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Sources of Funding

 

"There are different ways for your type of business to raise capital, reduce costs or spread costs. It is important to determine which options suit your business best and will allow it to grow successfully with

YOUR VISION in mind."

Personal

Savings

Using your own money to fund your business is a good way to show others that you are committed to your ideas.

Family

& Friends

The people who are close to you provide financial support because they believe in you and your ideas

Grants

Funding is awarded based on your ideas, type of business and outcomes. You do not need to pay this back.

Crowd

Funding

Sharing your ideas with many people, who make a donation based on alignment with your idea.

Bank

Loans

Borrowing money from the bank, and paying it back with interest.

Bank

Overdraft

Many authorised overdrafts do not attract fees, but you may need to meet a criteria to quality for an overdraft.

Business Credit Card

This can help with both a cash injection and cashflow.  Interest is charged on monthly outstanding balances.

Accellerators

Business hubs support you with growth finance, training, mentoring and opportunities.

Angel

Investors

High network individuals who offer finance in exchange for ownership equity/ shares in the business.

Venture Capitalists

Private investors who see major growth potential in your business. They require a return on investment.

Invoice

Finance

Rather than wait for a customer to pay your invoice, a lender can give you an advance equal to the invoice. 

Merchant Cash Advance

Using a card payment terminal, you get an advance on future sales and pay it back when customers pay you.

Using your own money to fund your business.

Finance

Lease

A finance company owns an asset and rents it to you.  You only pay for the duration that you use the asset.

Hire

Purchase

You spread the cost of an item over monthly installments. You will only own the item when you have fully paid for it. 

Asset-Based Lending

Lending is based on you owning an asset (i.e. a house). If you are unable to repay the loan, the lender takes your asset.

Commercial Mortgage

A loan secured on property that is not your residence.

Tax

Relief

Their are numerous tax relief schemes that allow you to legally reduce your tax bill and purchase assets.

Business Competitions

Financial prizes and publicity are awarded to winners for innovation, creativity or impact.

Sponsors & Donations

Finance obtained from sponsors is usually in exchange for promoting the sponsor, while donations are gifts.

Collaborative Partnerships 

Building mutually beneficial partnerships with others can share costs and attract finance from other sources. 

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ARTS, CULTURE AND HERITAGE

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Arts-Based Learning Fund

Funding:  Grant

Amount:  Unspecified

For: Arts Based-Learning

Open:  30/10/2020

Deadline:  Open

Who Can Apply:

Arts organisations working in partnership with education establishments 

Funding is available to arts organisations that are working in partnership with schools, colleges and other formal education settings. This Fund supports work that enables pupils in formal education settings, particularly those experiencing systemic inequality or disadvantage, to thrive through engagement with high quality, arts-based learning.

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Help Musicians Fund

Funding:  Grant

Amount:  £3,000

For: Music of Black Origin

Open:  Yes

Deadline:  23/11/2020 (09:00)

Who Can Apply:

18+, UK resident, You can be a solo artist, producer, songwriter or group working within any genres of music of black origin

Whether you need financial support to get into the studio, business advice to help market your new release, investment into merchandise to elevate your brand or a grant to hire your dream session musicians, the MOBO Help Musicians Fund may be able to support you.  You can apply to this fund by completing the application form or via video.

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BFI Network

Short Film Fund

Funding:  Grant

Amount: £15,000

For:  New Short Films Only

Open:  19/10/2020

Deadline:  25/01/2021

Who Can Apply:

Film directors based in the England

The fund supports projects with directors based in England and is run in partnership with the BFI NETWORK Talent Executives who work with filmmakers on the delivery of funded projects.  This fund supports the production costs of new fiction shorts, in both live-action and animation (no adaptations) that meet the funder's core values.

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BAME (BLACK ASIAN & MINORITY ETHNIC)

Funding available with particular emphasis on people who identify as Black, Asian or from minority ethnic backgrounds, as part of funders' equal opportunities strategy

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Inclusive Recovery Fund

Funding:  Grant

Amount:  £10,000 - £500,000

For: Delivery and Impact of Services  during the Coronavirus Cris

Open:  30/10/2020

Deadline:  13/11/2020   CLOSED

Who Can Apply:

Social Entrepreneurs in England

The new fund is designed to help social entrepreneurs deliver their important services and even grow their impact while adapting to the challenges presented by the Coronavirus crisis.

