Access to finance is vital in order to start or expand a business, and the EU provides finance for small firms in different forms - grants, loans, and in some cases, guarantees. In addition, the EU funds specific projects. EU funding can be divided into two categories:
- direct funding through grants;
- indirect funding through national and local intermediaries.
Find out more about which type of funding suits your needs and how to apply for it.
Capital, Loans and Bank guarantees
View alternative sources of financing - videos
General information on funding
Access to finance
This site will help you to apply for finance supported by the European Union – use the interactive map to locate banks or venture capital funds.
A Beginner's Guide to EU Funding
Small companies (SMEs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), young people, researchers, farmers, public bodies and other categories can benefit from this guide.
EU grants, funds and programmes (calls for proposals)
Direct access to all open calls for proposals published by the Commission (among them, many SME-specific programmes).