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The Ultimate List of Grants That Small Businesses Can Apply for in 2021 By Location

The Ultimate List of Grants That Small Businesses Can Apply for in 2021 By Location

This is the definitive list of grants that UK-based small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can apply for in 2021. As you will see, the sheer wealth of grants available to SMEs reflects the Government’s pledge to ‘level up’ the economy.

This article will first look at UK-wide grants, then delve into grants available by nation, and finally, will examine grants available for each English region.

If you want to find out more about business grants for small businesses, you’ve come to the right place. At Osome, we are committed to helping businesses set up in the UK to thrive and grow. Ask away for any questions at all.

UK-Wide Grants For Small Businesses

Boost4Health

Vouchers for SMEs looking to reach international markets.

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) grants scheme - England
Grants to help businesses increase their competitiveness in the construction sector.

CRACK IT – Challenges
A fund to support organisations solving business and scientific challenges to deliver commercial benefits.

Funding and advice for space services - UK
Funding for businesses who are seeking to develop a space-based service.

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) - UK
Grant contributions to pay towards upgrading business broadband.

Heritage Enterprise (HE) - UK
Funding to help restore neglected historic buildings and sites and unlock their economic potential.

Horizon Europe funding
Funding for groundbreaking research that deals with challenges like climate change or food security.

Innovate UK - grant funding, innovation loans and expert support
Grants of up to £10M to support innovative UK businesses that are developing new technologies.

Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)

Offers a maximum of £150,000 in tax reliefs for individual investors in your business.

£25,000 #BusinessBoost grant competition

A grant of £25,000 towards helping entrepreneurs launch a new business or help existing SMEs bounce back from COVID-19.

R&D Tax Credits

Tax credits for science and technology companies with fewer than 500 staff members and a turnover of under £100m (or balance sheet total under £86m).

British Council Grants

Grants that go towards research, travel, and workshops.

£10,000 grants for small, ethnically diverse businesses

£10,000 grants for small, ethnically diverse businesses majority-owned by a person from a marginalised ethnic background with fewer than 15 employees and an annual turnover of less than £100,000.

Countryside Stewardship

Over 248 grants for improvements, from planting fruit trees to stone wall restoration.

Woodland Creation Planning Grant (WCPG)

Grants of up to £30,000 per project for the planting of multi-purpose woodland.

Grow It Award

Funding of up to £15,000 for social entrepreneurs with a focus on creating access to employment, developing strong communities, and developing solutions for an ageing society.

New Enterprise Allowance

Weekly allowance of up to £1,274 for unemployed people wanting to start their own business.

Heritage Enterprise UK

Grants of up to £5,000,000 for the restoration of neglected historic buildings and sites.

Architectural Heritage Fund

Grants of up to £350,000 for the transformation of high streets and town centres.

Vistaprint 99 Days of Design

Grants of £12,000 for SMEs seeking to rebrand themselves.

Fantastic Services £5,000 (Re)start grant

Grants of up to £5,000 to help people to start up their own business within the domestic service industry.

Do It Award

Grants of up to £5,000 to help you start your social enterprise.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

Grant for self-employed people impacted by COVID-19 who submitted a tax return on or before April 23 2020.

Scotland

Business loans, grants and funding - Scotland
Finder to help businesses based in Scotland find funding from private and public organisations.

Scottish Growth Scheme

A package of financial support of up to £500m for Scottish businesses — the funding varies for each particular scheme.

Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development

Funding available of up to £100,000 for individuals and organisations in the creative industries, aimed at helping them find new ways to adapt to changing conditions.

Temporary Closure grant

Temporary Closure grants of either £2,000 or £3,000 every four weeks (depending on the value of their property) if they have had to close due to government-mandated lockdowns.

Workplace Innovation Grant

Grants of up to £5,000 to support the introduction of innovative workplace practices to businesses based in Scotland.

Scottish Edge

Aimed at fostering high-growth, up-and-coming entrepreneurial talent in Scotland, winners of this competition can get up to £100,000 in funding.

Forestry Grant Scheme

Grants focused on financially supporting businesses involved in the creation or management of woodland spaces.

Culture & Business Fund Scotland

Pound for pound match-funding grants for projects costing between £1,000 and £40,000, aiming to encourage businesses to sponsor arts and heritage activity within Scotland.

Workforce Upskilling Grant

Grants of up to £2,000 for SMEs looking to upskill their workforce (and they will cover 100% of the total cost).

Orkney Islands New Business Start Up Grant

New Business Start Up Grant of up to £1,500 for new fully sustainable start-ups based in the Orkney Islands.

