Funding and grants

Business grants

Grants to grow your business

We're changing the way we support businesses with a new funding model that’s simpler and more inclusive. Our new funds are aimed at helping businesses create jobs and contribute to a greener economy. Find our available grants and other sources of support.

Our current grants

Now open – green jobs funding call

A new funding call offering between £50,000 and £500,000 to support businesses who are creating green jobs, reducing their impact on the environment and moving towards net zero emission. 


The SMART:SCOTLAND grant is one of our research and development (R&D) grants that aims to support high risk, highly ambitious projects. It is for conducting feasibility studies. The fund opened for applications on Friday 9 April 2021.

Changes to our grants

Our new funding model is simpler and more inclusive. It’s changing the way we support businesses, and will help create jobs and promote a greener economy. The majority of our new grants will be delivered as funding calls – these are a series of funding rounds that open and close for fixed amounts of time. They’ll be focused on helping businesses with specific projects or to achieve specific outcomes.

This means the following grant schemes are no longer accepting new applications.

  • Research and Development
  • Regional Selective Assistance
  • Environmental Aid
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Funding for businesses affected by coronavirus

If your business is affected by the coronavirus outbreak, you can find up-to-date information on grants and sources of finance on the Find Business Support website.

Alternative sources of funding from other bodies

We have a dedicated Funding Information & Support Service (FISS) team to help innovative businesses apply for grant funding from other organisations. They can help identify funding for your R&D projects and review drafts of your applications to increase your chances of success.

Contact our FISS team for more details.

Find Business Support

Search for alternative sources of funding for your business on the Find Business Support website. 

European funding

We support Scottish companies to find project partners and apply for European funding. 

Digital Development Loan

If you want to improve your digital capabilities and processes in areas such as cyber security, data analytics, software engineering and digital skills development, the Scottish Government provides interest free loans to help.

UK Research and Innovation

You can search and apply for funding opportunities from UKRI, covering all academic disciplines and industry sectors.

Innovate UK

We support Scottish companies through our Funding Information & Support Service to apply for Innovate UK funding. 

Find Business Support

Search for alternative sources of funding for your business on the Find Business Support website.