Funding and grants

Growing your business

Grants to grow your business

Our business grants can help you cover some of the costs of a new project or idea. From small grants of a few thousand pounds to much larger sums, we can offer a range of support for suitable projects. Find out more about the different types of grants available and how they work.

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 

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 

Our grants

We have lots of different grants for different kinds of projects and businesses. Explore our most popular grants below or get in touch to discuss how we can help.

Small grants

Brexit Support Grant

Small business grants from £2,000 up to £4,000 to help you manage a wide range of Brexit impacts. 

Make it to Market

Small business grants between £2,000 and £5,000 to help you get your products or services ready to be exported to international markets. 

Workplace Innovation Fund

Small business grants up to £5,000 to help you introduce new and innovative workplace practices. 

By Design

Small business grants up to £5,000 for design work related to products and services. 

Large grants

Research and Development grants

Business grants from £100,000. Available to help projects that will lead to innovative new products, processes and services. 

SMART: SCOTLAND

Business grants from £75,000. Available to small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help you prove your idea, product or service will work. 

Regional Selective Assistance

Business grants from £20,000. Available to help projects that will create or protect jobs in Scotland. 

Collaborative Innovation Fund

Grants from £25,000. Available to SMEs in the food and drink sector to work on collaborative, innovative projects. Grants of £5,000 may be available to support feasibility studies.

Funding from external sources

European funding

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

Innovate UK

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

Digital Development Loan

If you want to improve your digital capabilities and processes in areas such as cyber security, data analytics, software engineering and digital skills development, the Scottish Government provides interest free loans to help.

Contact our business grants team

Can't find what you're looking for? Get in touch to find out more about our grants and find the right option for your business.