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There are several resources available which help with free or low cost advice, services, grants or funding to aid self-employed people, small businesses, individuals and educators which we have listed below for your convenience. All links open in a new window.

A Guide to Funding from Government Departments and Agencies
Book produced by the Directory of Social Change.

Access Funds UK
Provides information on funding including various guides to funding, charitable trusts, central and local government plus EU funding. Other services included funding information delivered by email, training courses to help you raise funds and project funding services.

Arts Council of Great Britain
Lottery funding information, statistics, programs, available funding and weblinks.

Artists Exemption Scheme
Income earned by artists, writers, composers and sculptors from the sale of their works is exempt from tax in Ireland in certain circumstances. Information provided by the Irish Revenue Commissioners for creators of original and creative work or works of art.

Association of Charitable Organisations

Awards for All
Lottery funding for individuals and small groups.

Azo Group - Government Grants and Foundations: Free Videos. Grants information and newsletter. Free videos on locating small business grants, government grants and other grant money.

Better Business Bureau Online
free web resource provided by the publishers of Better Business, the UK's small business subscription magazine. Contains useful stuff including latest news for small businesses, list of vital contacts and links, free factsheets and profit boosters plus a host of links to online resources with everything from accounting and insolvancy to disability information, junk mail, faxes and calls, to coaching, business advice and professional bodies.

Business Link
Provides advice and aids individuals and small companies with business plans.

Career Development Loans
A deferred repayment loan providing individuals with help to fund vocational education or learning set up between the government and various banks. All the information including forms and application packs are available at the UK Gov Department of education & skills site.

Channel 4 TV
Real Deal Business Advice sprung from the television program and provides advice and articles for those looking to become self-employed or start a small business.

Charity Commission

City Business Library
Business information library contains a large collection of sources of business information including market research, directories etc.

Culture Programme
The EU's Culture programme (2007-2013) has a budget of £400 million for projects and initiatives to celebrate Europe's cultural diversity and enhance our shared cultural heritage through the development of cross-border co-operation between cultural operators and institutions.

Customs & Excise UK
for VAT enquires and payment.

The Department of Trade and Industry
The DTI sponsors a wide range of grant and advisory schemes.

Do-It UK
The home of volunteering on the web. Thousands of opportunities and all you need to know to volunteer

Euclid
official EC Cultural Contact Point in the UK for Culture 2000, which is an EU funding programme offering support for arts and cultural projects in the performing and visual arts, heritage and books/reading sectors. EUCLID provides support and assistance for potential applicants to this programme and guidance on other EU funding opportunities for the cultural sector.

European Union Funding Programmes
Europa is the European Union's official website. Information on the Parliament, the Council, the Commission, the Court of Justice, the Court of Auditors and other bodies of the European Union (EU) may be accessed on this site.

Funderfinder
Searchable database of charities, grant making trusts and funding resources which can be found at Careers Services or Citizens Advice Bureau's.  Information about the software, plus useful links and advice are available at the site.

Government Departments and Local Authorities

Gov Grants Global
Formed in 1988 to provide a rounded service to individuals starting up in business and those established companies seeking to identify relevant sources of grant and funding from official sources. Offer a free grant search, access to private investor funding sources and also venture capital. Their acclaimed guide, All about Grants, is also available as a free download. Foreword written by Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Patricia Hewitt, MP

GrantFinder
Subscription based program Grantfinder (also available on CD-Rom) is much more than just a database. Since 1985, it has been and still remains the leading source in the UK of accurate and comprehensive information on the full range of UK and EU financial support provision, including grants, subsidies, loans, venture funding and other incentives, available to all types of business, from the sole trader to the multinational company; to voluntary and community groups; to charities and charitable arms; to each and every aspect and every level of the public sector.

Grantnet
Register free to search for grant funders. Answer a number of questions (i.e., your location, business type, assistance required, gender/racial/disability qualifications) and it will suggest public-sector and charitable schemes which may be worth applying to.

HM Revenue & Customs
Information and online forms for those seeking to become or workin as self-employed.

Inland Revenue
The UK govenment department deals with Income Tax and supplies self-assessment forms for individuals and businesses.

Institute of Business Advisers
Internationally recognised as the organisation that sets the standards for professional business advisers.

International Intelligence on Culture

Investors in People UK
Investors in People UK was established in 1993 to provide national ownership of the Investors in People National Standard and is responsible for its promotion, quality assurance and development. This role now encompasses establishing the Standard internationally.

Irish Revenue Commissioners
The Eire equivalent of the Inland Revenue, provides information and tax collection services.

j4b
Information on finding UK Government grants for your business. (Site currently being re-designed).

The Learning and Skills Council
is a national network providing all post-16 learning, vocational training, adult and community education and workforce development.

LemonAid
Click on 'business plans' to read and download their free business plan builder.

Lottery Funded
Is a gateway site aiming to direct users to the most appropriate Lottery Distributor by locating the right funding source where you can find details of current funding programmes for Arts, Education, Individuals, Charities, Heritage and Sport including the 'Awards for All' scheme.

