Grants and loans

There are a number of options in Fife if you are looking for a grant or for funding. A brief description of each option is below, and you can find out more by following the hyperlinks to each organisation's specific site.


East of Scotland Investment Fund

The East of Scotland Investment Fund is a consortium of ten Scottish Local Authorities working together to provide loan finance to new and growing small to medium sized enterprises within the east of Scotland. For more information visit

Fife Investment Fund
Fife Council can help with funding to encourage small companies in Fife to invest and grow their business. If you employ up to 50 people in manufacturing, business to business services, or tourism, your company may be eligible for assistance. Fife Investment Fund can provide assistance in the following areas: Plant and machinery; Property improvements; Product development; Process improvement; Training; Working capital (loans only).  For further details visit, or to speak to an Adviser contact Business Gateway Fife on 01592 858333 or email:

Fife Market Development Programme
Fife Council provides a range of services and practical assistance to help businesses develop existing and new markets. We can help you exploit the business opportunities that arise from participating in trade exhibitions, learning journeys or trade missions. To find out more and for contact details, visit the Fife Market Development Programme page under "Growing your Business".

Regional Selective Assistance
The Scottish Government can provide financial assistance to new and existing businesses in Scotland. Following a review of their grant scheme structure in 2007, they can now offer direct financial support through our Investment and Innovation Grants which could help develop your business. To find out more visit the Scottish Business Grants homepage.

If your innovation represents a significant technological advance within your industry sector, then you may qualify for a Scottish Government SMART:SCOTLAND grant. Funding is available for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) which have:

  • less than 250 employees;
  • an annual turnover of less than EUR 50 million; and/or 
  • an annual balance sheet total of less than EUR 43 million

Find out more about the  SMART : SCOTLAND on the Scottish business grants website.

Research and development grants
Small, medium and large enterprises may receive funding for research and development, even if the innovation is new only to your business. The product need not be innovative within a national context.
Find out more about research and development grants on the Scottish business grants website

Equity funding
You may be able to apply for funding if you have developed an innovative new product or service. Visit our "Innovation support and advice" pages to find out more about investment and equity funding.

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