Grants and funding

If you'd like to work for yourself but you need financial support to get your idea off the ground, we may be able to help.

If you're a Sheffield Hallam student – or a graduate from the last five years – you can apply for a variety of funding options, including one–off grants and funded schemes.

Prove it

Prove it is a monthly pre-start competition giving you the chance to win up to £250. This funding could help you

  • build a prototype
  • run a trial of your service
  • fund market research
  • promote your idea
  • protect your idea

'Without the Prove it Fund my business idea may never have progressed. The money was spent on invaluable marketing that allowed me to launch Data Bitz Ltd and start trading.' Leigh Davidson, Data Bitz Ltd

'The Prove it Fund at the Research and Innovation Office made it possible for me to launch my new jewellery collection to an international audience. The necessary preparation of a thorough proposal encouraged me to calculate real costs and to balance these against the short and long term results I hope to see.' Antonella Giomarelli

Contact us to find out more about the eligibility criteria.