeks until funds run out.
Funding: Up to £2,000, the grant is match funded up to 50% of the project cost.
Coverage: Crawley Borough, West Sussex, England
Elmbridge Start-Up Fund
The Start-Up Fund provides a single grant to help businesses with starting out; this could include buying equipment, marketing, promotion and any initial start-up expenses. To be applicable businesses must be set up in the Elmbridge area and be no more than six months old.
Coverage: Elmbridge Borough, Surrey, England
Growing Graduate Enterprise
Growth Lincolnshire is a scheme from the University of Lincolnshire that offers a monetary grant and support to final year university students in Lincolnshire who plan to stay in Lincolnshire and start a new business.
To be eligible your business cannot be trading, you must live in the Lincolnshire area, have no visa restrictions and have a viable business idea.
Funding: £2,500 (Split into two principal payments of £1,500 and £1,000).
Coverage: Lincolnshire County, England
Innovation Programme for Greater Lincolnshire
The innovation grant programme offers access to proof and concept grants and innovation vouchers. The initial grant provides funds for SME’s to build new products, processes or create new markets. The second grant provides funding for SME’s to hire consultants to carry out research and consultancy for technological and innovation projects.
Funding: Proof of concepts grants are between £1,000 and £10,000. Innovation vouchers are from £1,000 to £5,000.
Coverage: Lincolnshire County, England
The Tower Hamlets Council offer a grant for new startup businesses, to be able to apply you must attend and complete the councils 4-day startup programme course. To apply/attend the course you will need to submit an application form to startup ready.
Coverage: London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Greater London, England
Malvern Hills Business Start-Up Grant
Malvern Hills Council run a grant scheme to support businesses based in the district, the aim behind the scheme is to fill vacant business premises, regenerate town centres and create new jobs. Thus you must be able to demonstrate how your business or project will achieve this.
To be eligible, you must be employed full time by your business, provide a business plan and have the relevant business licenses to operate in place.
Funding: A maximum of £750 can be applied for, this goes down to £500 if you are not moving into a ratable business property.
Coverage: Malvern Hills District Council, Worcestershire County, England
Business Start-Up Grant
Offered by Mansfield District Council, the Business Start-Up Grant is available for applications from all residents in the Mansfield area. The grant can be used to fund the costing of starting up; startup costs can include purchasing equipment, advertising, building a website and more.
Funding: Up to £1,000.
Coverage: Mansfield District, Nottinghamshire, England
Ashfield markets grant
The Ashfield markets scheme allows new market traders to get a financial grant to support their new venture in moving into the Idlewells Indoor Market.
Funding: Up to £1,500. It also provides up to £500 for traders looking to move into several local indoor markets.
Coverage: Mansfield District, Nottinghamshire, England
Start-up Business Grants
Available to startup businesses up to a year old, the Start-up business grant from UK Steel Enterprise and Newport City Council is designed to provide funding support to pre-startups and relatively new businesses who will grow the local economy and create jobs. You can use the grant to pay for costs including software, training, commercial rent and more.
Awarding of the grant is discretionary and carried out by the council, social enterprise, companies, sole traders, and all organisations are eligible to apply.
Funding: Up to £1,500, the grant funding is up to 40% of the total cost of any project.
Coverage: Newport City, Wales
Business Support Grant
The Business Support Grant initiative is designed to support local businesses wishing to grow or start new ventures.
Businesses with less than four employees in the Reigate and Banstead Borough area are eligible to apply; you will also need to provide a business plan for review if successful you will be invited to an interview at the town hall.
Funding: Up to £1,000
Coverage: Reigate & Banstead Borough, Surrey
Business start-up grants
A small grant provided by the Scarborough Borough Council to support startup businesses less than 18 months old, applications for the grant can be made to purchase equipment and machinery, improvement of premises and different types of marketing.
Funding: Up to £1,000 for one business in one year.
Coverage: Scarborough Borough, Yorkshire
Business Incentive Grant
The Business Incentive Grant is meant to support startup businesses in the Test Valley in building a competitive local economy. To be eligible for the grant you must apply before you start your business, you must be working on the business full time and must be prepared to receive two site visits from the council to where your operating your business from as well as provided the necessary paperwork. The whole process, unfortunately, is rather long and will six months or more.
Funding: Up to £750.
Coverage: Test Valley, Hampshire, England
Business Startup Grant
Startup businesses in Aylesbury Vale (i.e. those trading for at least three months or up to a year) can apply for grants aimed at improving their business performance and growth. The maximum number of employees you should have is 30. The fund director is the Aylesbury Vale district council.
Funding: The AVDC business fund can award a maximum of £3,000 for early-stage businesses to improve business performance and growth, with AVDC paying up to two-thirds of the cost.
