The 'By Design' Grant - Are You Eligible

It’s not often something comes along that really needs to be shouted about, but the Scottish Enterprise ‘By Design’ Grant is certainly one of those things.

The By Design grant can be used for any design work related to developing new products or services, such as research, scoping, brand and packaging design work, prototyping, planning and work related to launching something new into the market. With digital services and products, the grant can help with wireframing, minimum viable product/service creation, user experience and customer journey planning. If successful, you will be awarded a grant for 70% of the total project costs, up to a maximum grant of £5000.

Find out more and see if you’re eligible!

Here are the details from Scottish Enterprise:

What can it be used for?
  • Researching market opportunities, carrying out customer research and creating design briefs
  • Undertaking design work to scope out products or services suited to the needs of the customer
  • Defining and designing the brand for the new product or service
  • Creating prototypes or minimum viable products to be tested with customers and focus groups
  • Preparing for market launch, final testing and refinements to products based on feedback
You can’t use it for:
  • General business activities won’t be supported. You need to provide evidence that you’re developing a new product or service
  • The grant doesn’t cover the cost of building a website for you to sell products
  • It doesn’t cover capital expenditure
  • It doesn’t cover the cost of manufacturing or purchasing stock
  • It doesn’t cover printing and production costs for marketing collateral
  • It doesn’t cover salary costs or internal costs
Can I apply for this grant?

The grant can only be used to cover activities which are yet to begin. Therefore, it is not possible to include activities in the application form that have already started.

You can apply for the By Design grant if you’re:

  • A small to medium-sized VAT registered business or social enterprise in Scotland
  • Able to contribute at least 30% of the cost
  • Able to fund the project up-front
  • Able to demonstrate the benefits of the project

By exception, non-VAT registered applicants may be considered if they have pre-approval for a VAT exemption via their Business Gateway adviser.

This grant is not for you if you have:
  • Received, or are receiving, funding from Scottish Enterprise or any other public sector body for the same project
  • Are a Scottish Enterprise account managed company or Business Gateway Growth Pipeline company
  • Previously received a Make it to Market or By Design support within the last 36 months

Find out more and apply by clicking on the button below:

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