West Dumbarton Business Start Up Grant

Grants of up to £500 in start-up costs for new businesses based in West Dumbarton.

Wales

Caerphilly Business Start-Up grant

Start-ups in the Caerphilly County Borough can claim a discretionary grant providing 50% of eligible costs of up to £500 (for expenditure on things like capital equipment, training, and building works).

Community toilet grant scheme, Gwynedd County

Grants of £500 for businesses based in Gwynedd County if you allow your toilet to be used by the general public.

ISO Grant Scheme, Gwynedd County

Grants to help SMEs in Gwynedd County get ISO accreditation for their business, with the grant going towards the cost of working with a consultant to get the certification itself.

Blaenau Gwent Kick Start Plus

Grant for start-up SMEs of up to £1,000, while applicants must match-fund 50% of the total funding.

Circular Economy Fund

Grants of up to £200,000 for SMEs in the circular economy based in Wales, whose projects seek to increase the use of recyclables, or extend the lifetime of products through preparation for re-use, refurbishment or re-manufacturing activities.

Local Places for Nature

Grants of up to £50,000 for capital projects in Wales that will acquire, revitalise, and enhance nature.

Northern Ireland

Proof of Concept Grant Fund

Grants of either up to £10,000 or a concept-plus grant of up to £35,000 for entrepreneurs with innovative product or service concepts.

Skills Advancement Grant

Available only to customers of Invest Northern Ireland (unless you prove that your business will grow, export your product overseas, and create jobs in Northern Ireland). Applicants can receive up to £10,000 to go towards staff training for firms involved in manufacturing or internationally tradable services.

DAERA forestry grants

Grant scheme for businesses involved in the expansion of forests, protection of existing forests, woodland management, and the ‘agri environment’.

Brexit Readiness Vouchers

Financial support of up to £2,250 towards professional advice relating to Brexit.

England

Repair Grants for Heritage at Risk - England
Grants for the conservation of historic buildings, monuments and landscapes.

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) grants scheme

Grant schemes available throughout England.

North West

Key Fund - Midlands and the North of England
Grants for social enterprises in the North and the Midlands.

Tourism grants - Eden

Grants for tourism-generating projects based in Eden, Cumbria.

Premises Improvement Grants, Pendle

Grants for Pendle-based businesses of up to £3,000.

Cumbria Infrastructure Fund

Grants towards business ventures that support infrastructure projects that enhance development, and create jobs and homes in Cumbria.

LCR Future Energy, Liverpool

Grants of up to £7,500 for SMEs in the Liverpool City Region to enter or grow in the renewable energy supply chain.

Greater Manchester #SEEDIFFERENT SME Apprenticeship Support Grants

Grants of £3,000 may be offered to SMEs based in Greater Manchester that don’t pay the Apprenticeship Levy and haven’t employed an apprentice in at least two years.

Salford Skills for Business Apprenticeship Fund

Fund that covers the training and employment costs for Salford-based SMEs.

North East

DigitalCity Accelerator Programme - Tees Valley
Grant of up to £5,000 for digital SMEs based in Tees Valley that have been trading for up to 18 months.

Key Fund - Midlands and the North of England
Grants for social enterprises in the North and the Midlands.

North of Tyne Growth Fund
Grants for business growth projects that lead to job creation.

PNE Enterprise - business support service - North East England
Grants for businesses based in the North East of England

Tees Valley Business Start Up programme
Grant funding for residents thinking of starting a business in certain priority sectors based in the Tees Valley.

The Growth Fund
Grant funding of up to £200,000 for businesses based in Gateshead, South Tyneside & Sunderland.

Tees Valley Apprenticeship Support Grant

A grant of up to £3,000 per apprentice for Tees Valley SMEs in high-demand sectors identified in the Tees Valley Strategic Economic Plan.

North of Tyne Growth Fund

Grants of up to 30% of expenditure for SMEs expanding or establishing in Newcastle, Tyneside or Northumberland and planning a capital investment of at least £134,000.

Arrow: Supporting Innovation in the North East

Offers up to £10,000 of match-funding for businesses in the North East.

Yorkshire

Product and Process Innovation - York, North Yorkshire and East Riding
40% grant innovation funding for small businesses in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding.

Scarborough Business Development Grant Scheme

Grants of up to £5,000 for Scarborough-based start-ups with fewer than 10 employees.

Growing Hull & East Yorkshire Business Investment Grants

Capital grants of up to £250,000 for SMEs in Hull and East Yorkshire to support and incentivise investment, growth, and job creation.