The fund will offer grants to asset or mission-locked ventures. It seeks ventures with ideas to accelerate their growth, build resilience and create a deep and lasting impact.

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MOBO 

Help Musicians Fund

Funding:  Grant

Amount:  £3,000

For: Financial Support for Growth and Development

Open:  Yes

Deadline:  23/11/2020 (09:00)

Who Can Apply:

18+, UK Resident, You can be a solo artist, producer, songwriter or group working within any genres of music of black origin

Whether you need financial support to get into the studio, business advice to help market your new release, investment into merchandise to elevate your brand or a grant to hire your dream session musicians, the MOBO Help Musicians Fund may be able to support you.  You can apply to this fund by completing the application form or via video.

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Comic Relief

The Global Majority Fund

Funding:  Grant

Amount: £15,000

For:  Communities Experiencing Racial Inequality

Open:  2/11/2020

Deadline:  30/11/2020

Who Can Apply:

Companies with a turnover of £75,000, willing to distribute funds in response to work with communities experiencing racial inequality

Comic Relief is proud to launch The Global Majority Fund. They need organisations willing to be responsible for making grants to other organisations focussed on addressing Covid-19 needs and priorities among communities experiencing racial inequality. 

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BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE, ELDERLY AND FAMILIES

UK Government

The Kickstart Scheme

Funding:  Grant

Amount:  £1,500 per job placement

For: Training young people for work

Open:  Yes

Deadline:  Open until further notice

Who Can Apply:

Any employer who can offer a minimum of 30 job placements to young people

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months.

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Funding:  Grant

Amount:  £50,000

For: Pushing Communities Forward

Open:  Yes

Deadline:  Ongoing

Who Can Apply:

Small UK-based charities

Every three months, Aviva's UK employees decide how the funding is distributed based on either of the following project criteria: (a.) capability and inclusion: giving people the tools to become more financially independent or (b) Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities.  

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Funding:  Grant

Amount: £15,000

For:  New Short Films Only

Open:  19/10/2020

Deadline:  x

Who Can Apply:

Film directors based in the England

The fund supports projects with directors based in England and is run in partnership with the BFI NETWORK Talent Executives who work with filmmakers on the delivery of funded projects.  This fund supports the production costs of new fiction shorts, in both live-action and animation (no adaptations) that meet the funder's cor

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT, DEVELOPMENT & COHESION

School of Social Entrepreneurs

The Community Business Trade Up Programme

Funding:  Grant

Amount:  £10,000 Trade Back Grant

For: Training & Funding

Open:  Yes

Deadline:  02/12/2020 (13:00)  

Who Can Apply:

Social Entrepreneurs in England

For projects or organisations that exist to improve a local neighbourhood, village or town.  The fund gives help to recover and rebuild income from trading and also pandemic proof your business.  This FREE support programme will give you support, a  network and funding needed to adapt, digitise and diversify your income from trading.  

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Aviva 

Aviva Community Fund

Funding:  Grant

Amount:  £50,000

For: Pushing Communities Forward

Open:  Yes

Deadline:  Ongoing

Who Can Apply:

Small UK-based charities

Every three months, Aviva's UK employees decide how the funding is distributed based on either of the following project criteria: (a.) capability and inclusion: giving people the tools to become more financially independent or (b) Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities.  

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Asda Foundation

Feeding Communities Grant

Funding:  Grant

Amount: £1,000 per grant

For:  Community Meal Providers

Open:  06/11/2020

Deadline:  06/12/2020

Who Can Apply:

School Holiday Clubs, Soup Kitchens, Homeless Centres, Community Centres

Funding is available to provide food only parcels for a family/individual), christmas hamper, school holiday clubs, soup kitchen/homeless centres, Christmas meal delivery or collection on Local, community centre providing meal deliveries.  Maximum £1,000 per grant. Per meal maximum cost £4.00 (can be lower than this). They will not contribute towards meals which cost more than £4.

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DIVERSITY, INCLUSION & EQUALITY

EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING

UK Government

The Kickstart Scheme

Funding:  Grant

Amount:  £1,500 per job placement

For: Training young people for work

Open:  Yes

Deadline:    

Who Can Apply:

Any employer who can offer a minimum of 30 job placements to young people

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months.

