Section: Digital

Here you will find a brief overview of funding opportunities potentially relevant to social enterprises only.

Direct weblinks to these are located in the ‘Resources’ section at the end of this article.

By Design

Scottish Enterprise can offer funding to small to medium-sized businesses or social enterprises based in Scotland to support the design of a new product or service.


SMART: Scotland

This grant is appropriate for SMEs looking at technological innovation in general. It funds technical feasibility studies and research and development (R&D) projects that have a commercial endpoint.


R&D Grant

Through this grant, Scottish Enterprise can fund the Research & Development stage for Scottish businesses and social enterprises looking at developing new products, processes and services to improve company competitiveness and to benefit the Scottish economy.



Innovation Vouchers scheme

The Innovation Vouchers Scheme finances the academic component of projects only, with social enterprises being required to contribute equivalent in an equal value in cash or in kind (such as staff time, materials or equipment) or a combination of both. The Scheme aims to aid and encourage businesses collaborating with Scotland’s universities or further education colleges to develop new products, services and processes through R&D projects.

  • Funding programmes: various Innovation Vouchers (this link will take you away from our website)
  • Organisation providing the funding: Scottish Funding Council / Interface
  • Period the funding runs for: Ongoing for Standard and Student Innovation vouchers. Application dates for Follow-on Innovation vouchers: 17 August 2018, 5th October 2018, 23rd November 2018, 18th January 2019, 8th March 2019, 26th April 2019, 7th June 2019, 19th July 2019
  • Funding range: £1,000 – £20,000


Horizon 2020 SME Engagement Scheme

This fund aims to encourage Scottish SMEs and academics to engage more effectively with European Funding by scoping and defining an opportunity for applications for the €70 billion Horizon 2020 European Funding programme. As above, it finances academic component only. Social enterprise must contribute equivalent in an equal value in cash or in kind (such as staff time, materials or equipment) or a combination of both.



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