Creative Industry Finance is led and managed by Creative United, with funding from Arts Council England. The programme is delivered in partnership with a specially selected group of lenders and a network of expert business advisors. We provide business support to creative companies, arts organisations, museums and libraries. We enable confidence with business planning and understanding of access to finance. Working closely with clients to explore finance options, get investment ready, and apply to a lender.
Business support available to you
Creative Europe helps the cultural and creative sectors seize the opportunities of the digital age and globalisation;
Enable the sectors to reach their economic potential, contributing to sustainable growth, jobs, and social cohesion;
Give Europe’s culture and media sectors access to new international opportunities, markets, and audiences. The Creative Europe programme is open to cultural and creative organisations from EU Member States, as well as non-EU countries. Subject to certain conditions EEA (European Economic Area), candidate/potential candidate and ENP (European Neighbourhood Policy) countries can also participate in the programme on an equal footing with Member States.
We are an Investor, an Influencer and a Creator; driving diverse creative collaboration and growth. Our mission is for England’s creative businesses and talent to be the most successful and innovative in the world: a platform for new voices, building economic growth that benefits our nation. Creative England is dedicated to the growth of the creative industries.
We invest in talented people and their creative ideas, nurturing our richly diverse games, TV, film and digital media industries. From direct investment and soft loans to business mentoring; we champion the best ideas of talented people and their businesses.
As a not-for-profit organisation we mobilise public and private resources to garner as much support and investment for the creative industries as possible. We work with a wide range of partners and investors from commercial brands and companies such as Google, Facebook and KPMG to local authorities, cultural bodies and universities, national government, and the European Commission.
We are increasingly living in a society that is digital-by-default; this is creating a strong need to develop digital skills and increase the digital capability of all for a digital economy. iAMDigital is a £1m fund which invests in new ventures and established organisations working to increase digital inclusion and digital skills in the UK, outside of London.
iAMDigital will be investing in organisations that have a strong track record of delivering results and are seeking to scale their approach. We are offering low interest loans or equity investments ranging from £50,000 to £250,000. These investments will be matched 50% by the applicant company; for example, an investment request of £50,000 must be matched by £50,000 additional private funding.
The Rural Communities Fund supports Parish Councils, groups and organisations in rural Hampshire and small market towns. The priorities of the scheme are to build community resilience and encourage self-help. Applications are welcome to support three specific themes as well as general projects or initiatives supporting the scheme priorities. Community-led flood alleviation, Countryside access, Rural retailers and community enterprises and Other (e.g. supporting vulnerable and older people; supporting innovative transport solutions to access services).
We typically fund up to a maximum of £5,000, although larger grants are available to support applications for community-led flood alleviation schemes and retailer and community enterprise schemes (typically up to £10,000).
Contact us to discuss your project ideas before making an application and we can advise if it will be eligible
The Executive Member for Policy and Resources has responsibility across the whole range of County Council activities and is able through its grants budget to give financial help to organisations which, for a variety of reasons, may not qualify for assistance from other grants streams available. Preference will be given to applications for specific projects or activities rather than general running costs of organisations. These grants are not intended to replace shortfalls in service delivery budgets or replace funding for other support you may be able to obtain, or that you have obtained from us in the past.
Applications are received throughout the year and formal Decision Days are typically scheduled on a monthly basis excluding August and November. As a general rule, maximum grants up to the value of £5,000 will be awarded.
Each County Councillor will receive an annual budget, to be allocated to local projects, initiatives or organisations in their Division. Legitimate groups and organisations, but not individuals, will be able to apply to their local Councillor for a grant.
Groups and organisations (but not individuals) can apply for funding for both revenue (one-off) and minor capital projects. Revenue grants should generally be used to support short term project related costs e.g. a time limited activity group for children. It is expected that the grants will benefit a wide range of groups/activities: for example, vulnerable children or adults, young people, facilities for older people, community facilities, parish councils (but only for specific projects), schools minor traffic or safety works, local environment projects, and community safety.
The opening date for the scheme is 1 June and the deadline for submitting grant requests is the 28 February in each financial year.The minimum grant payable is £100 and the maximum grant payable is £8,000. Councillors are encouraged to fully utilise their annual grant allocation in the financial year in question. Any unspent budget cannot be carried forward.
The Community Investment Fund supports community based organisations delivering services/projects/activities which support the priorities and outcomes of Hampshire County Council’s Serving Hampshire – Strategic Plan 2017-2021.
Priority is given to organisations serving communities with high levels of multiple deprivation. This is taken into consideration when calculating the value of any award. You can apply for amounts over £5000.
At Community Action IW we have a wide variety of tools, techniques and tips to help support you in raising income for your organisation. From assisting in project planning and development, setting up a budget and sourcing the right place to apply, we can support you in every step of your fundraising journey.
We can support you in identifying diverse ways of generating income to ensure you don’t have all your eggs in one basket. Ensuring your organisation has access and knowledge about a wide spectrum of funding sources including grants, contracts and trading.
Give your business the very best chance of success by reading the checklists below. We explain what should be in place throughout the journey, so you can plan ahead.
The British Business Bank checklists can help your business prepare for your equity investment journey.