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Finance and support for your business

Find government-backed support and finance for business, including:


– Grants

– Finance and loans

– Business support eg mentoring, consultancy

– Funding for small and medium-sized businesses and start-ups

– Customise your search by location, size and activity.


For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support-finder



The Smart scheme tackles the funding gap often experienced by many small and early-stage companies with innovative ideas and high growth ambition and potential.

For more information visit: https://www.innovateuk.org/-/smart

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CrowdPatch is about much more than fundraising. CrowdPatch is about patching together communities of people with shared interests. CrowdPatch threads donation crowdfunding together with their  social networking community’s patches of interest. – local – business & entrepreneurship – arts, film & writing – social causes & charities – science, technology & IT.

For more information visit: http://crowdpatch.co.uk/canterbury-and-whitstable/

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Kent Cultural Strategy

The Cultural Strategy for Kent 2010 – 2015 has been devised by Kent and Medway partners to promote a shared understanding of how the county’s cultural offer can enhance the lives of people who live in Kent; to demonstrate how culture can be used to strengthen the individual, collective and economic wellbeing of the county and to set out intentions and actions to deliver those intentions for the next 5 years.

Kent Cultural Strategy Challenge Fund

Applicants may apply for up to £5,000 to support activity that delivers against the strategic priorities identified for the remainder of the life of Unlocking Kent’s Cultural Potential:

Priority A: Creative Places
Priority B: Strategic Commissioning
Priority C: Creative Education, Entrepreneurialism & Skills
Priority D: Connecting & Collaborating

To Apply:

Please submit a proposal that includes:
a) What the project is (max. 200 words)
b) Which of the strategic priorities it meets and how it will deliver against them (max. 200 words)
c) An outline budget to identify income and expenditure and clearly indicate the source of the 100% match funding that is required, and whether this is confirmed or predicted.

Keeping within the word counts listed above, your proposal must show how it meets the following criteria:
a) Artistic and Creative Excellence – we can only consider work that is of the highest quality.
b) Public Benefit – we will look for evidence of how your project will be developed and promoted, to make quality arts activity accessible to as wide a range of people as possible.
c) Viability & Value for Money – we will look for evidence that project delivery is clearly planned, can be delivered within the capability of your organisation, and does not duplicate other provision in the area. We will look for evidence that the budget is realistic in relation to your proposals and that costs are reasonable.

For more information visit this link.

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Magnox Socio-economic scheme

Magnox is committed to providing and enabling socio-economic support for the communities in which it operates. Their community investment is supported by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and EnergySolutions.

To find out more visit: https://magnoxsocioeconomic.com/


Finance Finder

Are you an ambitious company that is frustrated in trying to find the finance you need to grow?

Finance Finder will provide you with a bespoke report that analyses over 1000 funders matching your business with sources of funding tailored to your situation and needs. Starting with Finance Finder can save valuable time and focus the search. It is then reviewed by one of our experienced coaches who will give you feedback on the options identified.

For more information call 08457 226655 or email alex.ledger@bsk-cic.co.uk.

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Tell people what you are doing, how they can help and what unique perks they’ll get for becoming contributors. You keep 100% ownership of your campaign and you don’t owe a cent until you raise money.

Find out more: https://www.indiegogo.com/

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Funding Central

Database of grants and funding available to the voluntary and community sector including social enterprise.

Visit: http://www.fundingcentral.org.uk/search.aspx

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Kent 4 Community – KCC

Search for government, Lottery or trust funding which may be relevant to your community or voluntary organisation.

For more information visit: http://www.idoxopen4community.co.uk/kent/


Technology Strategy Board

They offer support and funding to help business develop new products and services – and bring them closer to market.

For more information visit: https://www.innovateuk.org/