Green Port Hull

Grants starting from £10,000 for Hull-based individuals or organisations looking to start, expand, or reorganise.

South West

Arts University Bournemouth Innovation Vouchers
Vouchers to access external expertise, facilities, and equipment to help SMEs develop.

Small Growth Grants for Dorset
Small grants given to projects over £4,000 for Dorset businesses with plans to grow.

Business Innovation Fund, West of England

Grants of up to £20,000 for SMEs based in the West of England to help develop innovative projects and products.

East Midlands

FEAST 2
Grant funding that provides up to 25% of the cost of all production equipment purchases in Derbyshire, South East Midlands, and Nottinghamshire.

Key Fund - Midlands and the North of England
Grants for social enterprises in the North and the Midlands.

Harborough Business Grant for Apprenticeships

Grants of up to £750 are available to help businesses in the Harborough district take on new apprentices.

DIT Internalisation Fund

Match-funded grants of up to £9,000 available for East Midlands businesses.

Business Growth Grant - Leicestershire
Grants of up to £25,000 for SMEs trading over 12 months.

DRIVEN - ESF High Level Skills programme
Grants to help SMEs in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to recruit talented students and graduates.

Green BELLE - Leicestershire
Energy efficiency grants and advice for SMEs in Leicester and Leicestershire.

NBV Grant for New Businesses, Nottinghamshire

Grant of up to £2,500 for businesses based in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Greater Lincolnshire.

Energy for Business - Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire
Business support and grant funding for energy efficiency projects.

Invest to Grow
Grants to support SMEs in the East Midlands to innovate, grow, and create jobs.

Business Growth and Digital Growth Grants (GLLEP)

Grant of up to £5,000 (contributing to 50% of overall costs) for Greater Lincolnshire-based SMEs seeking to increase turnover or create jobs.

Growing Enterprise, Lincolnshire

Grant of up to £2,500 for SMEs based in Greater Lincolnshire — businesses have to pay the supplier for the full cost of the project before receiving the grant.

Invest to Grow, Lincolnshire

Grants of up to £250,000 for Lincolnshire-based businesses making developments that enable the delivery of new jobs and commercial space.

Big House Elevator Grant

Grant of 30% of project spend for creative or digital industry SMEs in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire looking to grow their business.

D2N2 Capital Growth Fund
Grant funding of up to £10,000 towards capital investment projects of SMEs based in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire with potential for growth.

Business Growth Grant Scheme - Mansfield
Grants of up to £2,500 for existing businesses in Mansfield that can produce a growth plan leading to job creation.

Business start-up grant scheme - Mansfield
Grant of up to £1,000 for new businesses in the Mansfield area.

West Midlands

Innovation Voucher
Innovation vouchers to help SMEs in Birmingham, Solihull, Redditch, Bromsgrove, and Wyre Forest enhance new processes and systems to improve efficiency.

Key Fund - Midlands and the North of England
Grants for social enterprises in the North and the Midlands.

Business Growth Programme 2 – The Marches
Grant support up to £1,000,000 for individuals and businesses seeking to start, grow and expand in the Marches.

The Supplier Skills Programme (SSP)
Grants of up to £18,000 for SMEs in Birmingham, Solihull, Redditch, Bromsgrove, and Wyre Forest, to go towards the upskilling of new and existing employees.

Growth Deal funding, Black Country

Grant for private sector landowners in the Black Country seeking to de-risk their sites.

Heavy Duty Vehicle Fund
West Midlands based SMEs conducting commercial operations in Birmingham could apply for up to £200,000 to upgrade their vehicle fleet.

Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme
Grants of up to £50,000 to fund projects aimed at reducing SMEs’ carbon footprint.

Diverse Supply Chains Project
Up to £2,500 in grants to help minority-owned businesses in Greater Birmingham and Solihull enter the supply chains of large public and private sector organisations.

Business Energy Efficiency Programme - West Midlands
Grants to help businesses in the West Midlands reduce energy costs.

Duplex Investment Fund
Combined grants and loans towards capital purchases for SMEs based in Coventry or Warwickshire.

Proof of concept funding - Worcestershire
Grants of up to £30,000 (towards project costs) for SMEs to test and develop early stage new business ideas.

Business Growth Grant, Worcester City

Grants of up to £3,000 (match-funded pound for pound) for Worcester City based SMEs that have been trading for more than a year.

Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme

Warwickshire District Council will fund up to 40% of investment on new equipment that cuts carbon emissions for your business, providing grants of up to £50,000.