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Funding:  Grant

Amount:  £50,000

For: Pushing Communities Forward

Open:  Yes

Deadline:  Ongoing

Who Can Apply:

Small UK-based charities

Every three months, Aviva's UK employees decide how the funding is distributed based on either of the following project criteria: (a.) capability and inclusion: giving people the tools to become more financially independent or (b) Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities.  

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Funding:  Grant

Amount: £15,000

For:  New Short Films Only

Open:  19/10/2020

Deadline:  x

Who Can Apply:

Film directors based in the England

The fund supports projects with directors based in England and is run in partnership with the BFI NETWORK Talent Executives who work with filmmakers on the delivery of funded projects.  This fund supports the production costs of new fiction shorts, in both live-action and animation (no adaptations) that meet the funder's cor

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HEALTH AND WELLBEING

HOSPITALITY, TOURISM AND EVENTS

ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT AND TRANSPORT

UK Government

Green Homes Grant

Funding:  Grant

Amount:  £5,000

For: Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Heating Improvements   

Open:  Yes

Deadline:  Not Stated

Who Can Apply:

Landlords and homeowners

The government will provide a voucher up to £5,000 which covers up to two-thirds of the cost of energy efficiency and low carbon heat improvements to your home. There is a criteria for what can be funded.  Registration to become a Green Homes Grant Installer. or landlords/households applying for grants can click the link below. 

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Funding:  Grant

Amount:  £3,000

For: Financial Support for Growth and Development

Open:  Yes

Deadline:  23/11/2020 (09:00)

Who Can Apply:

18+, UK Resident, You can be a solo artist, producer, songwriter or group working within any genres of music of black origin

Whether you need financial support to get into the studio, business advice to help market your new release, investment into merchandise to elevate your brand or a grant to hire your dream session musicians, the MOBO Help Musicians Fund may be able to support you.  You can apply to this fund by completing the application form or via video.

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Funding:  Grant

Amount: £15,000

For:  Communities Experiencing Racial Inequality

Open:  2/11/2020

Deadline:  30/11/2020

Who Can Apply:

Companies with a turnover of £75,000, willing to distribute funds in response to work with communities experiencing racial inequality

Comic Relief is proud to launch The Global Majority Fund. They need organisations willing to be responsible for making grants to other organisations focussed on addressing Covid-19 needs and priorities among communities experiencing racial inequality. 

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HOUSING, PROPERTY, ACCOMMODATION

UK Government

Green Homes Grant

Funding:  Grant

Amount:  £5,000

For: Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Heating Improvements   

Open:  Yes

Deadline:  Not Stated

Who Can Apply:

Landlords and homeowners

The government will provide a voucher up to £5,000 which covers up to two-thirds of the cost of energy efficiency and low carbon heat improvements to your home. There is a criteria for what can be funded.  Registration to become a Green Homes Grant Installer. or landlords/households applying for grants can click the link below. 

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Funding:  Grant

Amount:  £3,000

For: Financial Support for Growth and Development

Open:  Yes

Deadline:  23/11/2020 (09:00)

Who Can Apply:

18+, UK Resident, You can be a solo artist, producer, songwriter or group working within any genres of music of black origin

Whether you need financial support to get into the studio, business advice to help market your new release, investment into merchandise to elevate your brand or a grant to hire your dream session musicians, the MOBO Help Musicians Fund may be able to support you.  You can apply to this fund by completing the application form or via video.

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Funding:  Grant

Amount: £15,000

For:  Communities Experiencing Racial Inequality

Open:  2/11/2020

Deadline:  30/11/2020

Who Can Apply:

Companies with a turnover of £75,000, willing to distribute funds in response to work with communities experiencing racial inequality

Comic Relief is proud to launch The Global Majority Fund. They need organisations willing to be responsible for making grants to other organisations focussed on addressing Covid-19 needs and priorities among communities experiencing racial inequality. 

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INNOVATION, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

INTERNATIONAL

NEIGHBOURHOOD RENEWAL AND REGENERATION

RURAL, COUNTRYSIDE AND GREEN SPACES

SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Arts-Based Learning Fund

Funding:  Grant

Amount:  £150,000 +

For: Arts Based-Learning

Open:  30/10/2020

Deadline:  Open

Who Can Apply:

Arts organisations working in partnership with education establishments 

Funding is available to arts organisations that are working in partnership with schools, colleges and other formal education settings. This Fund supports work that enables pupils in formal education settings, particularly those experiencing systemic inequality or disadvantage, to thrive through engagement with high quality, arts-based learning.

