Scotland, Small Business

Small Business Grants and Funding in Scotland

small business grants and funding scotland

Setting up a successful small business can be tough if you’re starting from scratch. You might have a fantastic idea, but lack the funds to make it happen. Don’t worry, there are plenty of small business grants and funding in Scotland to help give your business a boost!

Here are a few of the best opportunities for small business grants and funding in Scotland, as well as my tips on when and how to apply.

Scottish Enterprise

small business grants and funding scotland

Who: all types of small businesses
When: various deadlines

Scottish Enterprise is a public body which encourages economic development and business innovation in Scotland. Part of this support includes a variety of small business grants and funding.

As well as their own grants, Scottish Enterprise can also help you apply for funding from a range of other external sources. A few key grants to look out for include:

  • Workplace Innovation Fund – up to £5,000 to allow you to introduce new and innovative practices in the workplace
  • Make it to Market Grant – between £2,000 and £5,000 to help get your products or services ready to export to an international market
  • Collaborative Innovation Fund – grants from £25,000 for small businesses in the food and drink sector to work on collaborative projects with other organisations
  • and many more.

Business Gateway

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Who: all types of small businesses
When: various deadlines

Another great organisation which can help you secure small business grants and funding in Scotland is Business Gateway. Whether you’re just starting out or already have an established business, their funding advice is invaluable.

Business Gateway advisors can help you apply for a range of funding, including:

  • Scottish Loan Scheme – loans of between £250,000 and £2 million for Scottish businesses who have been trading for 2 years or more
  • New Enterprise Allowance – grants of varying amounts to help people on Jobseeker’s Allowance set up and establish a small business
  • and many more.

Prince’s Trust

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Who: 18 to 30-year-olds looking to start their own business
When: no deadline

As part of their Enterprise scheme, the Prince’s Trust help equip young people with the skills and knowledge they need to run their own businesses. Part of this includes small business grants and funding in Scotland for those aged between 18 and 30.

As well as advice and support, the Enterprise programme also includes ‘Will it Work’ grants of up to £250 to test if your business is viable, and low-interest start-up loans of up to £5,000 to help turn your business idea into reality.


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Who: businesses with an interest in digital innovation
When: challenges released in July

CivTech, part of the Scottish Government’s Digital Directorate, brings together public sector bodies with creative private sector small businesses to solve problems, develop new products and deliver better services for everyone.

Each year a set of ‘challenges’ are released and people can apply with their best solution to the problem. The most innovative application will then receive funding, resources and support from CivTech to help make it a reality.

Past challenges have included things like:

  • How can technology help us inform and inspire primary school pupils to think differently about their future careers?
  • How can we help people with long-term illnesses access technologies that can enhance their care?
  • How can we use technology to manage the property condition of communal areas in privately owned tenements?

Just at the start of your business journey? Here’s an overview of available business incubators & accelerators in Scotland.

Scottish EDGE

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Who: Scottish entrepreneurs and start-ups
When: applications open January 21st 2020

If you’re an entrepreneur and are looking for small business grants and funding in Scotland, why not apply for Scottish EDGE? You could win up to £150,000 in funding, plus a package of support and mentorship from Scottish EDGE, to help grow your innovative business idea.

To apply, you’ll need to submit a three-minute video presentation along with your application which will be assessed on innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, business growth potential, customer focus, utilisation of funding and risk awareness.

Looking for more? Then check out this list of grants & funds for small businesses in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


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