A grant is a sum of money given to an individual or business for a specific project or purpose.
A grant usually covers only part of the total costs involved. As long as you keep to any conditions attached to the grant, you will not have to repay it or give up shares in your business.
Grants to help with business development are available from a variety of sources, such as the government, European Union and some charitable organisations.
These grants may be linked to business activity or a specific industry sector. Some grants are linked to specific geographical areas, eg those in need of economic regeneration.
This guide introduces you to government grants and support and outlines the kinds of projects and organisations to which they are available. It also provides hints on how to apply for a government grant.