Kick-start GrantKick-start is a discretionary grant to help with meeting the costs of starting up a business. It is designed specifically for people that have been through the business development and planning process with E-zone and is committed to starting up a viable business. This grants particularly applicable to those clients who lack personal savings and may find it difficult to raise finance from external resources. The grant is for the purchase of specific working tools and equipment and predetermined working capital items such as stock, insurance, etc. Princes Trust Youth Business Scotland Princes Trust Youth Business Scotland Business start-up support for people aged 18-25. The Youth Business Scotland programme gives practical advice on how to start up a business, how to write a business plan, introductory finance training as well as offering loans of up to £5,000 and grants of up to £1,000. Youth Business Scotland works closely with partners across the Enterprise Network in Scotland and facilitates regular Elevator events for young people, offering them a chance to hear from business leaders and an opportunity to sharpen their networking skills. On-going support In addition to helping young people start-up in business, Youth Business Scotland assists entrepreneurs who have previously been supported by The Trust to grow their existing business. New Enterprise Allowance New Enterprise Allowance New Enterprise Allowance can provide money and support to help you start your own business if you're getting certain benefits. You must be aged 18 or over, have a business idea and get one of the following benefits: Jobseeker's Allowance Income Support as a lone parent Employment and Support Allowance, if you're in the work-related activity group You could get: a loan to help with start-up costs a weekly allowance paid over 26 weeks (up to a total of £1,275) The loan has to be paid back, the allowance does not. Dundee Social Enterprise Network Dundee Social Enterprise Network Dundee Social Enterprise Network, have over five years experience of helping support people to set up, develop and grow successful social enterprises both large and small. Their staff team can offer direct practical support and advice to existing and aspiring social enterprises in Dundee. This includes help to access finance and loans, procurement and tendering opportunities, business support, information and training. There are now over 30 social enterprises that are members of DSEN, trading in the city. Together, they employ 500 people and have a business turnover of £17 million. Creative Scotland Creative Scotland Creative Scotland is the national organisation that funds and supports the development of Scotland's arts, screen and creative industries. We are here to ensure that these sectors continue to thrive and achieve their full potential in Scotland and beyond. We act as a funder, advocate and development agency through working in partnership with others to provide strategic leadership for the arts, screen and creative industries. We support individuals, organisations and companies to innovate and grow, encouraging collaborative working across the sectors that we serve. We support artists, filmmakers, creative people and organisations across Scotland through funding, development and advocacy. We work in partnership to create a sustaining environment where arts and creativity can flourish for everyone. We want Scotland to be a country where everyone can be creative and where artists, filmmakers, individuals and organisations feel valued, empowered and free to develop great things. A country where art and creativity play a part in the life of everyone who lives, works or visits here, no matter where they come from or where they stay; where the arts, screen and creative industries are central to Government on a local and national level, as well as by broader society; and a country whose creative cultural excellence is recognised at home and abroad. Dundee Development Grant Dundee Development Grant The grant is delivered through Business Gateway, Dundee and has been designed to encourage those who want to start their own business to take the next step and formalise their business ideas. Grant Award Support is available to a maximum of £2,250 or 20% of the overall cost of any project that will result in the creation of a new business which creates at least one new full time job within the city. All grants are discretionary and will be awarded on the basis of the minimum amount necessary to allow the project to proceed. Preference will be given to applications which are considered to be innovative (even if only on a local context), have lasting economic impacts within the local area, are environmentally sustainable and lead to increased job creation.