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Business and Community Funding

Funding for businesses and community groups can come from a wide variety of sources. Use the links and resources on this page to find appropriate financial support for your initiative. 


Funding for business development, social enterprises and community organisations can help you get your idea off the ground, help your organisation grow or enable programmes and policies for community development and sustainability. Although the Vale of Glamorgan does not endorse or recommend any specific funding source, we have gathered together links to several of the more common funding resources to assist your search.


Funding Money


Strong Communities Fund
A new Local Authority grant programme launched in August 2017.
Finance Finder
Use the Business Wales finance finder to find finance options relevant to your business.
Enterprise Zone Funding
Learn more about the financial support available in the Vale’s Enterprise Zones. 
Development Bank of Wales
Helping businesses get the loans and investment they need to start up, strengthen and grow.
Tourism Investment Scheme
Financing for capital investment projects in the tourism sector in Wales.
Rural Funding Schemes
Funds to develop community projects, your business or other initiatives in the rural areas of the Vale. 
Major Events Funding
Find financial support for event organisers looking to deliver new innovative events in the Vale.
Arts Funding
Explore grants to support arts organisations based and primarily working in Wales. 
Start Up Loans
Look into loans available for entrepreneurs starting a business in Wales through the Start Up Loans Company. 
Robert Owen Banking
Access financing and loans for businesses and community initiatives.
Heritage Lottery Fund
Browse funding or heritage projects such as restoring natural landscapes and recording community histories.
Comm. Facilities Grant
Find capital grants to improve community facilities that prevent or tackle poverty and its effects.
Purple Shoots
Find out more about small business loans to cover start up costs and mentoring services.
Environment and Countryside
Enabling Natural Resources and Well-Being in Wales 2019-2023 - call for grant proposals 
Sports Wales
Providing grants for community sport in Wales.
Garfield Weston 
The Garfield Weston Foundation's aim is to support organisations that have effective solutions to helping those most in need.

Big Lottery 

Access National Lottery's good cause funds for your community groups or charitable project.



The MSBF (Micro Small Business Fund) is an investment fund targeting eligible capital investment projects in the tourism sector in Wales.

The Tourism Amenity Investment Support scheme (TAIS) is an investment fund targeting amenity projects in the tourism sector in Wales.


The links provided here are not exhaustive, they are provided for reference only and should not be considered an endorsement of any of the providers. Many other sources of funding exist that may represent a good choice for your initiative, for example, loans from banks and crowdfunding. 

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Should you still have questions after visiting the site, please call or email the economic development team for assistance.