The British Business Bank is a government-owned business development bank dedicated to making finance markets work better for smaller businesses. Whether you’re looking for finance to start a business, grow to the next level, or stay ahead of the competition, they deliver a greater volume and choice of finance.
£35 million total fund. Funds touring work, focusing especially on areas where people have low engagement with the arts and those that rely on touring for much of their arts provision. It also seeks to extend the reach of high-quality work by broadening the range of venues presenting it, as well as forging stronger relationships between audiences, promoters, venues, artists and producers. The programme supports a wider range of high-quality work, with a focus on work that is toured to people and places with the least engagement and reflects the diversity of local communities and/or contemporary England and increases work that supports the Creative Case for Diversity.
The Start Up Loans Company was established in September 2012, with a mission to help new and early stage UK businesses access affordable finance and mentoring support.
Open to public, private or voluntary organisations plus individuals and businesses if there are wider community benefits. Supports community-based sustainable development projects – focus on environmental, local economy or community benefits within the AONB area – including tourism, recreation, access, historic environment. 50% intervention rate – can increase to 75% for Non-profit organisations. Grants up to £8,000.
Small amounts of funding focused on sustainable and innovative ways of living, local services includes communication and celebration of local history and culture. 2017-18 funding committed. Next round from April 2018.
Open until 2019.
Fredericks is a Responsible Finance Provider that provides loans to people who want to set up a new business or maintain or expand an existing business. Fredericks is open to anyone who has a viable business proposition, but cannot obtain mainstream finance. Fredericks operates across most of England with a support team on hand to help and guide applicants all the way through the process. The support continues even after the applicant has been successful in the form of mentoring, practical business advice, networking and links within the local community that can help support and grow new and expanding businesses.
Home Building Fund - loan finance for 5+ homes
Grants for the Arts (Arts Council England) is an open access funding programme for individuals, art organisations and other people who use the arts in their work. They offer awards from £1,000 to £100,000 to support a wide variety of arts-related activities, from dance to visual arts, literature to theatre, music to combined arts.
£100k-£5 million grants to repair and regenerate neglected buildings for new uses.
Equity finance with Lloyds Banking Group
Innovation funding competitions, from digital health technology through to autonomous vehicle technologies
Applications through Communities First. Grants up to about £40k. Supports community, built heritage and environmental site-based capital projects. Relevant to community & tourism related activities e.g. cycle paths, access & facilities, sports and leisure facilities.
Environmental, social and economic benefits. Generally up to £3k. Open to community and voluntary groups and partnerships.
F6S is home to 1.5 million tech founders, 600k startups and more than 12,000 startup programs globally. F6S delivers founders more than $1 billion per year in opportunities, funding, grants and services.
Grant funding information and advice for rural businesses based in the Salisbury Plain area
Grants of £500- 20,000. The Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material (PRISM) Fund awards grants to help charitable bodies and accredited museums acquire and conserve items or collections which are important in the history and development of science, technology, industry and related fields. Open to charitable or public bodies and accredited museums except national organisations funded by central government.
Funding for research or innovation that's ground breaking, improves European research standards or responds to challenges like climate change or food security.
The cost of repairing a neglected historic building is often so high that restoration simply isn’t commercially viable. Heritage Enterprise makes such schemes possible by funding some of the repair costs with grants of £100,000 to £5million
SWIG Finance can support growing social enterprises with affordable and unsecured loans, with support and business advice available via the Seedbed programme which is delivered by Dartington Hall Trust. Operating for more than 25 years, SWIG Finance is a not-for-profit organisation delivering loan finance across the South West region to small and medium sized enterprises which cannot access sufficient funding from the banks.
Whether you are just starting out, an established business owner, or a business finance professional, this guide will help you make the best financing decisions for your particular situation.
The UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) is the national trade association for angel and early-stage investment, representing over 160 member organisations and around 18,000 investors. Business angels in the UK collectively invest an estimated £1.5 billion per annum and are therefore the UK’s largest source of investment for startups and early-stage businesses seeking to grow.
