Start It Scotland award

Start It Scotland award

A Start It Scotland award is designed to help new social entrepreneurs pay for start-up costs.

These costs can vary, but typical examples include: 

  • Legal fees for incorporation and/or registration as a charity or community interest company 
  • Rent (if premises have been identified) 
  • Website, branding, logo design and marketing materials 
  • Insurance and accountancy services 
  • Equipment 

Eligibility requirements

Applications must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • The applicant is aged 16 or over
  • The applicant is a permanent resident of Scotland
  • The enterprise operates primarily for the benefit of people or communities within Scotland
  • The enterprise and its activities do not involve political campaigning or the advancement of religion
  • The enterprise is an independent organisation and not the project or subsidiary of an existing body
  • The enterprise aims to provide direct social impact to individuals, communities and/or the environment
  • The enterprise is in the early stages of development – that is, in the idea or start-up phase – and has not begun trading on a regular basis
  • The idea does not form part of the applicant’s current employment
  • If the enterprise requires premises to start trading, the applicant must have identified a property and be able to confirm an agreement in principle
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