By Design grant

Our By Design grant can help you improve design in your business.

We can contribute between £2,000 and £5,000 to help you design new products, services or processes or to help you improve the design of existing ones.

What can By Design be used for?

  • Sampling or Minimal Viable Product (MVP) design
  • Service design or manufacture ready design
  • Formulation trials and focus groups
  • Recipe development
  • Packaging, prototyping or tooling

Branding can be covered by the grant but must be part of a bigger innovation project with other design costs in the application. 

Designing a website can be included, as long as the website is part of the bigger innovation project and web design costs do not exceed 10% of the total eligible project costs.

What can By Design not be used for?

  • Travel costs or internal training costs
  • Capital expenditure, including ICT hardware
  • Ongoing maintenance contracts or contractors outwith the EU
  • Salary costs or staff recruitment costs, including the design or placement of recruitment adverts
  • Printing costs, such as brochures or leaflets
  • Software for your business, such as office software or operating system licences
  • Printing and production costs for marketing collateral


To be eligible:

  • Your company must have a base in Scotland
  • Your company must be registered for VAT
  • You must be developing or adapting a product or service
  • You haven’t commissioned any work or spent any money on the project activities that the grant would fund
  • You can finance at least 30% of project costs
  • You can pay the project costs up front
  • You can demonstrate the benefits of the project
  • Your company doesn't have an SE 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. Find out more)
  • Your company has a business bank account which will be used for expenditure relating to the grant

Contact our team to learn more

Our team are on hand to answer your questions and explain the support we can offer to help your business succeed.