Government scheme provides innovation grants of up to £30,000 to creative sector small businesses

Government scheme provides innovation grants of up to £30,000 to creative sector small businesses
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Tue 7th May 2024

Small businesses from the creative industries in 12 regions of England can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 from the latest round of the Department for Culture, Media & Sport's Create Growth Programme.

The scheme, which launched in 2022, is aimed at supporting businesses in these areas:

  • Greater Manchester

  • Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire

  • North East of England

  • West of England and Cornwall

  • South East Coast

  • Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Greater Lincolnshire

  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

  • Hull and East Yorkshire

  • West Midlands

  • West Yorkshire

  • Devon

  • Hertfordshire

The programme initially had a total budget of £17.5m and was targeted at six regions, but the government increased it to £28.4m and 12 regions when the creative industries sector vision was unveiled in June 2023.

Delivered by Innovate UK, a total of £3m is available in the latest round of funding for creative industries micro, small and medium sized businesses with innovative ideas.

To receive a grant, business owners must show a "focus on a clear growth opportunity and the proposed innovation to address it", as well as demonstrate the impact the funding and support will have on their business.

Eligible projects need to be UK-based, last between three and five months, start by 1 November 2024 and end by 31 March 2025.

Alongside the funding, successful applicants will also receive business support focused on helping them to scale, and build investor networks.

Applications are open here until 11am on 19 June.

Innovation loans from Innovate UK

In another funding scheme, Innovate UK is offering innovation loans of between £100,000 and £2m to micro, small and medium sized businesses across the UK.

The current round of funding is open here until 11am on 26 June.

Another round will be open from 27 June until 21 August.

Related resources

How to raise money for your start-up

Enterprise Nation's Funding Hub

Where to find grants and how to apply

How to choose the right type of funding for you

Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance content creator and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I'm also Enterprise Nation's Local Leader for Bristol. I have 20 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from famous names like Sir Richard Branson and Deborah Meaden to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I now freelance for Enterprise Nation as the website's news reporter and as the host of the Small Business sessions podcast. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community in my role as Enterprise Nation's Local Leader for Bristol. I also have strong connections with other major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 100 events including conferences with an audience of hundreds for international brands like Xero and Facebook and live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography.

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