Grants and vouchers

An overview of the available grant funding, as well as non-grant products that can also support your business.

Check out the Better Business Finance finder and the Government’s comprehensive database of finance available, both good sources of support.

Local Grants and Vouchers

LEADER funding

Grants worth up to £50,000 are available to small and medium-sized rural businesses in the Chilterns and Clay Vales areas of Buckinghamshire and up to £100,000 in parts of Northamptonshire. Grants are available to help small and medium sized rural businesses to grow, for farmers wishing to diversify, and to help and support tourism projects, community groups, foresters and other rural enterprises.

Aylesbury Vale Golden Welcome Grant

The Golden Welcome Grant scheme has been established by Aylesbury Vale District Council to attract investment into the Vale, create sustainable local employment and strengthen local supply chains and connectivity.

Up to £25,000 is available for businesses relocating to the Vale who intent to bring at least 20 jobs to the Vale within 18 months of establishing a base there.

National Grants and Vouchers

Innovate UK

This government innovation agency offers a range of grants for businesses of all sizes. These are available through competition calls. Check the website regularly for open competitions.

Since 2007 Innovate UK has invested over £1.5 billion in innovation, matched by a further £1.5 billion in partner and business funding, helping more than 5,000 innovative companies in projects estimated to add £7.5 billion to the UK economy and create 35,000 extra new jobs.

You can sign up for newsletters from Innovate UK here.

Low Carbon Funding Landscape Navigator

The Low Carbon Funding Landscape Navigator, provided by the Energy Knowledge Transfer Network, takes users through the low carbon energy funding landscape, providing guidance on public and private funding bodies and support mechanisms for UK low carbon energy projects. You can search by key word and technology type to find funding that suits you.

Plug-in Car and Van grants

You can get a grant towards the cost of each new electric (plug-in) car or van you buy, if it meets certain conditions.

Grants are available for:

  • 35% off the cost of a car, up to a maximum of £5,000
  • 20% off the cost of a van, up to a maximum of £8,000

As of 1 March 2016, these grant rates have changed.

Grants are also available to limit the costs of charging electric vehicles.

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Research Grants

STFC provides research grant funding to UK Higher Education Institutions and other eligible research organisations for research in the fields of astronomy, particle physics and nuclear physics, and for associated technology development, research infrastructure and knowledge exchange.

Department for International Trade Export Finance

Department for International Trade Export Finance provides insurance to UK exporters and guarantees to banks to share the risks of providing export finance. In addition, they can make loans to overseas buyers of goods and services from the UK.

Funding for charities and social enterprises

Transform Foundation

These are grants for charities to enable them to embrace and make the most of digital. Grants of up to £18,000 are available to charities to build a great web presence, with costs for strategy, design and development all covered by the grant.

Heritage Lottery Fund

Grants from £3,000 are available for all kinds of projects, as long as they make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities.

Take a look at all the grant programmes on offer from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which has awarded £6.8 billion to over 39,000 projects since 1994.