Business focused fund updates

Start-Up Challenge Business Competition

The Start-Up Challenge Business Competition has been established to support aspiring entrepreneurs aged 16–30 years old. It offers participants an opportunity to win up to £10,000 investment to start their own business or grow an existing one. Shortlisted candidates will … Continue reading

GovTech Fund

The £20 million GovTech Fund will support delivery of the government’s Industrial Strategy by stimulating innovation in the economy, driving the development of the UK’s growing GovTech sector, and providing more opportunities for businesses to access public procurement opportunities. The … Continue reading

ShareLab Fund

The ShareLab Fund aims to support early-stage organisations to develop and apply collaborative digital platforms to tackle real world challenges. Grants of £15,000 to £30,000 are available. A collaborative digital platform is described as a web-based digital tool, such as … Continue reading

Countryside Productivity Scheme

Grants are available for the farming and forestry sectors under the Countryside Productivity Scheme which is part of the Rural Development Programme for England, funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). Additional themes have recently been added to the … Continue reading

Devon Social Investment Fund

Devon Community Foundation has launched the new Devon Social Investment Fund to provide accessible loans to support the growth and impact of voluntary, community and social enterprises. This is a new loan scheme delivering the Growth Fund on behalf of … Continue reading

European Maritime & Fisheries Fund: Sustainable Blue Economy

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund has launched a new call to foster a Sustainable Blue Economy. Alongside improving the marine environment, the aim is to support sustainable job creation, innovation and entrepreneurship in the marine sector. Two strands of … Continue reading

Innovate UK: research & development grants

Innovate UK regularly publishes opportunities for businesses to apply for grants for research and development. The latest funding announcements include: 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme: Phase 1 To develop a UK ‘5G ecosystem’ with technology and deployment, testbeds and trials … Continue reading

Power to Change: Community Business Bright Ideas Fund

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund has published updated guidance notes ahead of application round 3 which opens on 1 November. This is the last round of the two-year programme which offers tailored support and grants of up to £15,000 … Continue reading

Transform Foundation

Transform Foundation aims to encourage investment in digital technologies, skills and marketing in the charity sector. It is currently offering grants to medium-sized charities (with annual revenue between £350k and £30m) to develop websites and advertise through Facebook, but is planning … Continue reading

Responsible Finance

Responsible Finance is the new name for the Community Development Finance Association. It is a network of finance providers which provide loans for customers not supported by other lenders. The members of Responsible Finance are social enterprises which reinvest profits … Continue reading

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