Aged 18-30 & live in the South west?

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

If you are struggling to invest in your business or get access to start-up finance we can 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 the South West Enterprise Fund, 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 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.

South West Enterprise fund

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 and live in the South West.
  • Grants must be used for costs directly related to your business.
  • The Grant is to aid with start-up expenses such as the purchase of equipment or machinery, the printing of marketing material and the purchase of initial stock.​
  • 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 already committed time and resources to the business.
  • Have unsuccessfully tried to raise finance elsewhere.
How to apply:
  • Choose your local grant provider and complete the grant application form.
  • We will process your data in accordance with our privacy policy.
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Looking to Start a Business in 2022?

Our business grants offer young entrepreneurs in the South West up to £2,000 to aid with start-up expenses such as the purchase of stock and equipment.​

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SWEF Grants

We Provide Ongoing Business Support

We don’t simply provide a grant and walk away. Starting and running a business is a big endeavour, and it is rare for anyone to have all the essential skills from day one.

We offer you access to a network of other people in the same position as you i.e. in the early stages of starting their business.

We offer you access to a business mentor who can act as an independent sounding board for any business issue you would like to discuss.

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