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Build It

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What does this involve?

The Build It award is for individuals in Scotland who have tried and tested an idea for a social enterprise and want to turn it into their full-time job. It offers up to £25,000 in funding.

You can use the funding for various purposes. For example, you can apply for:

  • up to £20,000 for a single salary, and a further £5,000 for other essential costs
  • up to £25,000 to be split between 2 or more salaries

There's a new application deadline each quarter, and a set date for shortlisted applicants to present their pitch to a panel. The Firstport website lists the dates for the next deadline and pitching panel.

Am I eligible?

This service is available to applicants aged 16 or over who are permanent residents of Scotland.

Your enterprise is eligible if it:

  • operates primarily for the benefit of people or communities in Scotland
  • does not involve political campaigning or the promotion of religion
  • is an independent organisation and not the project or subsidiary of an existing body
  • will have direct social impact on individuals, communities or the environment
  • has been trading for 2 years or less
  • has already demonstrated it can generate income and have social impact
  • reinvests any profits back into the business and its social aims

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Social entrepreneurs in Scotland who have tested a social enterprise idea and want to make it their full-time career.

How long does this take?

There's a new application deadline each quarter. After the deadline, you'll be notified within 2 to 3 weeks if you have been shortlisted.

If you've been shortlisted, you'll need to attend 2 preparatory sessions over Zoom before you present your pitch to the panel on the designated day.

After your pitch, you'll normally get a decision within a few days.

Visit the Firstport website to find the next deadline to apply and the date for the next pitching panel.

Important information

There's a new application deadline each quarter, and a set date for shortlisted applicants to present their pitch to a panel. Visit the Firstport website to see the dates for the next deadline and pitching panel.

Next steps

Visit the Firstport website for more information and to find out how to apply.

Support provided by Firstport