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Funding:  Grant

Amount:  £3,000

For:

Open:  Yes

Deadline:  23/11/2020 (09:00)

Who Can Apply:

18+, UK resident, You can be a solo artist, producer, songwriter or group working within any genres of music of black origin

Whether you need financial support to get into the studio, business advice to help market your new release, investment into merchandise to elevate your brand or a grant to hire your dream session musicians, the MOBO Help Musicians Fund may be able to support you.  You can apply to this fund by completing the application form or via video.

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Funding:  Grant

Amount: £15,000

For:  New Short Films Only

Open:  19/10/2020

Deadline:  25/01/2021

Who Can Apply:

Film directors based in the England

The fund supports projects with directors based in England and is run in partnership with the BFI NETWORK Talent Executives who work with filmmakers on the delivery of funded projects.  This fund supports the production costs of new fiction shorts, in both live-action and animation (no adaptations) that meet the funder's core values.

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SPORTS AND LEISURE

British Cycling Foundation

Places to Ride Fund

Funding:  Grant

Amount:  £50,000 - £500,000

For: Cycling Equipment & Facilities

Open:  Yes

Deadline:  January 2021

Who Can Apply:

Organisations that develop cycling activities in their community 

Funding can be used for anything from equipment packages to activate your local space, through to a brand-new cycling facility.  Large scale grants (£50,000 to £500,000) are for new facilities or improvements to existing venues. Small scale grants (£1000 to £50,000) are for equipment, cycle storage, small facilities/ venue improvements. 

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Funding:  Grant

Amount:  £3,000

For:

Open:  Yes

Deadline:  23/11/2020 (09:00)

Who Can Apply:

18+, UK resident, You can be a solo artist, producer, songwriter or group 

Whether you need financial support to get into the studio, business advice to help market your new release, investment into merchandise to elevate your brand or a grant to hire your dream session musicians, the MOBO Help Musicians Fund may be able to support you.  You can apply to this fund by completing the application form or via video.

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Funding:  Grant

Amount: £15,000

For:  New Short Films Only

Open:  19/10/2020

Deadline:  25/01/2021

Who Can Apply:

Film directors based in the England

The fund supports projects with directors based in England and is run in partnership with the BFI NETWORK Talent Executives who work with filmmakers on the delivery of funded projects.  This fund supports the production costs of new fiction shorts, in both live-action and animation (no adaptations) that meet the funder's core values.

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TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION

The Fat Beehive

Funding Programme

Funding:  Grant

Amount:  £2,500

For: Website & Digital Products that are hard to fund

Open:  Yes

Deadline:  Ongoing  

Who Can Apply:

Social Entrepreneurs in England

The Fat Beehive Foundation is an independent UK registered charity that provides small grants for websites and digital products to other small UK registered charities.  They focus purely on hard-to-fund digital expenditure that other funders will often not cover.

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Europen Union 

Horizon 2020 Fund

Funding:  Grant

Amount:  varied

For: The Feasibility of New Knowledge or Technology

Open:  Yes

Deadline: Ongoing

Who Can Apply:

Innovative UK-based business willing to collaboration with other organisations.

UK businesses can still apply to this EU fund (post Brexit).  You can apply for funding for projects that establish or explore the feasibility of new knowledge or technology and you can get funding for up to 100% of your project’s direct costs such as, testing, prototyping, demonstrating, piloting, market replication etc.

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Innovate UK

Robotics for a more resilient future R&D strand

Funding:  Grant

Amount: £75,000 - £500,000

For:  Robotic Solutions (various industries - see specification below)

Open:  19/10/2020

Deadline:  20/11/2020

Who Can Apply:

UK registered businesses, academic institutionss, charities, not-for-profit, public sector organisations, research organisations or research and technology organisations 

Innovate UK are looking for robotic solutions that exploit business opportunities in areas such as, but not exclusively: healthcare, logistics, warehousing and transportation agriculture and food production, construction, general-purpose’ remote working robotics, robotics that can contribute towards the UK’s net-zero greenhouse gas commitment.

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