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Tech Smart Meetup Subsidy

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Glasgow City Council has established a fund to support tech community events in the City. Those who are organising events can apply for funding that is required to hold an event such as catering and venue hire. This may be used for supporting market square activities such as tech meetups, founder events and hackathons.

This fund is directly aimed at encouraging both the establishment of and attendance at market square activity in Glasgow and is open to any organisation hosting events in Glasgow.

The maximum amount that can be claimed is £1000 in arrears.


Eligible: You must be able to meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be actively engaged in Scotland's "Technology Ecosystem" (see STER definition), e.g. working within a tech SME or providing support to others in the ecosystem
  • Provide evidence of the event/activity, eg event invitation.
  • Proof of purchase (e.g. receipts, bank statement)
  • The event must take place within Glasgow City boundary  (Postcode checker )
  • Businesses should not have exceeded the minimal financial assistance threshold of £315,000 over the current and past 2 financial years

Not Eligible: The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Applicants who are undischarged bankrupts, subject to insolvency proceedings or an individual who has entered into an arrangement with his/her creditors (including a trust deed).
  • No grant contribution will be made towards speaker fees.
  • Purchase of Equipment (a contribution can be made towards hiring costs)


Application Process

Eligible businesses must complete the online form, including:

  • A detailed outline of the event and how this relates to building the tech ecosystem/market square
  • A detailed outline of what funding will be used for e.g. food for xx attendees
  • A breakdown of all relevant costs in hosting your event

Applications for support must be submitted no later than 20 working days prior to your event taking place.

Conditions of support

  • The grant will be paid in arrears to successful applicants
  • The applicant will complete an online questionnaire following the event.


Tech Smart Rent Subsidy

GCC has also introduced a Tech Smart Rent Subsidy, please click here for more information.

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This project is part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.  Successful applicants should follow UK Shared Prosperity Fund branding and publicity requirements. Please click here for details.

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Last modified on 19 July 2024

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