Market Development

Funding opportunity links

You may wish to use the following links to find further information about finance and possible funding opportunities.

Business' funding - business finance and support finder is an online resource for businesses. This page may help you to search for publicly-backed finance or support for your business and find out which schemes would be right for you.

British Bankers Association - resources for small businesses

The British Bankers Association is the voice of the banking industry for all banks who operate within the UK. This link provides a resource to help small businesses with financial planning.

Finance South East

Finance South East is a regional funding organisation, backed by SEEDA and privately governed. It specialises in the identification, funding and development of ambitious, high potential growth businesses.

Hampshire County Council - Business and procurement

The information on these pages is designed to help organisations understand how Hampshire County Council does business and the tender opportunities which are currently available.

Hampshire County Council External Funding - local council business support

This page provides links to funding and support provided by Borough and District Councils in Hampshire (e.g. Eastleigh Borough Council) local businesses.

Funding Circle

Peer-to-business lending platform connecting businesses and investors, where businesses get fast business loans and investors earn great returns on their investments - small business finance

Third sector funding

Big Society Capital Group (Big Society Bank)

The Big Society Capital group (formerly referred to as the "Big Society Bank") is a financial institution that aims to develop a market for investment made on the basis of positive social impact as well as financial returns. In so doing it will boost the ability of social enterprises, voluntary and community organisations (collectively known as "the social sector") to deal with social issues.

Charity Bank

A bank that invests deposits from individuals and organisations for the common good, not for commercial gain.

Department of Health - Social Enterprise Investment Fund

The Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF) provides investment to help new social enterprises start up and existing social enterprises grow / improve their services particularly for innovative health and social care services.

NACVA - funding commissioning and grants

NAVCA is the national voice of local third sector infrastructure in England and provides resources around funding for third sector organisations.


Big Society Bank - Big Society Investment Fund

While the Big Society Bank is being set up the Big Society Investment Fund are able to distribute up to £5 million raised from dormant bank accounts, to realise some early benefits and provide a springboard for the future.

Awards for all England

Awards for All, England offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 for projects that improve communities, and the lives of people within them. It is for voluntary and community groups.

Community Development Foundation (CDF)

The Community Development Foundation provide grants, support for making grants and links to other funding sites, to community and voluntary groups working to improve communities.

Funding Central

Funding Central, supported by the NCVO and the Cabinet Office, Office of the Third Sector, provides access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities.


GRANTnet, a straightforward free-to-use service from GRANTfinder, can help small businesses, charitable and community groups to find suitable funding. This site is hosted by GRANTfinder a subscription based service.

Hampshire County Council - grants

On this site you will find information about the various grant funds at Hampshire County Council along with advice on how to apply for a grant and who to talk to for help with your application.

Hampshire County Council External Funding

The Hampshire County Council External Funding website provides links to funding organisations and details of how to submit bids for non County Council funding

Finance information and support - business finance explained is an online resource for businesses. This page provide a range of information on accessing Business finance. - forecast your business finances is an online resource for businesses. This page may help you find out how to plan what money's coming in and going out of your business, and how this can help improve your finances - sales forecast, sales revenue, projects sales revenue, profit and loss forecast, cash flow forecast - business allowances is an online resource for businesses. This page may help you to find out the difference between capital expenditure and revenue expenditure, and how business allowances can lower your tax bill

Community Action Hampshire - grants and funding

Community Action Hampshire have pulled together information and guidance that should help your organisation survive and maybe even thrive in the current economic conditions.

Direct.Gov - voluntary and community group applying for funding

A funding or grant opportunity resource for use if you are a voluntary or community based organisation.

Funding Central

Funding Central, supported by the NCVO and the Cabinet Office, Office of the Third Sector, provides a wealth of tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs.


GRANTfinder (a subscription based service) is the UK's leading grants and policy database and includes news and information on funding opportunities.

Hampshire Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) network

A CVS is an organisation that offers a range of support services to voluntary and community groups and organisations to enable them to carry out their work, achieve their aims and become more effective.

"Improving messages to SME's - The case for the disabled customer" Download Acrobat Reader to view this PDF 163kb

August 2010 - The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have produced a report highlighting the economic and business case for business to be more inclusive. It provides examples of small businesses that have successfully addressed disabled customer requirements and shows the business benefits associated with improved accessibility.

Money - Business finance

A private commercial site, that may contain pop-ups, but which shows you, and compares, some of the business funding opportunities available.

National Council for Voluntary Organisations - funding and finance

The NCVO provides tools, resources and expertise to enable voluntary and community organisations to develop and implement a sustainable income strategy, including good financial management.

Third Sector - fund raising news and best practice

This is the website for Third Sector, the UK’s leading publication for the voluntary and not-for-profit sector, providing Charity fundraising news, in-depth reporting, best practice, expert advice and discussion.