Creative small businesses with ambitions to grow encouraged to apply for £50,000 grants

Creative small businesses with ambitions to grow encouraged to apply for £50,000 grants
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Thu 8th Feb 2024

Micro and small businesses in the creative industries that are looking to grow are encouraged to apply for grants of up to £50,000.

The funding is part of Innovate UK's Creative Catalyst programme, a £30m scheme which aims to "support the growth of untapped innovative businesses and to increase investment in creative talent". A total of £10m is available in the latest round of grants.

To apply, you need to be running a micro or small business that has not previously received funding from Innovate UK and be from or support the creative industries sector.

The sector is defined as businesses in the following categories:

  • advertising and marketing

  • animation

  • architecture

  • arts and culture

  • crafts

  • design

  • fashion

  • film, TV and video

  • games

  • publishing

  • music and radio

  • visual art and photography

In addition, the project you are seeking funding for must:

  • have total project costs and grant funding request of no more than £50,000

  • start between 1 August 2024 and 1 October 2024

  • end by 31 March 2025

  • last between three and six months

As well as the funding, successful applicants also receive support including access to investors and other experts.

Applications close at 11am on 6 March. You can see full details and apply here.

You can also watch a recorded webinar here and join an online grant writing workshop on 28 February at 10.30am.

Last month, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), of which Innovate UK is part, pledged to halve the average time it takes companies to go from application to receiving grant funding.

Relevant resources

Webinar: How to find and apply for government grants

Small business grants: Where to find them and how to apply

How to choose the right type of funding for your business

Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance journalist and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I'm also Enterprise Nation's news reporter and Bristol Local Leader. 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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