Supported by the British Business Bank Angel Co Fund the Angel Co Fund is a £100m investment fund with objectives to back promising UK businesses and help develop the important business angel investment market. Launched in November 2011, the fund makes initial investments of between £100K and £1M, alongside syndicates of business angels in order to support high potential businesses and give them the capital they need to develop and propel growth
£300- £10,000 grants for community projects that: Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities, Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities, Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.
Only open to community businesses. Grants from 50k - £300k. Next round of funding from 2018. Funds community enterprises –includes tourism relevant businesses e.g. arts centres, community pubs, cafes, shops, transport, media, environment & conservation that benefits people. Capital and revenue funding.
You could get a childcare business grant to help with the costs of setting up a childminder business or agency (CMA) in England.
£40 million new funding announced by Defra in November 2017. Minimum £35,000 grants for: Water resource management and reservoirs, Improving forestry productivity, Adding value to Agri-food, Improving farm productivity.
Crowd funding for community groups, business, a charity, a social enterprise, a sports club, or a person. Crowdfunder have worked with thousands of people to raise millions of pounds with the power of the Crowd.
Folk2Folk offers simple, straightforward, local lending and borrowing. They are not a bank or financial advisor. They organise the secured lending of money between local folk and their nearest local office is in Midsomer Norton, Somerset.
Wiltshire Community Foundation is an independent charity that gives grants and funding to the voluntary sector and charities across Wiltshire and Swindon. We are an expert on local need and disadvantage in communities and offer high quality advice and support for all types of donors who want to make a difference in their local area
Small business funding information on all the latest European grants, UK Government grants and other sources of funding to help start and grow your business.
Provides loans for infrastructure projects that will create jobs or new homes.
Grants towards the repair and conservation of listed buildings, scheduled monuments and registered parks and gardens. Open to owners of property needing repair.
Innovate UK is the UK's innovation agency. Innovate UK drives productivity and growth by supporting businesses to realise the potential of new technologies, develop ideas and make them a commercial success. With a strong business focus, they drive growth by working with companies to de-risk, enable and support innovation
Know your finance options: a quick guide For any entrepreneur, knowing your finance options is key to successful progress. This interactive chart shows the financing options your business has at different business stages. Some options are only available to established businesses, whilst others may be open to new start-ups.
£100k-£3 million to conserve distinctive landscapes.
The North Wessex Downs LEADER website provides information on rural development grants available to farmers, foresters, community enterprises and rural-based businesses.
Regeneration funding for historic parks and cemeteries, £100k- £5 million
The Prince's Trust supports young people aged 18 to 30 who want to set up their own business. £1000 to £5000. From training and mentoring support to funding and resources.
Grants for the repair and conservation of historic buildings, monuments and landscapes. You can get grants for the urgent repair and conservation of: •historic and listed buildings •scheduled monuments •designed landscapes, registered parks and gardens You can also get grants for project development work, such as surveys and investigation, that: •enable repairs •improve future management
£3k-250k For organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change to improve the management of heritage. Grants can fund activities to help acquire new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership and business to put the organisation in a better position for the future. Whether you’re facing challenges around income and fundraising, or preparing to take on new forms of investment, such as social investment, Resilient Heritage can support these processes.
Loans and investment finance for charities, social sector and community enterprises. Focus on supporting disadvantaged people.
With an SME growth grant of between £2,000 and £10,000 you can kick start your business growth and take your business success to the next level. Apply through the links below.
A short video from Innovate UK showing 5 tips to secure funding for start-ups and small businesses
Community First provides information, advice and support to tackle and promote rural community issues. They provide practical help, especially to social enterprises, community groups and village services, such as community shops and post offices. They can provide loans, grants and funds for community projects and as well as for youth inclusion projects.
32 page finance guide from the British Business Bank "A journey from start-up to growth"
Writing Better Funding Applications - a workshop for voluntary sector
Wiltshire Community Foundation
Understand what funders are looking for and how to write more successful grant applications.
An interactive session for trustees, staff and volunteers of Wiltshire and Swindon voluntary groups.