LEP funding the high streets

Grant and loan funding is available to provide financial assistance to Micro, Small and Medium-sized businesses of any sector operating in the Solent LEP region

How does it work?

The fund can provide up to 30% of the total project costs for capital expenditure only. The funding for existing businesses is available through 3 different routes

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Fiverr Micro-grant

What can £500 do for your business? Let us know and we might make it happen.

Fiverr's mission is to change how the world works together. We're rooted in helping entrepreneurs and small businesses grow. But before you tap our global marketplace for help with designing your logo, creating your website, or building out a brand strategy, sometimes what you really need is extra resources to do more. A little bit goes a long way, that’s why every month we’ll be giving away four (4) micro-grants of £500 in Fiverr credit to entrepreneurs and small to medium-sized businesses. Let’s get more done, together.

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Communities Against Cancer – Funding opportunity

Communities Against Cancer is a new grant scheme aimed at helping people to reduce their risk of cancer, be aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer, and seek help at an earlier stage.

The project aims to benefit people who are less likely to know how to look after their health or are less able to do so. You don't need to be knowledgeable about cancer to apply for a grant, as we will provide Cancer Champion training.

We are offering small and large grants to help organisations and individuals join us on this mission.

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Bright Ideas Fund

The Bright Ideas Fund supports new community business ideas through the start-up and planning stages with tailored business support, to the implementation stage with grants of up to £15,000.

The Bright Ideas Fund is funded by Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, and delivered by Locality, the national network for community organisations, in partnership with Co-operatives UK, the Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK.

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Support for Start-ups

Are you thinking of starting a business, or do you have a product/service ready to sell?

We want to hear from you!

The Solent LEP Growth Hub is a FREE business support service available to all Solent based businesses. We operate a concierge service that can equip you with the tools and techniques to grow your business.

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Startup Funding Club

Startup Funding Club is an award-winning network of business angels and early-stage investment fund supporting UK-based startups. SFC has already supported over 120 companies.

If you are a young company looking to raise up to £500K of SEIS/EIS funds, visit their website and apply for funding.

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The A-Z of finding funding for your business

The A-Z of finding funding for your business by Enterprise Nation

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10 ways to fund your business

10 ways to fund your business by Enterprise Nation

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Essential guide to start-up funding stages

Essential guide to start-up funding stages from Innovate UK

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Small Business Grants

This grant from is a free-to-enter monthly competition that gives small businesses with a turnover between £50,000 and £500,000 a chance to win a £5,000 grant to invest in their company’s growth. This grant does not have to be paid back.

Eligible businesses can apply for FREE via the Grant Application form. Every month, a shortlist of leading entries will be sent to our panel of independent judges who will decide on the winner, considering factors such as turnover growth, innovation, aspiration, key projects completed, contracts won and partnerships forged

Companies may apply for this initiative once every three months!

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Changemaker Fund (for social enterprise)

Changemaker is a fund to help social enterprises, small charities and community groups to deliver projects in the UK that create innovative solutions to improve communities.

Santander has £200,000 to support Changemakers who turn to the Crowd to make great ideas happen.

The Changemaker Fund has been created to support projects that help disadvantaged people to have confidence in the future by building skills and knowledge or innovative ideas that help communities prosper.

If you have a project which the Crowd support we’ll provide the final 50% to help you reach your target.

Together we can create social change through the power of ideas.

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Net Lawman Scholarship Programme

We want to support people who have great business ideas get them off the ground. Starting up, whether you’re selling a product you have designed, or selling your services takes some initial capital.
Our scholarship awards are designed to help students with start-up costs, whether investment in IT, stationery, business administration or learning tools.

We have two awards each year:
1 x scholarship of £800
1 x scholarship of £500

In addition, successful applicants will receive legal documents to the value of £250.

Am I eligible?
You must be an undergraduate or a postgraduate, enrolled full time at a recognised UK university at the time of application.
You must be UK resident.
You must not have received a Net Lawman scholarship award in a previous year.

How to apply
You should write a short essay (between 400 and 700 words) explaining:
How our scholarship could help you develop your idea
Why you want to start your own business
Your circumstances and need for further financial support

You will also need to provide us with:
Proof of academic achievement - ABB grade or above in A Levels or equivalent alternative qualifications.
One letter of recommendation from a current, relevant person (e.g. from a tutor on a current course at your university, or from an employer for whom you have recently completed an internship)

Send all the documents in your application to our marketing team by e-mail:

The closing date for applications for the 2017 Net Lawman Scholarships has now passed. Awards for 2018 to be announced.

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Britbots – High Growth Robotics Fund

The British Robotics Seed Fund is the only investment fund specialising in UK-based robotics start-ups. As automation and robotisation begin to drive significant productivity improvements across the global economy, the fund looks to invest in and nurture the most innovative and disruptive businesses that are exploiting the next generation of robotic technologies.

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Find investors for your startup, find jobs in startups or even invest in a startup.

