Application Process

The ELI loan fund is open to all sectors and businesses at all stages (including start up) who are based within the boundary of East Lothian to apply.  

Interest free loans to a maximum of £15,000 can be applied for with the normal repayment term of 48 months. A repayment holiday upfront may be available if required and agreed at application stage.

Loans are interest free however, if approved, an arrangement fee of 5% will require to be paid prior to funds being released. 

Potential applicants should ensure they read fully all the documents available to download below. Documents should be completed and returned electronically only to: ELInvestments@eastlothian.gov.uk. 

Submitted applications will be acknowledged then you will be contacted by Richard Baty, Fund Manager to discuss your application in detail. Please note you may be required to provide additional or supplementary information to support your application prior to its circulation to the board of directors for a decision to award or decline.


Other relevant company policies that should be read and understood can be found below:

If  support and advice is  required this can be provided by the  Business Gateway Advisor prior to completing the application. Enquires for support, or for any other information on applying should be made to:

ELinvestments@eastlothian.gov.uk 


The boards decision is final and no information will be provided on the reason for refusal