The United Kingdom government provides a wide range of grants supporting a variety of different subjects. Grants are available through a number of national, regional and local organisations, governments and government agencies. Grants are typically applied for and are in place to support a desired activity, behaviour or to promote policy ideas.
The process of applying for grants will be highly dependent on the administrator and the program in question and the level of complexity in preparation will depend on the grant application requirements.
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Business grants are offered by local and regional governments to support investment and trade, develop skills and employment or to expand businesses. The most common include: Grant for Business Investment--administered by Regional Development Agencies (RDA) to promote and attract investment to various regions of the UK. The grants are assessed on the basis of job creation and investment dollars spent and are awarded on a percentage basis. Skills grants--provided by municipalities and regions to promote training and recruitment of new workers and to help employers retrain workers and improve skills Export grants--provided by UK Trade and Investment and RDA's to support UK businesses wishing to develop products for the export market or to provide support for small businesses to attend trade shows. These grants are designed to offset or fully defray the costs of the activity.
Energy and Conservation Grants
The UK is committed through national and international treaties to reduce carbon emissions and to change consumer and industry behaviour regarding energy use and conservation. For example:
Household energy--grants are available to consumers from local municipalities to conserve energy in the home and promote the use of renewable energy. Grants are available for such things as new water heaters and home insulation.
Arts and Science Grants
The UK Government at all levels offers grants to artistic and educational institutions to broaden the national and international reach in the arts and science.
Research grants- National UK Government through various Government departments fund a wide number of research projects and universities and colleges around the UK. These projects are funded through grants as well as direct funding through national agencies such as NESTA ( National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) and play an invaluable funding resource for research and arts programs
Arts grants--support specific projects in the arts, fashion and design and come from a number of sources including local and regional Government as well as private endowments and trusts
Regional education authorities in the UK provide prospective students going into higher or further education with loans and grants to help offset the costs of tuition and living expenses. Levels of grants are means tested, i.e. are dependent on an applicant qualifying for the grant based on income.
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