Business grants

By Design

By Design grant

The By Design grant is now closed. No applications are being accepted at this time.

Other grants to grow your business

Our business grants can help you cover some of the costs of a new project or idea. We can offer a range of support for suitable projects. The type of grant you can apply for depends on your business sector, size and location, and the type of project you’ll be using it for.

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Information on the By Design grant

The By Design grant can provide the funding you need to design and develop new products and services. By using design effectively, businesses can develop products that truly meet the needs of their customers.


Research market opportunities, carry out customer research and create design briefs.


Undertake design work to scope out products or services suited to the needs of the customer. Define and design the brand for the new product or service.


Create prototypes or minimum viable products to be tested with customers and focus groups.


Preparation for market launch, final testing and refinements to products based on feedback.


Acme Ltd. wish to develop a prototype for a new product. Acme Ltd. obtain a quote from a design agency for £6000 and are then successful in applying to By Design. Acme Ltd. pay their design agency the £6000 and then claim back 70% of the total project cost (£4200) from Scottish Enterprise by providing evidence that the cost has been incurred and the prototype work has been completed.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible your company:
  • Must have a base in Scottish Enterprise supported regions and be registered for VAT
  • Must not have commissioned any work or spent any money on the project activities that the grant would fund
  • Must have a business bank account which will be used for expenditure relating to the grant
Other criteria
  • You can incur 100% of the project costs up front and then await payment of a claim for 70% of eligible expenditure
  • You can demonstrate the benefits of the project
  • Your company doesn't have a Scottish Enterprise account manager or Business Gateway growth pipeline adviser
  • Funding won't be used for travel costs
  • Funding won't be used for capital expenditure, such as IT equipment
  • Funding won't be used for software licences
  • Funding won't be used for internal payment or temporary salaries
  • No more than 10% of the overall project cost will be focused on website design
  • You haven't received By Design or Make it to Market grant funding in the past
  • Your company is an SME (an SME has fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of less than €50m or a balance sheet of less than €43m) - EU Commission's definition of an SME (link opens in a new window)
The By Design grant is now paused until the new financial year. No applications are being accepted at this time.