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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.

Tourism Sector Business Grants

In a major investment to support one of Norfolk's key industries, funding of £2.225m has been pooled together to provide a Tourism Sector Support Package.

The project, working in partnership with all seven district councils, Norfolk County Council and Visit East of England, aims to help the tourism sector recover from the impact of COVID-19.


Local Discretionary Grant Fund

The Government have provided some additional funding for the Council to administer under a Local Discretionary Grant Fund. This fund will mean we will be able to help some of the businesses or other organisations that did not qualify for the Small Business Grant or the Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant funding schemes we have been administering.


Business Support Grant: Covid-19

We are administering two grants on behalf of the Government:

  • the Small Business Grant Fund, and
  • the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

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.


Small Skills Project funding

Open to individual businesses in rural Norfolk and North Suffolk to apply 

Up to 50% funding for the costs of training with no minimum grant level.

LIFT Skills is a grant scheme managed by Norfolk County Council and funded by the European Social Fund. We can fund support for managers and workers in small and medium sized businesses to gain skills and progress at work. The schemes is open to businesses in rural Norfolk (not Norwich, Gt Yarmouth or Gorleston towns) and those in north Suffolk and Waveney (not Lowestoft).

We have a new ‘Small Skills Project’ application process available now for individual businesses to apply directly, you could be eligible to apply if your business needs training that is not a statutory requirement and not already available through another LIFT funded training scheme.