The Royal Society of Chemistry recognises that access to grants and financial assistance is vital for small companies.
We offer grants to EnterprisePlus companies to help with the costs of recruiting a technical apprentice, hiring an intern, and continuing professional development.
We also want to help our companies access funding opportunities provided by other organisations. A list of organisations that can provide financial or development assistance is provided below.
Training vouchers worth up to £1000 are available to help our companies meet their training and development needs. Applications are currently closed, the next round of applications will open in October.
We provide internship grants to give companies funding to employ a graduate intern for a 3 or 6 months paid internship. Applications are currently open. Applications close on the 30th September.
We provide grants and support for employers that recruit an Advanced (Level 3) or Higher Apprentice (Level 4 and above). Apprenticeships provide companies with a wide range of benefits and we are keen to support and encourage employers to consider developing apprenticeship programmes.
Is your company looking for funding?
We know that SMEs spend many weeks each year looking for sources of funding, diverting precious resources away from the core business. This is why we have teamed up with Beauhurst to provide all companies with fast access to funding information, whether this is grants you can apply for, investment funds that are relevant to your sector or funds that invest in companies at a specific stage of development.
These other organisations provide funding and support for small companies
Innovate UK is the innovation agency for the UK. It provides small and large grants to support small companies and bring emerging technologies closer to commercialisation. Have a look here for chemistry-related funding.
Read their blog post on 5 tips to secure funding for start-ups and small businesses.
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation funding programme currently open for applications. Over €79 billion is available in grants for the period 2014-2020 with at least €7 billion going to SMEs.
Knowledge Transfer Network Ltd is a national network of more than 70,000 members working across a variety of technology fields that are key to the UK's continuing economic growth.