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Up to £5,000 of start-up funding for individuals with a business idea that addresses a social, environmental, and/or community issue.

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Social Entrepreneurs Fund – Start It

 

This fund is currently paused. If you are at the early stages of setting up you can get support through Just Enterprise.

Up to £5,000 of start-up funding for individuals with a business idea that addresses a social, environmental, and/or community issue.

Who for?

Individuals who have a business idea that addresses a social, environmental, and/or community issue.

What do I get?

Up to £5,000 towards the start-up costs of your social enterprise idea.

Where do I apply?

This fund is currently closed. You can still register for 1:1 advice through Just Enterprise.

Funding Details

What is the Funding for?

A Start It award can help you pay for start-up costs. The kinds of costs we can cover are quite wide-ranging; typical examples include:

  • Legal fees for setting up a legal entity for the enterprise, and/or registration as a charity or Community Interest Company
  • Rent
  • Website, branding, logo design and marketing materials
  • Stationery
  • Insurances

Who can apply? 

You can apply for Start it if you have an idea for a social enterprise but need some funding to get it up and running. The idea should be new, not a continuation of something already existing.

You must also meet our eligibility criteria, which can be found on the first page of the application form.


How we assess your application 

On receiving your application and if your idea is eligible, we will contact you within 2-4 weeks to undertake an assessment. This informal assessment occurs over the phone or in person and provides you another opportunity to tell us about your idea, motivation, and plans.

After the assessment, your idea goes to an independent panel who make the funding decisions. We aim to get back to you within 12-14 weeks of the date you submitted your application. 

During very busy periods or when there are spikes in demand, it may take us a bit longer to give you a decision.


Funding priorities

Anyone can benefit from our Start It funding and we assess each application on its individual merits. However, we will prioritise applications from individuals who have never had an award from us before.

Check out our Success Studies for examples of enterprises that we have supported. 


Have a question? 

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions. If you can’t find the answer you are looking for, get in touch via our Contact Us page, by phone or use our LiveChat feature.


Downloads

  • Eco system map

    A map to help you navigate the social enterprise ecosystem

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Previous winners of Start It funding

  • Scotland’s first social enterprise lettings agency receives £2.4 million from the National Lottery to expand UK-wide
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