Coverage: Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, England
Regenerous startup grant
The Regenerous startup grant is available to businesses situated in the Merseyside region. The director of the fund is Regenerus, previously known as South Sefton Development Trust. To be eligible, you must be based in Merseyside. Application details are provided on their website.
Funding: Startup support for new businesses setting up across Merseyside. If eligible, the programme includes a combination of workshops and one-on-one assistance from a qualified business adviser to produce your business plan and cash flow along with a startup grant of £250.
Coverage: Merseyside, England
Business Development Grant Scheme
The Business Development Startup grant scheme has been established to encourage the formation of new businesses in Scarborough Borough. The director of the funds is Scarborough Borough Council.
Funding: The amount of funding available is £1-£1000. Startup grants are targeted at new startups and companies less than 18-month old. An application can be made for assistance towards the cost of necessary equipment and machinery. Any grant awarded will be 50% of expenditure within limits of the grant amount.
Coverage: Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England
Grants for New Businesses in Orkney
Overview: The grant is available to people who are looking to start a new business in the Orkney region. The company should comprise no more than nine employees. The grant is managed by the Orkney Business Gateway. The grant may cover any start-up costs such as equipment, training and marketing. For more information, you can contact the Orkney Business Gateway via their website.
Funding: The maximum amount of funding provided is £1,000. Applicants for start-up funding must be developing a new, full-time start-up business. The business must not be launched before application submission. The applicant must submit a business plan with two years cash flow projections.
Coverage: Orkney Island, Scotland
Startup Grant West Dunbartonshire
The startup grant is reserved for people looking to launch their own business. The director of the grant is West Dunbartonshire Council. The maximum number of employees you should have to be eligible is 250. A business plan, as well as proof of trading, must be provided to qualify. You can inquire about the grant from the details provided on the West Dunbartonshire website.
Funding: A grant of £500 is available to help people over 18 with costs of starting a business.
Coverage: Barrow-in-Furness Borough, Cumbria, England
NBV Grant for New Businesses
The NBV business grant is for businesses based in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Greater Lincolnshire. Your business needs to be B2B and ready to start trading. It also has to be already registered with HMRC or Companies House. You need to start by expressing your interest on their website here.
Funding: The grant amount can be anywhere from £1,000 to £2,500 depending on the project spend.
Coverage: Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Greater Lincolnshire, England
Type: B2B / Startup
Cumbria Business Startup Support Programme
The fund director is the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce. You should not have more than 250 employees involved in your business. There is a telephone-based application to assess your eligibility. You can apply through the Cumbria Chamber website.
Funding: The business Startup Support Programme (BSUS) offers free business advice, support and training to anyone looking to start a new business or set up a social enterprise, or those in the first three years of trading. There’s also business support offered to women based in rural Cumbria. The business training course focuses on areas such as social media marketing and search engine optimisation.
Coverage: Cumbria, England
Further grant schemes for small businesses
Below is a further 121 grant schemes and organisations we have yet to write about, these schemes include grants for small, medium and large businesses. You will find the name of the scheme/organisation with the geographic area the grant covers and a link to find out more information.
Woodland Carbon Fund – National
HS2 Woodland Fund – National
NIBB – National
RGF Asset Grant Scheme – National
Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) – National
Industrial Partnership Awards (IPA) – National
European Energy Efficiency Fund (EEEF) – National
RDPE Leader Programme – National
European Social Fund – National
Smart Innovation & Network Growth (SING) – National
Business start-up grant – Tewkesbury Borough, Gloucestershire
Growing business grant – Tewkesbury Borough, Gloucestershire
Working from home grant – Tewkesbury Borough, Gloucestershire
Gainsborough Growth Fund – West Lindsey District, Lincolnshire, England
Winchester City Council business development grants – Winchester City, Hampshire, England
Business Growth Grant – Worcester City, Worcester, England
Start-up funding – Wychavon District, Worcestershire
Coast to Capital Grant Funding (Leader) – West Sussex, England
LoCASE – South East, England
South East Business Boost (SEBB) – East Sussex, England
Grants4Growth – South Holland, Lincolnshire, England
Green Bridge Supply Chain Programme – Solihull, Greater Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, The Marches, Staffordshire, England
Manufacturing Growth Programme – Yorkshire, West Midlands, Humber, parts of the East Midlands and East of England
Business Energy Efficiency (BEE Anglia) – Norfolk and Suffolk, England
Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative – Norfolk, Suffolk, Rutland, North Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, England
