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One of the most regular questions that we are asked is "what grants are available for new business start-ups?" and the truthful answer is that there are not as many as you would think.

However, as a grant does not need to be paid back, it is well worth spending a little bit of time to find out whether there is anything that you can claim.

As you will discover, the business grants that do exist generally come with certain conditions. These will not be interest rates or repayment schedules but are far more likely to be related to what type of business you are starting, where you are going to be located and whether you are going to create any new jobs.

How to find and apply for a grant

Before you begin searching for grants, clearly define your business's needs. Are you looking to launch a new product, expand operations, conduct research, or foster innovation? Different grants cater to various business aspects, so pinpoint your requirements to narrow down your search.

Starting or expanding a business often requires a substantial financial investment. While traditional methods of funding like loans and personal savings remain popular options, another avenue worth exploring is business grants.

Where to look

Business grants, where available, are funds provided by various organisations, including government agencies, private foundations, and corporations, to support entrepreneurs and businesses but don't forget that they are also designed to help them achieve their own objectives. A list of places to look can be found lower down the page.

How to win a grant
Thoroughly Read the Guidelines:
Each grant will have specific guidelines and eligibility criteria. Carefully read through these requirements and ensure your business qualifies before investing time in the application.
Prepare Required Documents:
Gather all necessary documents before starting the application process. Common requirements include a business plan, financial projections, details of key team members, and a clear description of how the grant will be used.
Craft a Compelling Narrative:
Your application should tell a compelling story about your business and its potential impact. Clearly communicate your business's mission, objectives, and how the grant will add value.
Demonstrate Alignment:
Showcase how your business aligns with the goals and objectives of the grant provider. Highlight the ways in which your venture contributes to economic development, job creation, or innovation.
Financial Clarity:
Provide a transparent and realistic budget detailing how you intend to utilise the grant funds. Demonstrating a clear financial plan increases your credibility and chances of approval.
Attention to Detail:
Pay close attention to formatting, grammar, and presentation. A well-organised and error-free application reflects your professionalism and dedication.
Letters of Support:
Obtain letters of support from industry experts, partners, or customers. These letters can bolster your application by providing third-party validation of your business's potential
Submit Early:
Don't wait until the last minute to submit your application. Technical glitches or unforeseen circumstances can arise. Submitting early gives you time to address any issues that might arise.

Applying for business grants is a competitive process, and rejection is a possibility. However, don't be discouraged by setbacks. Use any feedback you receive to improve future applications. Persistence and refinement are key to eventually securing the funding your business needs.

Sources of Help Finding Grants

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Marlborough Grants

The Enterprise Network
The Enterprise Network in Swindon and Wilshires website has a page highlighting the grants that are available across the county.
How to find government grants
HM Government's site contains a section dedicated to the finding of grants. This allows you to view a list of government grants that are currently available and a step-by-step process helps to narrow the options down to the grants that best suit you and your business.
SWEF Business Grants
Are you 18 -30 and self employed, running a business or thinking of starting one? Wiltshire Community Foundation is working in partnership with the SWEF to provide grants of 2,000 to young people in Wiltshire and Swindon who are, self-employed, running a business or thinking of starting one in the next 6 months. As part of the programme there is the opportunity to join a network of peers who are also in the early stage of starting their business to share ideas, experiences and learn. To be eligible to apply individuals need to be: aged 18 to 30 living in Wiltshire or Swindon planning to start their business within the next 6 months or if they are already running one have been trading for no more than 2 years. Grants can be used towards capital items and running costs such as stock, equipment or materials, rent or business-related bills Our application process is simple and straightforward, and many previous applicants have told us that it helped sharpen their business plans and gave them the confidence to succeed. For further details and to apply visit our website If you have any further questions please contact us on 01380 738985.
Swindon and Wiltshire SME Growth Programme
The programme will provide you with upto 12 hours of support to ensure that you have the skills and knowledge to successfully grow and develop your business. From providing you with the skills to market your business and create robust financial plans, applying for a start-up loan, or accessing tailored business advice, working closely with our growth advisers will give you the head start that you need. There are also grants available of between £2,000 and £10,000 available to businesses on this programme.
Community Investment Fund
The Community Enterprise Fund (CEF) supports community organisations in England and Wales with funding packages of blended loan and grant fund of up to 25k. The emphasis of the fund is impact in the community. You must have been trading for at least one year and operate for the good of your local community. this is part funded by the ASADA Foundation. For more information visit the SIB website or contact

Local partners

We are happy to promote anyone who is prepared to offer friendly support to local start-ups.

Our local partners have been kind enough to help us and are keen to help you too.

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