Grants for self-employed entrepreneurs

What is self – employment?

From the UK Government website, Working for yourself:

You’re probably self-employed if you:

• run your business for yourself and take responsibility for its success or failure

• have several customers at the same time

• can decide how, where and when you do your work

• can hire other people at your own expense to help you or to do the work for you

• provide the main items of equipment to do your work

• are responsible for finishing any unsatisfactory work in your own time
• charge an agreed fixed price for your work

• sell goods or services to make a profit

Many of these also apply if you own a limited company but you’re not classed as self-employed by HMRC. Instead, you are both & owner an employee of your company.

You can be both employed and self-employed at the same time, for example if you work for an employer during the day and run your own business in the evenings.

You can check whether you’re self-employed:

online using the check employment status for tax tool

by phone


List of grants

UnLtd finds, funds and supports social entrepreneurs with solutions for a better society.

The grants are for founders of the enterprise. UnLtd provide funding and support to start or grow.

Starting up - £8,000 maximum: You have an idea or have started to make a difference to people's lives, your community, or have ambitions to create change at a national level.

Scaling up - £18,000 maximum: You are already running a social venture that is making a positive difference and you have compelling evidence of your impact. You are looking for our support to realise your potential to grow your impact and expand.

UnLtd recommend getting your application in early so that we have time to ensure they have everything they need to assess it.

There are usually 4 application rounds every year – check the website


Search for grants and finance (free to search)

Check your local council’s website – many have information on funding for local businesses.

From funding and resources to support and guidance, CW help creative industries. The funding page is regularly updated. You can also get in touch to find out how they can help you.

Maximum £50,000 for individual projects. MUST have a track record i.e. produced TV for young audiences & commercially distributed within past 3 years. Support to develop bilingual animation and live-action programming for children and young audiences.

Up to £10,000 seed and start-up funding – focus on young people. The grant panel meetings 4 times a year – check their website Who we Fund | Shackleton Foundation

Up to £2,000 Grants for young people aged 25 and under.

Also have a look at the Loans and social investment section


Please contact us if you need more information or advice


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