Show me the money! The A-Z of finding funding for your business (part five)

Show me the money! The A-Z of finding funding for your business (part five)
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Posted: Tue 20th Jun 2017

Every month this year we're profiling the many sources of finance for your business. Part one is here, part two is here, part three is here, part four is here and part five is below.

If you can't wait for the remaining parts, download the full 19 page A-Z guide to funding here.

Attend events in Birmingham on 21 June, London on 28 June and Bristol on 27 September and meet lots of funders with money on offer! The events cost just £10 for non-members or free for members. Find out more here.


Foundations such as The Young Foundation and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation offer funds to businesses, social entrepreneurs and charities.

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation offers funding across four main sectors; arts, children and young people, environment and social change as well as through a food funding strand. It says: "across all our funding we aim to unlock and enable potential, back the unorthodox and unfashionable, build collective networks and catalyse system change."

The Ventures arm of The Young Foundation provides support and finance to entrepreneurs running social ventures.

These and other foundations often direct funds via partners, for example the recent Esmee Fairbairn Foundation contribution of £200,000 to crowdfunding platform, Spacehive.

Be connected to your industry or local business networks to identify foundations to suit your venture.

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Look for grants available in your area or for your industry/trade via the government's 'Business finance and support finder.'

Funding Central also lists available grants and is free to usefor organisations with a turnover of less than £100,000 per annum, with charges thereafter.

Approach your local Enterprise Agency as they may be the administrator of local grant schemes. Find your agency by visiting the National Enterprise Network website.

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Industry bodies

Depending on your sector, there could be funds available for specific purposes and projects.

As examples, the British Fashion Council's NEWGEN programme supports young fashion designers with costs towards showing their collection, Creative England invests to back the games industry, Arts Council supports arts and culture with grants and funding, and BFI supports "the production, development and completion of feature films which fairly reflect people from different backgrounds" via its film fund.

Find out the name of your industry body, sign up to their newsletters and watch out for funding coming online!

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Non-members can sign up to the events below to meet up to 15 different funders for just £10.

If you're an Enterprise Nation member, you can attend the events for free! Sign in to your Enterprise Nation account and go to the events page where your discount will automatically be applied.

Birmingham, 21 June, 6pm - 8pm

London, 28 June, 6pm - 8pm

Bristol, 27 September, 6pm - 8pm

The Show me the money! campaign is supported by:

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