Creative Catalyst 2024

Creative Catalyst 2024


Funding Competition


UK Wide


6 March 2024



Creative Catalyst 2024

UK registered micro or small businesses in the creative industries sector can apply for funding of up to £50,000 with a package of tailored support to grow their business. This fully funded grant programme is from Innovate UK.

Competition opens: Tuesday 23 January 2024
Competition closes: Wednesday 6 March 2024 11:00am

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £10 million for innovation projects as part of the Creative Catalyst.

The aim of this competition is to support the growth of untapped innovative businesses and to increase investment in creative talent. We do this by providing a package of targeted and continuous support to develop projects that will propel business growth plans.

Your Proposal Must:

have an innovation that clearly demonstrates benefit to the creative industries sector and the wider UK economy
focus on a clear opportunity and the proposed innovation which addresses it
demonstrate the impact funding and support can have to the growth plan of your business within the next 12 months
In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process.

This competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline stated in this Innovate UK competition brief. We cannot guarantee other government or third party sites will always show the correct competition information.

Funding Type

Project Size
Your project’s total costs and grant funding request must be up to a maximum of £50,000.

Accessibility and Inclusion
We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and are committed to making our application process accessible to everyone. This includes making reasonable adjustments, for people who have a disability or a long-term condition and face barriers applying to us.

To Apply

You can contact us at any time to ask for guidance.

We recommend you contact us at least 15 working days before this competition’s closing date to allow us to put the most suitable support in place. The support we can provide may be limited if you contact us close to the competition deadline.

You can contact Innovate UK by email or call 0300 321 4357. Our phone lines are open from 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm UK time, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).