Aged 18-30 & have recently started a business?

Apply for a Business Grant of up to £2,000 to Grow Your Own Business

If you are struggling to invest in your business venture, we may be able to help. We love working with talented and enthusiastic people and seeing them take their business to the next level.

Apply for a Business Grant with SWEF
How we do it

Our Approach

At SWEF, we believe that every individual has the potential to contribute tremendously to society and should have an opportunity to fulfil that potential.

Our aim is to support entrepreneurs and make their journey a tiny bit easier.


We back individuals who struggle to access funding elsewhere and show initiative in trying to do better by themselves and their community.

Through grants and support, we provide opportunities for young people who otherwise would not have access to funding.


This access to funding allows individuals to become self-employed, start up a business or invest in their new business.

This can lead to greater independence and increased self-confidence.


Running your own business can lead to people making substantial improvements to their lives, the communities they live in and the wider economy.

Underpinning our work is the understanding that the initiative and hard work of individuals are what determine their success.

All we do is provide a little financial assistance and support to help them develop.


Applying for a
SWEF Business Grant

Applying for a business grant with SWEF
SWEF Business Grants:
  • Business grants are awarded for amounts up to £2,000.
  • Grants provide funding for individuals or teams working on a newly established business i.e. has been trading for less than 2 years.
Eligibility criteria:
  • You must be aged 18-30.
  • Grants must be used for costs directly related to your business.
  • The Grant is to aid with expenses such as the purchase of equipment or machinery, or the printing of marketing material.​
  • Grants cannot be used to pay existing debts.
  • You must be able to demonstrate what time and resources have already been directed towards the business.
The most successful applicants are those who:
  • Request a specific amount in their grant application.
  • Provide a specific reason for their grant application.
  • Have committed time and resources to the business.
  • Have unsuccessfully tried to raise finance elsewhere.
How to apply:
  • Click to APPLY NOW and fill out our application form.
  • We will process your data in accordance with our privacy policy.
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Success Stories

We're proud to support young entrepreneurs

Believed in my idea!

"It's quite reassuring to have a conversation with experts in the field who tell you 'oh yeah, we believe in your idea'."




Equipment to run workshops for food education business.

Alex Montgomery

50 Ways to Cook

Aided me during startup

"They helped me buy vital equipment and stock to aid my business during the startup period. Thankyou!”




Equipment for hair salon.

Jack Woods

Fascino Hair Salon

I feel like the real deal!

"I feel like the real deal now and I am so grateful for the grant, without it I just wouldn't have been able to have scaled up".




New double oven and bigger mixer for bakery business.

Holly Weeks

Loaf Shack Bakery

So glad that I applied

"I can serve quicker and keep up with the queues. I'm really grateful for the grant, and so glad that I applied".




Specially adapted freezer to help serve gelato at events.

Joanna Weaver

Joanna's Gelato

Looking to Develop Your Business?

Our business grants offer young entrepreneurs up to £2,000 to aid with business expenses such as the purchase of equipment or product development.​

Apply now