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Supporting Scotland’s vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

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Highlands and Islands Enterprise - Young Business Capital Investment Grant


The Young Business Capital Investment Grant fund aims to stimulate an increase in productivity, innovation and employment in the region through capital investment in young businesses and social enterprises who have been trading for less than five years.

The fund is aimed at businesses and social enterprises who can demonstrate at least one of the following outcomes as a result of securing funding:

  • Create or retain well paid jobs
  • Create or retain green jobs
  • Increase efficiency and outputs
  • Focus on sustainability and growth

Funding can be allocated towards most categories of capital investment, included but not limited to purchasing equipment, fixtures, fittings and IT infrastructure, for example. It can also be used toward the construction, adaptation or upgrade of premises or other business infrastructure.

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Geographical areas funded: Argyll & Bute Highland Na h-Eileanan Siar Orkney Shetland

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Who can apply

  • SME’s (organisations with less than 250 full time equivalent employees) based in the Highlands and Islands operating in a growth sector (see the HEI website for a full list)
  • Unincorporated forms of business ownership and incorporated legal forms of business ownership e.g. companies limited by guarantee, community interest companies
  • Applicants must be a start-up/young business or social enterprise less than five years from start of trading activity

When to apply

Now closed to Expressions of Interest.

How to apply

Submit an Expression of Interest online via the HIE website. If approved, you will be included to complete a full application.

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Activites funded: Organisational development & capacity building

Beneficiaries funded: Rural communities Voluntary sector organisations

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