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24 February 2019

Scottish Funds

Sources of funding in Scotland

These funds are open to creative businesses including publishers.

 

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is a source of investment in the arts and creative industries.  The main way to access investment is through one of the Funding Programmes. You can also look for other opportunities on the Creative Scotland Opportunities page.

 

Scottish Growth Scheme

The Scottish Growth Scheme is a £500 million package of financial support for Scottish businesses. It's backed by the Scottish Government and aims to help businesses grow. This funding will be provided through a series of initiatives which businesses can access for investment. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Scotland can apply for:

  • microfinance loans of up to £25,000
  • debt or loan finance of up to £100,000
  • equity finance of up to £2 million

This funding comes from the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund.

 

Scottish Enterprise

Some of its most popular funds including By Design and Make it to Market are listed on the Scottish Enterprise website. The IP Audit Fund is also particularly relevant for publishers.

 

Culture and Business Fund Scotland

This is a match funding scheme for arts and culture organisations that have attracted business funds or sponsorship for work. See the Arts and Business website.

 

Digital Development Loan

Scottish limited companies, sole traders and partnerships who have been trading for more than 6 months are eligible to apply for a Digital Development Loan (created by the Scottish Government to provide loans to those looking to improve their digital capabilities).  Interest free, unsecured business loans from £5,000 to £50,000 are available with up to 5 years repayment. To check eligibility and to apply, see the Digital Development Loan website

 

Funding Scotland

Information on over 1200 funds (from small grants to funding for big capital projects) which support Scottish projects. Find funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise using its free online search engine.

 

Other grants and funding sources 

Internship funding for Robertson Trust Scholars

The Robertson Trust (Scotland's largest private charitable trust) is looking for businesses to help extend its internship programmes for its bursary scholars. Presently, two programmes are offered. Undergraduate: Current 3rd year bursary scholars can take an 8-week paid summer internship before starting their 4th year. The Robertson Trust will fully fund this internship at £910 per month with no cost to the employer. Graduate: In partnership with Santander Bank, the Trust offers its graduates a 3-month paid internship with an employer matched as closely as possible to their career interests. This often acts as a stepping-stone into permanent employment. There are full details in the information pack on The Robertson Trust website. The internship programmes were featured in an article in The Scotsman of Wednesday 18 November 2015.  

 

Business support from universities

INTERFACE

Interface is a matchmaking service connecting businesses quickly and easily to world class expertise, knowledge and research facilities available in all Scotland's universities and research institutes. Interface's free and impartial service stimulates innovation and encourages companies to consider academic support to help solve their business challenges. Open to all, regardless of sector or geographical location, Interface proves that collaborating with academic partners brings significant business benefits. If you have a technical problem or need to develop your business, Interface will help you access the knowledge and facilities available. Contact Louise Arnold of Interface for more information.

Interface administers a number of funding schemes to offset the cost of collaborating with Scotland's universities and research institutions enabling them to develop new products and processes through R&D projects.