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Grants to assist businesses


The SparkFund team are receiving a number of enquiries about available funding and support for SMEs. The team have produced a series of useful links to potential funding calls. 

The table below is constantly updated so please check back for updates. 

Funder Funding title Link to website Closing date (if known)
 PRS  PRS Sustaining Creativity Fund  01 May 2020
 Arts Council England  Capital: Small Grants

03 May 2020

 HM Government  5G Create

04 May 2020


Emergency Funding for Community Radio Stations

4 until 11 May 2020

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

 ISCF Digital Security by Design: Technology Enabled Business Led Demonstrators Competition

13 05 2020


 HM Government  Small Business Research Initiative



Innovate UK 

Innovate UK Smart Grants


27 05 2020

1200 BST

EfT Energy for Tomorrow (EfT)


29 05 2020

Joint Trade Associations (JTA) Group

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Fund - Support Grants and Loans Package


 Innovate UK   GCRF Demonstrate Impact in Developing Countries: Round 2, Phase 1 Competition

DIH Hero Digital Innovation Hubs 15 /06 2020
 Innovate UK EUREKA Collaborative R&D: Advanced Materials Competition




Grants4Apps (G4A) Global Accelerator- to support and develop digital health start-ups.


 EJP-RD  EJP RD – Rare Diseases Research (RDR) Challenges Call


Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) Call 2020


National Institute for Health Research  Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme 3 strands of funding:
  • product development award
  • challenge award
  • connect program


See website

 Scarborough Council  Business Expansion Grant – Scarborough



28/08/2020 27/11/2020 26/02/2021


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See website


Funder Funding title Link to website Closing date (if known)


Rockstart Agrifood **CLOSED**

Innovate UK

Business-led innovation in response to global disruption  **CLOSED**


 Resource Action Fund


Film & TV Charity

Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund



Culture of Solidarity


This list is not exhaustive and there may be other schemes available

Can you help with the response to COVID-19?


In addition to new funding streams, the government have launched a new web form for businesses to complete who may be able to help with the response to COVID-19

GOV.UK - Call for rapid sanitising technology for ambulances

Do you have an innovative or novel approach to get ambulances cleaner quicker to help combat Coronavirus?

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for rapid sanitising technology to speed up the time it takes to clean ambulances to help in the national effort against Coronavirus and save lives.

Humber LEP

A new website designed to co-ordinate Humber businesses’ contributions to the region’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been launched.

The ‘Coronavirus Community Support’ hub has been created by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership to help match the growing number of requests being made for businesses to help, and the offers of support coming in from the region’s businesses.

Aura Innovation Centre (AIC)

A requirement for 3d printers to produce face masks. 

The AIC are looking for 3d printers with the following specification; 

  • FDM 3D Printer, Minimum build bed size of 200 mm x 150 mm
  • Material: PLA or PET-G. No glitter or composite materials.

Queries should be directed to

SparkFund support available

The SparkFund programme may also be able to assist you with potential funding. Complete our enquiry form today to speak with one of our innovation managers.  

Last Updated: 22-04-2020


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