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Grant Funding

Equity-free grant funding to help you start or grow a business opportunity.

Our grants

We can provide financial support to help you build or grow your business, freelance career, or social enterprise. Our grants are equity-free, meaning we don't take any shares or stakes in your business.

We can award grants in any amount up to £3,000. We issue smaller grants to help with business exploration, including market research. We issue larger grants to help with business development, such as prototyping.

We're proud that we've awarded over £200,000 in grant funding over the past 4 years to help support start-ups.

Applying for the grant couldn’t have been a better experience - it was so accessible! We had outstanding support from our Start-up Adviser... Being awarded [funding] is a real boost, too: evidence that the panel believes in what we’re doing

Rue Collinge, co-Founder of Fragmented Voices CIC

How do I apply for grant funding?

We run regular selection panels to award grant funding. As part of this, we'll ask you to do a short pitch to explain what you would spend the funds on and why. The 'why' is the most important part.

A Start-up Adviser or Business Adviser can refer you to a selection panel and help you prepare to pitch. You will need to make an appointment with an adviser before you can access grant funding.

What important details do I need to know?

  • funding is limited and not guaranteed; it's a competitive process
  • your business opportunity must be in the UK
  • we don’t take any shares or stakes in your business in exchange for funds
  • we can't provide funding if you're on a Student Visa, but we can as soon as you transfer to the Graduate Route Visa

For more information, read our Grant Funding Terms and Conditions.

If you have any questions about grant funding, contact us.

Advice from previous grant recipients

Patrick Lyth, Founder of FEDA Architects

My advice is that you should be able to tell someone what your pitch is in 5 minutes, but also 30 minutes. Have it clear in your head. It should be a clear and simple idea, but accompanied with details on how you will achieve it.

Patrick Lyth, Founder of FEDA Architects

Ollie Reeves, Founder of Compiled


My advice would be to practice pitching to as many people as possible - particularly those who can offer constructive criticism. Be sure to adapt your pitch towards the START UP grant in particular, and make it clear why you need the funds

Ollie Reeves, Founder of Compiled