Design support for your business

Funding for design projects


If your business wants to use design to improve its processes, products or services, you may be able to get financial support for your project.

Business finance and support finder

You can search our Business Support Finder to find publicly funded sources of assistance. Support may be available in a number of forms, including financial assistance and free or subsidised advice services. Search the Northern Ireland business support finder.

European funding for design-related projects

The European Commission provides a range of funding to increase the awareness and adoption of design. It mostly supports design indirectly, usually as part of innovation funding and R&D opportunities, such as those through the Horizon 2020 programme.

To find out more about EU funding opportunities for design-related projects, see Design for Europe's beginner's guide for accessing EU funding. See also EU funding for innovation.

Innovation Vouchers

Innovation Vouchers offer businesses funding of up to £5,000. You can redeem the vouchers against the cost of specialist expertise from universities, colleges and publicly funded research institutes. Find out more about Invest Northern Ireland Innovation Vouchers.

In the video below, Ian Hawthorne - owner of Hawthorne Crafts - explains how his business benefited from an Innovation Voucher.