StartEast – Norfolk and Suffolk, England
Digital Growth Programme Grant Scheme – Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, England
Nottinghamshire Economic Development Capital Fund – Nottinghamshire, England
N2 Business Growth Fund – Nottinghamshire, England
Boost Business Lancashire – Lancashire, England
Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund – Yorkshire, Humber and Tees Valley, England
The Grow on Growth Fund – Staffordshire, England
Grants for Growth (Make It Stoke & Staffs) – Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Bucks Business First Grants and Vouchers – Buckinghamshire, England
Cumbria Infrastructure Fund – Cumbria, England
Food Enterprise Advisory Support Team (FEAST) – East Midlands, England
Velocity Business Support Programme – Bedfordshire, Aylesbury Vale, Milton Keynes, Cherwell, Northamptonshire, England
Tendring business Grants – Tendring District, Essex
PAPI – North Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, England
Business Development Programme – Birmingham, England
Countryside Productivity Large Grants – Herefordshire, Lincolnshire, Staffordshire, England
Computers for rural people – Staffordshire, England
Creative England Games Industry – Leeds, England
Employer Training Incentive Pilot – Suffolk and Norfolk, England
Boost4Health – North West, England
ICARES EU funding – Kent, England
Triple A funding – Kent, England
South West Growth Fund – South West, England
Low Carbon Workspaces – Black Country, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, England
Bioeconomy Growth Fund – Yorkshire, East Riding, England
North East Business Support Fund – Northeast, England
Energy Saving Trust Grant (Landlords) – Scotland
OBS Elevate Grant – Oxfordshire, England
Let’s Grow Programme – East and North Yorkshire, England
Lancashire Manufacturing Growth Fund – Lancashire, England
Healthcare & Medical Technology Business Vouchers – Staffordshire, England
Textiles Growth Programme – Greater Manchester, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, West Yorkshire, England
Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme – Aberdeen, Scotland and Leicester, England
Enterprising Town Centres – Kegworth, Castle Donington, Ashby, Coalville, Ibstock, Measham, Leicestershire, England
Key Fund for Social & Community Businesses – East Midlands, England
Medilink solstice – Leicester, England
AD:VENTURE – Leeds, England
Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative – Liverpool, West Midlands, England
Agri-tech Cornwall – Isles of Scilly, Cornwall, England
Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme – Swansea, Cardiff, Wales
Business Energy Efficiency Programme – West Midlands, England
Business grants – Greater Peterborough, Greater Cambridge, England
Business Growth Programme – Solihull, Staffordshire, The Marches, Greater Birmingham, Stoke-On-Trent, England
Collaborate for Growth – Leicestershire, England
Conservation grant scheme – Howardian Hills, Yorkshire and the Humber, England
D2 Energy Efficiency – Amber Valley, Bolsover, Derbyshire Dales, Erewash, High Peak, North East Derbyshire or South Derbyshire, Derby City, Chesterfield, England
DigitalCity Fellowship Grant – Tees Valley, North East, England
Energy for Business – Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, England
Innovate Northamptonshire – Northamptonshire, England
LCR Future Energy – Liverpool, England
Proof of concept funding – Worcestershire, England
Spark start-up programme – Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, England
The South-East Midlands Start-up – Bedfordshire, England
Transport sector funding – East Midlands, England
Regional Selective Assistance – Scotland
Small Business Grant Scheme – Isle of Man
Explore Enterprise Programme – Northern Ireland
Skills Advancement Grant – Northern Ireland
Solex exhibition support – Northern Ireland
Brexit Readiness Vouchers – Northern Ireland
Publications Grant Scheme – Northern Ireland
Economic Development Small Grants Programme – Lisburn and Castlereagh, Northern Ireland
Proof of concept techstart NI – Northern Ireland
Financial Support to Businesses – Fife, Scotland
Special Regeneration Fund – Bridgend, Wales
Carmarthenshire Rural Enterprise Fund – Carmarthenshire, Wales
Accelerated Growth Programme – Wales
Site Investigation Fund – Black Country, England
Growth Deal Funding – Black Country, England
Growth Grants – Buckinghamshire, England
Growth Deal – Isles of Scilly
Big House CDI Grant icon – Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, England
Bassetlaw Enterprise Grant Scheme – Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire
Big House Elevator Grant – Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, England
The Enterprise M3 Wood Processing Grant – England
Greater Lincolnshire Growth Fund – Lincolnshire, England
Invest and Grow – Lincolnshire, England
Growing the Humber – Humber, England
Green Port Hull – Hull, Wales
TATA Support Fund – Lincolnshire, England
LEP GRANTS – Leeds, England
Smart Concept Fund – Wolverhampton, England
Havant Business Support Fund – Havant, Hampshire, England
Marine & Maritime SME Growth Fund – Solent and New Forest, England
Isle of Wight Rural SME Fund – Isle of Wight, England
Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust – Westminster, London, England
Derby Internship Programme funded internships – Derbyshire, England
Time2Innovate – Derbyshire, England
Invest to Grow – Derbyshire, England
Keele University funded internships – Keele, England
Internment Subsidies for Employers – Exeter, England
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