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Barriers To Start Up Grant

The Barriers To Start Up grant is a £1million fund to enable economically inactive, unemployed individuals and young people not in education, employment or training to start their own business.

A grant of up to £2,000 is available to help individuals overcome barriers to starting a business. The grant will come as a part of a package of support that will include one-to-one advice and webinars to build confidence in business practices and develop plans for starting a business. 

In allocating funding, priority will be given to those individuals that are facing barriers to business start-up and are furthest away from the employment market.

To apply you should be:

  • Economically inactive or unemployed 
  • Looking to start up a self-employed business in Wales

We are encouraging applications from individuals who identify as:

  • Disabled work limiting health condition
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicity 
  • Women
  • Young people not in education or training (NEETS) aged 18-24 or a College and University leaver since 2019 who are contracted for less than 20 hours per week

For further information visit Barriers To Start - Up Grant | Business Wales (