Funding for Business

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Funding for Business

Starting up costs money. You may need to buy tools, products, promotional material, cover living expenses...funding can come from various sources including personal savings, bank loans and government grants. Different types of funding are explained in the following Cobra's A Summary of Sources of Finance for Starting a Business​



Funding opportunities​​ - Search for business funding, grant and loan options available in Scotland.​​
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Government schemes finance finder 
Find government-backed support and finance for business and self-employment.





Funding Scotland
Find fund​ing opportunties from Governm​​​ent, Lottery and trusts as well as Guidance and Information to help you prepare for, secure and manage external funding.




DSL Business Finance
DSL is a not for profit company that provides business guidance and loans to startup and growth companies










 The Department for Work and Pensions provides extra help to unemployed people who want to start their own business, through the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA).

If a new business needs start-up capital, they may also be able to access a loan of up to £1,000 to help with their start-up costs. In Scotland this is through GLE 








Formerly The Prince's Scottish Youth Business trust (PSYBT), Youth Business Scotland is Scotland’s leading charity in providing essential finance and professional support to 18-25 year olds in Scotland, to run their own business.

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The Directory of Social Change (DSC) is an indepe​ndent Charity which provides essential information and training to the Voluntary sector to enable charities to achieve their mission. The library subscribes to 2 of thier databases:

Contains details of grant givers who provide funding for individuals, as opposed to funding for projects or groups of people. Funds are available for welfare and education.​



All the information you need to make applications to the trusts most likely to fund your cause and increase your fundraising success. is the first choice for fundraisers and the best-selling trustfunding resource.​

Av​ailable in the Mitchell Library 


The Grameen Scotland Foundation can provide loans of initially up to £1000 to help start or expand your business. Click here​ to learn more.


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