Funding and grants

Growing your business

Grants to grow your business

Securing investment is a major milestone if you want to grow your business. Grants are one type of funding that you may want to consider. Find out more about how grants work, and which ones are available to you.

How do grants work?

Grants are a bit different to other types of funding like loans or investments. They:

  • Are tied to a specific goal or project and can only be used for this purpose

  • Can only be used to fund a percentage of a project, not the whole thing

  • Don’t need to be paid back to the lender

  • Are paid retrospectively – you pay your costs upfront, and then claim the grant money back later

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Do I qualify for a grant?

The type of grant you can apply for generally depends on your business sector, size and location, as well as the type of project you’ll be using it for. Most grants available in Scotland support projects that:

  • Will bring social or economic benefits, like creating jobs

  • Are collaborative projects leading to new technology or ideas

  • Focus on research and development

Find the right grant for you

We have over 40 different types of grants for different kinds of projects and businesses. Get in touch to discuss how we can help.

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Or explore our most popular grants below

 

Our most popular grants

Brexit Support Grant

From £2,000 up to £4,000 funding to help you manage a wide range of Brexit impacts. 

RSA grants

Available to help projects that will create or protect jobs in Scotland.

R&D grants

Available to help projects that will lead to innovative new products, processes and services.

SMART: SCOTLAND grants

Available to small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help you prove your idea, product or service will work.

European funding

We support Scottish companies to find partners and apply for European funding through Enterprise Europe Network Scotland.

By Design grants

Available to help you improve design in your business.

Make it to Market grants

Available to help you get your products or services ready to be exported to international markets.

Innovate UK

We support Scottish companies through Enterprise Europe Network Scotland to apply for Innovate UK funding. 

Workplace Innovation Fund

Available to help you introduce new and innovative workplace practices.

Collaborative Innovation Fund

Available to SMEs innovating in the Scottish food and drink industry.

Contact our expert team

Get in touch to find out more about our grants and find the right option for your business.