AngelList is a platform for startups to raise money online, recruit employees, and apply for funding. It was started in Jan 2010 by Babak Nivi and Naval Ravikant, who also wrote Venture Hacks.

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Crowd Science – Science crowdfunding platform

Crowd Science aims is to add democracy to science and give the public the opportunity to back science they believe in.

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Mustard Seed – Investment for socially-driven entrepreneurs

Mustard Seed Enables Enterprise for Society. Connecting influential investors with socially-driven entrepreneurs.

Mustard Seed seeks to enable the creation of world-class businesses that generate positive and sustainable outcomes. We connect a dynamic and influential network of global members with exceptional entrepreneurial talent across the world, to invest in innovative enterprises.

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Student Upstarts – Startup investment & advisory

Student Upstarts - Startup investment & advisory

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65 Questions Venture Capitalists Will Ask Startups

Entrepreneurs need to be prepared in pitching their startup companies to a venture capitalist by anticipating the questions they will receive. The failure to have thoughtful and reasonable answers to VC questions will decrease the likelihood of the company getting funded. The following is a list of key questions the entrepreneur should answer in the pitch or anticipate getting asked.

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The Ultimate Pitch Deck to Raise Money for Startups

Great startups don’t fund themselves. Raising money from investors for your startup is challenging at any stage and requires a great pitch, even for experienced founders with significant traction in their company.

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Santander Discovery Grants

Dicovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to fund an activity which supports one or more of our three priority themes:

Explorer - improving knowledge and insight
Transformer - developing skills and experience
Changemaker - innovative solutions to social challenges

Grants must directly benefit disadvantaged people in the UK and must be for something that is wholly charitable. Funding is available to cover part time salaries, equipment or materials but is for one year and must deliver a local project, not a national initiative. We aim to fund a complete item rather than simply make a contribution to an appeal.

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"We believe the most ambitious founders seek out the smartest capital. Smart capital is more than the money to get you started. To realise your vision you need to tap into a global network of the right Advisors and overcome the challenges you'll face in the fastest possible time. You need to put yourself in a position to have your choice of Talent, Advisors and Investors, wherever they are across the globe. At Seedcamp, we are that catalyst. We are your first round of smart capital." The Seedcamp Team

The deadline to apply is 24th April.

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FS6 is the network to join if you want to raise capital, hire teams, find a job in a startup or seek funding advice. Features a regular email newsletter on new acccelerator programs, investors and startups.

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Big Issue Invest

The social investment arm of The Big Issue helping to prevent poverty and create opportunity for communities by investing in sustainable social enterprises, charities and ventures.

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Social Investment Business

The Social Investment Business exists to raise and connect capital to achieve the maximum possible social impact in the UK. We work to provide simple finance for extraordinary charities and social enterprises in the form of loans, grants and other investment products. Click below to explore our current range of funds.

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Helping social entrepreneurs raise capital and introduces investors to investment opportunities.

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Big Lottery Funding

Every year, millions of pounds of the National Lottery's good cause money is distributed to community groups and charitable projects around the UK.

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Go Get Funding

A crowdfunding website. Launch your personal fundraising website and raise money for any cause, project or event.

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A crowdfunding website. No matter what you are raising money for, you can start right now with no fee or application process.

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A crowdfunding website. Over 40,000 people, groups, and non-profits in 20 countries have raised more than $40,000,000 with FundRazr.

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A crowdfunding website. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you.

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Unltd social enterprise funding

A range of different funding opportunities for those looking to set up a social start up.

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The arts funding and further information about funding that is available in the sector.

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Prince’s Trust

Support to apply for a low interest loan of up to £4,000 for a sole trader and up to £5,000 for a partnership to help you to start your business*. This is part of the startup loans offer.

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Funding Central

Funding Central is a free resource for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. We list thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and information supporting you to develop a sustainable income strategy.

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GRANTfinder is the UK's leading grants and policy database and includes details in excess of 8,000 funding opportunities.

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Arts Council funding

Investing money from government and the National Lottery in arts and culture across England. This funds a wide range of activities – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, crafts to collections; and helps us achieve our mission of Great art and culture for everyone.

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Start up Loans

A government funded scheme to provide advice, business loans and mentoring to startup businesses. Available to businesses yet to launch or those that have been trading for up to 12 months, although in certain circumstances this may be extended to 24 months.

Local delivery partners for the loan can be found at:

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The Partnership Foundation Fund

One-off grants for social enterprises, voluntary and community organisations to help them grow, adapt to change or merge.

Deadline: 15th June 2018

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Social enterprise funding

A list of potential funding providers for social enterprises.

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Our Advice

There are a range of funding and grants available to start-ups.

You may find that some funding available has strict criteria e.g. age, type of business or how they money can be spent.

It is important make sure the funding you are applying for is related to your business idea. Read all the guidance notes before applying and don’t forget to read the small print.

There is plenty of funding out there for entrepreneurs with well-developed business models, but double-check the terms of any accelerator funds who will ask for a share of equity in your business in return for participation.