The New Enterprise Allowance is a fund available to support unemployed people who are looking to become self employed with their own business. The grant is available as a weekly allowance over a 26 week period. Eligibility depends on you receiving benefits such as JSA, UC or SA.
The scheme is great for anyone who has been out of work for a considerable length of time as it can help them to get back on their feet and become independent. The grant also includes mentoring and guidance in setting up your business.
More information can be found by visiting a Jobcentre Plus and chatting with a work coach
The National Youth Agency offer a grant programme in collaboration with O2 to offer funding to young people aged 17-24 who have come up with innovative ways to use digital technology to provide solutions to environmental issues such as recycling and reducing waste. The grant also includes mentoring and work experience.
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The Barrow Cadbury Trust is one of the oldest independent charitable foundation trusts in the UK. They are committed to bringing about socially just change. They believe that financial networks and institutions should aim to build economic inclusion and not erode it. This grant is ideal for an organisation which is focussed on lowering the inequality between the rich and poor in society.
Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) is a tax relief scheme investment which is aimed at later stage companies. The scene is designed so that your company can raise money to help grow your business. Investors in your company can claim back and keep EIS Tax Reliefs relating to their shares.
The Patent Box Scheme enables companies to apply a lower rate of Corporation Tax to profits earned from its patented inventions. It has enabled some profitable Startup and small companies to nearly halve their Corporation Tax bill. To apply, your business must make a profit from exploiting patented inventions. Your company must own or exclusively licence in the patents.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund recognise that rural communities face a range of challenges. One way in which they overcome this is through a grant programme. The grant scheme is open to applications from individuals and businesses who support activities that result in long term positive impact on rural communities.
The Grant Scheme aims to tackle the following rural issues:
-Improvement of prospects of viability to family farm businesses.
-Sustainability of rural communities and economic vibrancy.
-Support of aid delivery in emergency and building resilience.
The British Council offers grants through a wide range of funding programmes. The amounts which can be claimed vary widely and depend on which programme you apply for.
The Newton Fund provides funding for workshops, research and travel. The scheme issues funding calls and programmes on a rolling basis, these programmes have different criteria and focus on different countries and programmes/workshops. You can view a list of the latest Newton Fund programmes on the funding, grants and opportunities page by clicking the website link.
This fund is geared towards the creative industries such a art, design and fashion. It is especially focussed at the development of young people within these areas and encourages collaboration between countries. The grants are available on a rolling basis with new schemes being announced regularly.
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The Big Lottery Fund offers grants which are aimed at delivering community or charity funding with the aim of implementing social change. However, a few programmes such as the grant for improving lives are available to for-profits, social, and community focussed businesses.
Grants for improving lives
The Improving Lives program aims to fund socially focused organisations working with people who have overcome some form of difficulties in their lives and built up resilience; the program area is limited to Scotland. Most relevant to businesses in the education, therapeutic or other industries.
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Large Grants are between £100,001 and £500,000
The Big Lottery Fund offers grants which are aimed at delivering community or charity funding with the aim of implementing social change.
This grant scheme is dedicated to providing funding for projects where people are working alongside organisations are working together with their local community to make change and have a positive impact. The scheme offers both medium and large grants. Its limited to Wales and is open to not for profit companies and organisations.