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24 October 2021

Funding Information

Sources of UK funding, grants, training and support


British Business Bank

A UK government-owned business development bank dedicated to making finance markets work better for smaller businesses.

Creative England has partnered with the British Business Bank's Start Up Loans scheme to unlock new and important investment opportunities for people working across the creative industry in the UK.

Whether you're a graduate brimming with motivation and ideas, working as a freelancer, or have started a business in the last two years, Start Up Loans can help you develop your creative pursuit.

For more information, see the Creative England website.


Tradeshow Access Programme (book fairs)

The TAP Programme of grants for access to book fairs is administered by the Publishers Association on behalf of the Department for International Trade. For details of eligibility and to apply, see the Publishers Association website


Young Audiences Content Fund

The Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF) was launched in April 2019 and is administered by the British Film Institute (BFI) to support the creation of distinctive, high-quality television content for audiences up to the age of 18. Jackie Edwards, Head of the YACF, told The Bookseller that they wanted all types of live action programmes and this could provide opportunities for book-to-screen adaptations. See Charlotte Eyre The Bookseller 5 June 2019.


Big Lottery Fund

Every year, the Big Lottery Fund distributes millions of pounds of the National Lottery's good cause money to community groups and charitable projects around the UK.



GrantNav is a free-to-use platform that brings together open, comparable grants data published using the 360Giving Standard. GrantNav makes it easy for people to search, explore and download the detail of who, where and how much for thousands of grants given by a wide range of UK grantmakers.