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Wiltshire Community Foundation is working partnership with the SWEF which helps young people from Wiltshire and Swindon develop their business idea and need support with business investment that they would otherwise not be able to afford. 

Grants of up to £2000 are available to help start a new business or, if it has been trading for no more than 2 years, help a business expand or become more sustainable. The grant can be used for equipment, materials, stock or services you need in order to get your business running or support the development of the business. You cannot apply for your salary or living costs.

To be eligible for a SWEF Grant you must: 
  1. Be between the ages of 18-30 
  2. Live in Wiltshire or Swindon 
  3. You are either planning to start your own business within the next 6 months or running your own business which has been trading for no more than 2 years
  4. Without easy access to other sources of finance

We welcome applications from underrepresented groups in business: people on a low income, women, migrants, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, people with low educational attainment.

To start an application for a grant please confirm you are eligible by completing the questions below:

Unfortunately, your responses indicate that you are not eligible for the SWEF grant. To be eligible to apply you must: 

  • Be between the ages of 18-30 
  • Live in Wiltshire or Swindon
  • You are either planning to start your own business within the next 6 months
  • Or running your own business which has been trading for no more than 2 years
  • Without easy access to other sources of finance   

The below websites have additional information and further sources of financial support: 

We wish you well with your future business. 

Thank you for confirming you are eligible for a SWEF Business Grant. The application form questions are below.

  • In the form you will need tell us about your business and how a grant would help you to make it more successful or support start-up costs. 
  • There are no “right” answers or the “right” sort of words to use in the application. If a question has several parts, use bullet points to answer each part. 
  • To help you complete the application we have produce some guidance notes which you can download here.
  • You do not have to complete the application form in one go. If you wish to leave the form and come back to it at another time, press the Save my progress and resume later’ button at the bottom of the form. You will be asked to enter your email and a password so you can login at another, this will also be emailed to you as well.  
  • When you have finished it, you will be sent a copy of your answers which you can print if you wish.

If you find anything confusing or need help completing the form please contact the Grants Team on applications@wiltshirecf.org.uk or call 01380 738985

About You

Your Business

Grant Request

What can I apply for?


The grant can be used for equipment that will help you bring in a second revenue stream or increase production where there is a proven demand, materials or stock for a new product line, product development, prototypes, one-off costs such as a website or booking system build, or training.

The grant cannot be used for brand new computers, tablets and phones. However, applications for refurbished technology will be considered if you are:

  • able to make a contribution towards the cost of the item/s.
  • able to explain why the refurbished laptop, tablet or phone will support your business.
  • able to provide a weblink to the item/s and describe why this has been chosen.

You also cannot apply for your salary or living costs, debt repayment, rent and utilities, stock for an existing product line or ongoing software subscriptions.  


Whatever you would like to use the grant for, you will need to provide a breakdown of how you would use the grant, with specific costs and including weblinks or quotes where possible. Avoid general terms like ‘marketing’ that do not provide enough detail about how you will spend the grant. Applications for ‘match funding’ are particularly welcome – this means that you already have some funding but need an additional contribution).


If you ask for £500 or less and are successful, you will be able to re-apply for a second grant at a later stage. Very early-stage businesses should consider if an initial smaller grant is helpful, before applying for a larger amount.

Equal Opportunity Monitoring

This section will not be used when considering your application. The answers will be used purely for statistically purposes and internal monitoring.

It is voluntary to disclose this information, however by answering the questions it will enable us to better understand our grants. 

Your answers will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Supporting Documents

Please upload the supporting documentation as below; if you cannot provide all documents now please indicate below, and provide the documents you can now.

e.g. bill/letter/driving licence confirming your address in Wiltshire or Swindon

e.g. birth certificate/passport/driving licence

e.g. benefit statements, pay slip, accounts

e.g. business plan or evidence of trading (recent invoice, rent agreement)


I declare that the information provided in this application is, to the best of my knowledge, correct and I will report any changes to the information provided. I give permission for Wiltshire Community Foundation to record the information in this form electronically.

In accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998) and Wiltshire Community Foundation Privacy Policy, if you are awarded a grant, your details will be collected and stored for a maximum of 7 years after receiving the last grant payment. The personal data will be used only for the purposes of administering this grant programme and will be shared with the SWEF. 

Once we have received your application, we will check it is complete and eligible. A member of the Grants Team may contact you and invite you to attend a meeting to discuss your business further with the SWEF.

If you have any other questions please contact The Grants Team on 01380 738985 or email applications@wiltshirecf.org.uk.

Please note you will have the opportunity to review your application and make any further edits before you confirm, by clicking on the 'Review before Submit' button on the below.

Once you have confirmed your submission, you will no longer have access to make any further changes