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Start It

Support provided by Firstport

What does this involve?

A Start It award offers up to £5,000 in grant funding to individuals that want to start a social enterprise. It is designed to help new social entrepreneurs pay for start-up costs.

These costs can vary, but typical examples include: 

  • legal fees for incorporation and registration as a charity or Community Interest Company
  • rent (if premises have been chosen)
  • website, branding, logo design and marketing materials
  • insurance and accountancy services
  • equipment

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 engage in political campaigning or the promotion of religion
  • is an independent organisation and not the project or subsidiary of an existing body
  • will have a direct social impact on individuals, communities or the environment
  • is in the early stages of development – that is, the ‘idea’ or ‘start-up’ phase – and has not begun trading regularly
  • does not form part of your current employment

If the enterprise needs premises to start trading, you must identify a property and confirm you have an Agreement in Principle for a mortgage.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Individuals who have an idea for a social enterprise but need some funding to get it up and running. 

How long does this take?

After you submit your application, a member of the Firstport Awards Team will contact you within 2 to 4 weeks to discuss your ideas. You should receive a decision within 12 to 14 weeks of applying.


Next steps

Find out more about the Start It award on the Firstport website.

Support provided by Firstport