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Growing Business Fund - New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership

  • Are you an established and growing business? 
  • Are you looking to invest, expand and recruit new staff? 
  • Are you seeking capital funding to make this happen? 

The Growing Business Fund offers grants of up to £500,000. Contact the New Anglia Growth Hub on 0300 333 6536 or email For further information visit Growth Business Fund.

Small Grant Scheme - New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (This is currently closed)

  • Are you expanding your business? 
  • Do you have plans to improve productivity or efficiency? 
  • Are you launching new products or services? 

The Small Grant Scheme offers grants between £1,000 and £25,000. Contact the New Anglia Growth Hub on 0300 333 6536 or email For further information and to check eligibility visit Small Grant Scheme.

Growth Through Innovation Fund - New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership

Grants up to £25,000 to help your business invest in innovation, research and development. If you have plans to invest in a research and development (R&D) or innovation project, you could benefit from a grant of between £1,000 and £25,000 from New Anglia LEP's Growth Through Innovation Fund. The grant can pay up to 50% of the total eligible costs of your projects. Contact the New Anglia Growth Hub on 0300 333 6536 or email information can be found on the New Anglia LEP's website. 

DRIVE programme : Delivering Rural Investment and Vital Employment

DRIVE is an ERDF project run by Norfolk County Council in partnership with Suffolk County Council.

DRIVE offers 12 hours business mentoring to businesses contributing to the rural economy in Norfolk and Suffolk. Following the mentoring, the applicant can apply for a capital grant of between £5k and £30k (up to 40% of project costs).

Decisions are made by Local Investment Boards, which are made up of local volunteers - new volunteers welcome.

For further information visit DRIVE Programme


Manufacturing Growth Programme 

Supporting SME manufacturers to grow by identifying, understanding and removing barriers to growth and enabling sustainable business improvement. Further information can be found on the Manufacturing Growth Programme website

Business Energy Efficiency (BEE Anglia)

The BEE Anglia programme provides free support to businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk, helping them become more energy efficient in three ways: 

  • Free Energy Reviews 
  • Grant Funding 
  • Carbon Carter Accreditation 

Contact them on 01473 350370 or Email or for further information visit their website Bee Anglia

Finance East

Finance East is the FSE Group's regional funding organisations for the six counties of the East of England, providing an alternative source of loan finance to support high-growth businesses.

Contact the team on 01473 722910 or email Further information is available on the Finance East website

Better Business Finance (BBF)

BBF provides impartial information and support to businesses, entrepreneurs looking to develop and grow. It is managed by the British Bankers Association in collaboration with its business and finance partners. Visit the Better Business Finance website for further information.


A £9.3million programme to unlock access to EU funding, university expertise and graduate talent is now available for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the East and South East of England. Email Carole Randall - For further information visit KEEP+.

Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative 

We have launched the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative to support the development of new and innovative ideas within the agri-tech sector. There are two main funds that businesses are able to apply for.

Contact Martin Lutman, Programme Manager - 01480 277180 or Email Further information can be viewed on the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative website..

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Full fibre broadband connections offer the fastest and most reliable speeds available, and the government is committed to a vision of a full fibre Britain. As part of this commitment in March 2018, we announced our £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. 

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit-capable connection. Businesses can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can benefit from the scheme with a voucher worth £500 as part of a group project. Visit the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme website for further information.

LIFT programme : Local Investment in Future Talent

LIFT is a skills and employability grant scheme for rural Norfolk and North Suffolk.

LIFT is a three strand supportive grant programme for rural areas. It will invest in locally-based skills and employability support projects

For further information visit Lift Programme

Rural Development Programme - LEADER Funding

The LEADER programme provided grant funding for rural businesses and organisations, however this has now closed to new applications. Information on other possible Rural Development grants can be found here

Last updated: 28/09/2021 09:44:31