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Sustainable Start-up Award

If you're 18 to 30, live in Tyne and Wear, and have a sustainable business idea, then our Sustainable Start-up Award could be for you!

How it works
The Sustainable Start-up Award is a discretionary grant awarded to Tyne and Wear residents whose businesses positively demonstrate their commitment to supporting the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its mission of ending poverty, inequality, and climate change via innovative thinking, emerging technologies, and ethical business models.
Discretionary grants of up to £1,000 are available and can be used to support the initial costs incurred when starting a business, for example, purchasing recycled materials or energy efficient tools or equipment.


Who can apply?

To apply, you must:

  • Be aged between 18-30 and reside in Tyne and Wear
  • Have a business idea that supports at least one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Have received at least 12 hours of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) support
  • Have less than £15,000 in total personal assets
  • Demonstrate a need for financial support
  • Be pre-start or have been trading for less than three months

For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.


How to apply

Applications can be made by downloading our Application Form. Completed application forms should then be emailed to If you are receiving business support from an external enterprise agency, your business advisor will also have to complete an Advisor Commentary Form.
Once we receive an application, a member of the PNE Enterprise team will review against our eligibility criteria. We will then contact successful applicants via email and inform them of the next stage in the process.
We are currently accepting applications for the Sustainable Start-up Award. If you require support with your application, contact a member of the PNE Enterprise team on 0191 230 6410 or


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