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Business grants and funding

We work in partnership with a number of funding organisations to support economic growth with access to grants, loans and financial investment to help your business grow.

Listed below is a selection of funding sources which may prove helpful to your business.


New Anglia Growth Programme

Has a support directory where you can search for business funding options from local and national sources.


Growing Business Fund

Run by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership provides grants up to £500,000 for local businesses wanting to grow and create new jobs.


Growing Places Fund 

Helps kick-start and support development projects across Suffolk and Norfolk. From innovation centres that will help launch new startups, to transforming empty land into new homes and commercial premises, the Fund provides infrastructure loan funding to projects that might otherwise have stalled or not started at all.


Local Infrastructure Fund 

Is a £20 million funding programme offering loans to developers within the South Norfolk area to deliver essential infrastructure, such as roads and transport links.


Energy grants

To support business related energy efficiency initiatives, provided by Business Energy Efficiency Anglia (BEE Anglia). Also offering expert advice and online training.  


Grants for rural businesses

As part of the Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020 provided by Norfolk LAGs. Also offering independent expert advice for businesses across Norfolk.


The Growth Programme

Provides funding to help projects in England which create jobs and help rural economy growth. These grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).


Innovation funding

Provided by GOV.UK to support development of an innovative product or service, with funding available between £25,000 and £10 million.


Innovation vouchers

Up to the value of £5,000 are available to support research and development collaborations from a number of organisations including Innovation New Anglia, Innovate UK and KEEP.


KEEP+ innovation network

Is a series of free events that bring together like-minded business owners and entrepreneurs with public sector and university contacts in order to foster and develop long lasting relationships that endorse cross sector working and open the door to future collaborations.


Corporation Tax: Research and development tax relief

Can help to reduce your company’s tax bill.


Techstars 'Anywhere Accelerator'

Techstars is a global ecosystem that helps start-up entrepreneurs bring new technologies to market and build sound and sustainable businesses, with equity funding and supplementary support, including mentorship.


RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme

The Countryside Productivity Scheme forms part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is administered by the Rural Payments Agency.

The scheme provides funding for projects in England which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sectors and create jobs and growth in the rural economy.

The grants are for a minimum of £35,000 and they can cover up to 40% of the eligible costs of a project. If the minimum grant is £35,000, the minimum total eligible cost of a project would therefore be £87,500. The maximum grant per project is normally £1 million.


Carbon Trust Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator

The program is open to all sectors in the UK and is technology-neutral, targeting near-commercial innovations that will have the largest cross-sectoral impact on industrial energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.


Rural Development Programme

New funding for rural businesses as part of the latest Rural Development Programme


Innovate UK Business Productivity 

Innovate UK Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition seeking to develop solutions that provide businesses with access to information on improving productivity. These solutions will help businesses at all levels (leaders, management and employees) access new opportunities to improve productivity levels where they work.