Low Carbon Revenue Grants, Warwickshire

Warwickshire City Council is providing grants aiming to commercialise low carbon products, covering 40% with a maximum £6,000 funding.

Low Carbon Innovation Grants, Warwickshire

Grants of up to £50,000 to go towards Warwickshire SMEs developing low carbon products or invest in low carbon technology, covering 40% of improvements.

Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP), Worcestershire County

Worcestershire County is providing ‘energy efficiency’ grants of up to £20,000 available to SMEs throughout Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Telford, and Wrekin and Shropshire.

Warwickshire County Council Growth Fund – Small Capital Grants

Warwickshire County Council is offering grants of up to £35,000 to SMEs with growth plans.

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Grants for Growth

Capital grants of up to £160,000 to be used to expand your premises or buy new plant, machinery and equipment. Project costs must be at minimum £35,000.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Revenue Grant

Grants of £1,000 for SMEs based in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire to go towards product design, specialist consultancy costs, or improvements to your website.

Malvern Hills Enterprise Scheme

Grants of up to £1,000 for SMEs in the low carbon economy to go towards investment in the business’s own environmental sustainability.

South East

Civic Improvement Fund (ECIF) - Elmbridge
Grant of up to £15,000 to help the Elmbridge economy, including improving empty shopfronts.

Elmbridge Start-Up Fund

This is a one-off grant of up to £1,000 to go towards start-up costs.

Digital High Street Fund, Elmbridge

Grants to help independent high street retailers based in Elmbridge establish or upgrade e-commerce websites, with funding of up to 90% of costs, up to a maximum of £2,000.

Enterprise M3 Growth Fund
Growth funding of up to £200,000 for businesses in Surrey and Hampshire.

Reigate and Banstead Business Support Grant

Grants of up to £1,000 for SMEs with fewer than 4 employees that are based in Reigate and Banstead Borough.

The Hertfordshire Start-up Programme
Match-funded grant of up to £3,000 for new businesses in Hertfordshire.

TALE (Transport and Logistical Efficiencies)
Grants of up to £60,000 to help SMEs who transport goods or deliver services, to improve their use of data.

The Business Hothouse
Grants between £5,000 to £120,000 for individuals starting or growing a business in the Coast to Capital LEP area.

Arun Valley Business Grants

Grants of £1,500 to private and voluntary organisations who are looking to hire an apprentice.

East Sussex Invest 7 (ESI7)

Grants between £10,000 to £25,000 (with a minimum match-funding of 60%).

Locate East Sussex

Grants between £10,000 and £25,000 for East Sussex businesses seeking to grow.

Independent Retailer Grant

Grant of £1,000 to encourage independently owned retailers to take up ground floor premises that have been empty for at least 1 month (class A1 or A3)  in Romsey and Andover.

Small Business Grant Scheme, Crawley

Grants of up to £4,000 available to Crawley-based businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

South East Business Boost (SEBB), East Sussex, Kent, Essex

Open to businesses across the South East, firms can secure a grant of up to £10,000.

Wenta grants

Social enterprise, Wenta, can offer up to £3,000 via support programmes for businesses based in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Enfield.

Isle of Wight Rural SME Fund

Grants available for capital spending between £2,500 and £50,000 but 50% of the costs must be matched by private funds.

East of England

Get Growing 2
Possible grants for SMEs in Hertfordshire looking to grow.

New Anglia Small Grants Scheme and Growing Business Fund

Grants of up to £25,000 to entrepreneurs who want to grow their business; and up to £500,000 to local businesses who are keen to grow and create new jobs, covering up to 20% of total project costs.

Broadland District Enterprise grant

Grant of up to £750 for Broadland-based SMEs with fewer than 10 employees.

The West Lindsey Feasibility Fund (formerly the Gainsborough Feasibility Fund)

Grants of up to £5,000 (you provide 50% match-funding) to support SMEs with professional fees or technical survey work.

Business Energy Efficiency (BEE Anglia)

Grants of up to £10,000 to help businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk to cut their carbon emissions.

New Anglia Growth Through Innovation Fund

Grants up to £25,000 (paying for up to 50% of total project costs) to help businesses invest in innovation, research and development.

London

It’s worth noting that most grants for London-based businesses are controlled by local councils rather than by the UK government itself. To find out more, check out your local council’s website.

What Are You Eligible For?

There are clearly plenty of UK government grants for small businesses, with the government keen to get UK SMEs flourishing as quickly as possible. Be sure to make the most out of this opportunity while you can.
For more advice on business grants for small businesses, or for wider help with strategic growth planning, accounting experts in the UK.

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