Our directory of various funding sources.

Rainbow Seed Fund

The Rainbow Seed Fund is a £24m early-stage venture capital fund building and growing technology companies stemming from the UK’s research base. We help build companies from great science developed in: public laboratories, science and technology campuses and synthetic biology. We hold investments in some of the UK’s most innovative companies, in areas as diverse […]

Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF)

The Fund The Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF) is a venture capital fund which makes early-stage investments as equity or convertible loan between £25k and £750k alongside co-investors. Watch our video to find out more: The companies we can invest in must be small or medium enterprises (SMEs) based within the East of England that […]

Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency We work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. Who we are We’re an organisation of around 300 staff, drawn mainly from business. We work across the UK, with a head office in Swindon. […]

Newton Fund

The Newton Fund aims to promote the economic development and social welfare of either the partner countries or, through working with the partner country, to address the well being of communities. It will do so through strengthening partner country science and innovation capacity and unlocking further funding to support this work. It is part of the UK’s official […]

The Henry Plumb Foundation

We help young people to realise their dream of finding a future career in the farming and food industry. Started by Lord Henry Plumb, the Henry Plumb foundation provides financial backing and support for those with ideas, enthusiasm and a wish to get ahead. As part of the programme, we also match candidates with an […]

Agri-Tech Catalyst

The £70m ‘Agri-Tech Catalyst‘ funding scheme has been launched to help businesses and researchers develop innovative solutions to global challenges in the agricultural technology (‘agri-tech’) sector. About the Competition The Agri-Tech Catalyst offers funding for collaborative projects, taking innovative ideas from any sector or discipline with the potential to provide an economic boost to the UK agri-tech industry, […]


We are one of seven Research Councils that work together as Research Councils UK (RCUK). We are funded by the Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Our budget for 2014-2015 is £509M. We support around 1600 scientists and 2000 research students in universities and institutes across the UK. For more information, please visit; […]

Countryside Productivity Scheme

Farmers, woodland owners and forestry contractors can apply for grants under the Countryside Productivity Scheme. The Countryside Productivity Scheme is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). It’s administered by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).

The Cotswolds LEADER Programme

The acronym ‘LEADER’ derives from the French words “Liaison Entre Actions de Développement de l’Économique Rurale” which means, ‘Links between the rural economy and development actions’.  What separates it from other funding programmes is that it is delivered locally rather than nationally, with decisions on how and where the grant money is spent being made by an […]

Rural Development Programme for England: LEADER funding

LEADER funding is available to local businesses, communities, farmers, foresters and land managers. Find out how to apply for funding through Local Action Groups (LAGs). You can apply to your Local Action Group (LAG) for funding for projects that create jobs, help your business to grow, and benefit the rural economy, under the LEADER scheme. […]