Funding Sources

This is a selection of more popular funding options not an exhaustive list for all sectors. A wider list is available at www.mygov.scot/funding-opportunities/. Valuable free advice, mentoring and training rather than direct funding is also available (e.g. from Business Gateway and Scottish Enterprise. All information is correct from programme websites at time of publication (July 2017). No responsibility is accepted for errors in external funding information sources.

Business Loans Scotland

Offers gap loan funding of up to £100k to SMEs within the area of participating Scottish local authorities (including Perth & Kinross). Funding level cannot exceed 50% of the overall funding package for the project proposed.

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Tayside Business Development Grant

Grant support to help with the costs of employing expert help e.g. for business planning, marketing advice etc

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The Pitch – for innovative small companies

An annual competition which aims to find the UK’s most exciting and innovative small companies.

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Tasgadh – Small Grants for Traditional Arts Scotland

New Entrants Start-Up Grant Scheme (Scotland) is provided by the Scottish Government Rural Payments and Services. The scheme aims to contribute towards an increase in the number of young entrepreneurs who farm and build profitable, innovative businesses that respond to the industry’s changing economic environment. Grants of up to circa £12.5k. Contact: http://www.feisean.org/en/tasgadh/ Timeline: 3

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Agriculture – New Entrant Start-up Grant Scheme (Scotland)

New Entrants Start-Up Grant Scheme (Scotland) is provided by the Scottish Government Rural Payments and Services

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Interface-Start-up or Growth

Business to University research and development funding to help with prototype development, upscaling challenges, testing and market feasibility.

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LEADER (Perth & Kinross)

LEADER is a rural development programme which aims to support individuals, organisations and communities in rural Perth and Kinross.

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Regional Selective Assistance (RSA)

Businesses in Perth & Kinross may be eligible for RSA if their investment will create or safeguard jobs while also serving more than just the local market.

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Food Processing, Marketing and Cooperation (FPMC)

Start-up or development grants for food processing facilities, equipment, marketing and efficiency projects. Level of grant depends on level of eligible primary agricultural content and output. https://www.ruralpayments.org/publicsite/futures/topics/all-schemes/food-processing–marketing-and-co-operation/

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The Angel’s Share

The Angel’s Share in Perth & Kinross aims to find the best possible match for both the business and the investor.

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Princes Youth Business Trust Scotland

Programmes for disadvantaged youth from 18-30 including…

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DSL Business Finance

DSL is a Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI), a member of the Community Development Finance Association and the European Microfinance Network. It provides business start-up and growth loans for small businesses and social enterprises that can’t access funding from banks and other traditional sources. Includes delivery of the Scottish Micro Finance Fund loan scheme which

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Lending Crowd

Scotland’s leading peer to business crowd funding organisation. Contact: http://www.lendingcrowd.com.

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Funding Circle

This fund can invest alongside private sector investors on equal terms, up to a maximum of 50% of the total funding package on a commercial basis. We can provide from £10,000 up to £2 million, as part of a total deal size ranging from £20,000 to £10 million. The fund is primarily equity-based (Scottish Enterprise

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Scottish Venture Fund

This fund can invest alongside private sector investors on equal terms, up to a maximum of 50% of the total funding package on a commercial basis. We can provide from £10,000 up to £2 million, as part of a total deal size ranging from £20,000 to £10 million. The fund is primarily equity-based (Scottish Enterprise

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The Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

This is a guarantee scheme, which comes from a bank but where the government will underwrite 75% of the loan value, increasing the chance of a business securing a bank loan even if it doesn’t have the collateral normally required.

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Scottish Co-Investment Fund (SCF)

SCF offers equity finance from £100k to £1million to share the risk with the lead partner in a project which seeks to make a step change in a business toward expansive growth in new markets and/or products. Contact: http://www.scottish-enterprise.com/services/attract-investment/scottish-coinvestment-fund/scif-overview  

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ScotEDGE

A new fund that enables collaboration between businesses and arts and heritage organisations based in Scotland.

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Zero Waste Scotland

A range of grant and loan schemes plus advice for SMEs to build a zero and circular waste economy

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Co-operative Loan Fund

Loans from £10k to £85k are available to assist the start-up and development of co-operative enterprises in the UK.

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Local Energy Scotland

Funding for business and communities for more efficient energy systems

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Energy Saving Trust Low Carbon Transport Loan

Interest free loans from £500 to £50k for low carbon transport solutions.

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R&D Tax Relief Credits from HMRC

Tax relief (of up to 26%) for qualifying R&D work that companies undertake to improve their products, processes and services that does not involve simply the application of readily available or deducible solutions.

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