Money to Learn
UK Department of education & skills provides information for all ages on educational funding and grant resources for 19+

Motley Fool
provides a wealth of information on finance including personal finance, retirement, investing, taxes, credit management, savings and much more. Probably the best finance information site on the internet.

National Lottery Awards Search
Find information about national lottery awards granted in your area, by date, project and find links to national distributors.

NESTA

ProHelp
ProHelp is a national network of 1,000 professional firms who give their time and expertise for free to community groups and voluntary organisations.

Scholarship Search Uk
Provides a freely searchable database of undergraduate and postgraduate awards and other forms of student funding including commercial sponsorship, competitions and prizes, expedition awards and help with child care in the UK

Small Firms Services
UK company name search, advice on registering a company name plus information on company types, directors and secretaries, accounts audit and approval, companies house and free downloadable 'Contract of Employment' and 'VAT Return'. Their links section contains tons of useful links to UK company listings sites, arbitration and conciliation, credit news, location services and other UK business sources.

Telephone Directory Enquiries
Free directory enquiries, search by name and/or address to find listed numbers for individuals and companies in the UK

The UK Government official information service
This site contains links to government departments, and holds details of all government press releases and forthcoming events.

UK Corporator
Online company registration service which enables users to register a business, receive articles of association and all other company formation documents automatically and electronically via this award-winning 100% online system. Free telephone and email support included.

Visual Credit Counseling
Non-profit organization dedicated to offering debt management assistance to consumers who are having difficulties with their personal finances.

USA Business Advice

Better Business Bureau
USA organisation that provides free and low cost help to individuals and businesses. The online free services includes guides for consumers and businesses with dispute resolution, company check, complaints service, news and employment opportunities also available.

Dunn & Bradstreet Small Business Solutions USA
Provides a variety of online tools including US business lookup & reports, company credit check, business credit and analysis tools, marketing services, collection services, supplier search and tracking folders.

FinanCenter
Supplies web site personalization products including the e-Merchandising System (EMS) personalization platform and financial tools including Analyzers, Educators and Planners to aid in E-Commerce and client interaction.

Grants & Related Resources
USA National grant makers information and links to their websites plus details on the funding center, selected sources on grants, funding and worldwide web resources which aid in understanding grant applications provided by Michigan State University Libraries

Internet Scambusters
Avoid being take by internet scams and fraud, includes online auctions, credit card fraud, area code scam, counterfeit items, viruses, urban legends, nigerian fee, malls plus free special repors on how to beat credit card fraud, internet malls and spam. Also provides a listing and explaination of real computer viruses and what to do if your computer is infected.

Legal Docs
US online resource providing free legal forms like wills, trusts, sales, leases, partnerships, employment, business and real estate. These allow you to prepare customized legal documents directly online. Whilst many are free, there are charges on some ranging from $5.50 to $89.75 depending on the complexity of the document.

MONEY 101
an interactive course on managing your money with sections covering everything from basic budgeting to buying a house, stocks and bonds, insurance, savings, pensions and building college funds.  American site but the information is relevant to anyone who needs help with finance management.

Motley Fool
provides a wealth of information on finance including personal finance, retirement, investing, taxes, credit management, savings and much more. Probably the best finance information site on the internet.

The Small Business Administration
US free business information including starting and financing your business, opportunities, local offices, laws and regulations, disaster assistance, online library and other business related subjects. Individuals and small businesses can add their business card to their database and register in PRO-Net for contracting opportunities.

U.S. Business Advisor
Provides business with one-stop access to federal government information, services and transactions. Links to Online Transactions, Business Resource Library, Federal Agency business pages and one-stop gateways plus searchable FAQ's are also available.

U.S. Department of the Treasury
IRS Forms & Information, online tax filing, reporting plus the latest details on anti-counterfeiting, currency, financial markets, employment, savings bonds, sanctions, embargoes, international markets and other related topics.

U.S. Federal Grants
Provides partial information that is available in full by using their Federal Money Retriever grant searching software which includes a pre-application wizard, a guide to federal funding, grants and loans database plus search and report tools. Recommended by the Wall Street Journal.

U.S. Social Security Website
Official website provides benefits information, services for businesses, laws and regulations, pages for kids, parents and teachers, plus online application forms for retirement, disability or spouses benefits.

Venture Capital Fodder
Helps finance and build emerging growth companies, from early stage through IPO and beyond. There are several business diagnostic tools available online plus articles to help you produce a good business plan, a guide to VC firms, comprehensive industry reports. You can also access expert advice or apply for help with raising capital for your business.

Venture Capital Resource Library
Browse VC firms interested in your company, find contact info on potential investors, customers and clients, get a free business plan template, post your business plan, find funding reports and start up guides for businesses you can start and run from home.

Working for YourselfBook on US Law and Taxes for Independent Contractors, Freelancers and Consultants (Working for Yourself, 4th Ed)