“The energy auditor showed us how to adjust the settings to most efficiently run our heating system as well as explained the benefits of low-cost measures such as draught proofing.”
Judith Brown, The Sheldon Hotel, Eastbourne
Grants & Funding Programmes
If you are a business based in Sussex or the South East and looking to expand there are a number of local and national grant schemes you could apply for. Funding is also available for energy efficiency projects, cycling facilities and internships.
Energy Efficiency Grants: East Sussex – Find out more
Grants of up to £1,000 to cover 40% of the cost of an energy efficiency project, such as LED lighting, insulation or heating controls. Small and medium sized businesses in East Sussex (excluding Brighton & Hove) can apply.
Utilise Plus programme – Find out more
The Utilise Plus programme offers a range of services: grant funding, events, workshops and fully-funded energy audits, for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) throughout England. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), supported by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, and delivered by the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC.
Grant schemes run by other parties
The Rampion Fund – Full details
Charities, community groups and not-for-profit organisations, operating within Area 1, can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 for projects that benefit the local community. Higher grants of up to £50,000 are also available for larger capital projects.
Garfield Weston Foundation– Full details
The Foundation supports a range of charities and causes across the UK, from Arts and Communities, to Health and the Environment. Grants vary based on the size of the charity and the work being undertaken.
Weston Anniversary Fund – Full details
To celebrate 60 years of supporting charities throughout the UK, Garfield Weston have launched an additional grants scheme. Applications close on 30th June 2018.
LoCASE Energy Efficiency Grants & Business Support for East Sussex – Contact us for details
Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 for small to medium-sized businesses in East Sussex to cover up to 40% of the cost of an energy efficiency project. Includes free energy audits. Administered by Carbon Smart.
LoCASE Business Development Grants Kent, Essex & East Sussex – Contact us for details
The provision of two types of grant funding (up to a maximum of £10k) and other business support to improve business performance in terms of profitability, resilience and competitiveness, at the same time as contributing to the protection and preservation of the environment.
Carbon Trust Green Business Fund – Full details
Direct funded support available to small and medium-sized enterprises for energy assessments, training workshops, equipment procurement support and up to £10,000 capital contribution towards energy saving equipment purchase. A supplier from the Carbon Trust’s Green Business Directory should be used to complete the work.
Santander Internship Programme – Full details
Grants to support small and medium-sized enterprises to take on a student or graduate intern from the University of Brighton for up to three months.
Green Growth Platform Internship Programme – Full details
The Green Growth Platform graduate internship programme can part-fund an internship for six weeks, with a view to the job becoming permanent.
Coast to Capital Business Growth Grants – Full details
Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership has a number of funding, grant and loan opportunities available to private sector and public sector organisations to support business growth in Croydon, East Surrey, Gatwick Diamond, Brighton & Hove, Lewes and West Sussex.
East Sussex Business Growth Fund – Full details
Companies in East Sussex are being offered help to grow and create new jobs through a new funding scheme delivered by Locate East Sussex that is backed by East Sussex County Council.
East Sussex Upgrading Empty Commercial Property Fund – Full details
For light industrial or office buildings that have not been used for over 6 months. Grants of up to £120,000 available. Minimum 30% match funding required.
South Downs National Park Sustainable Communities Fund – Full details
Grants of between £250 and £10,000 for projects bringing social, economic, environmental or cultural benefit to a community within the national park. 50% match funding required.
Cycle racks for businesses in the South Downs National Park – Full details
Local visitor attractions, parish councils and small businesses, for example. country pubs, café’s and accommodation providers, can apply for up to 6 free cycle stands worth over £500.
LEADER funding for rural businesses
Chichester, Arun & Hayling Island – Horsham, Mid Sussex & Lewes – Wealden & Rother
Grants of at least £2,500 and no more than £75,000 to support projects proposed by farmers, growers, foresters, other small rural businesses and rural community groups that will benefit the economy of the LEADER areas. Grants will usually be limited to a maximum of 40% of the project’s eligible costs.
For charities, social enterprises and voluntary and community groups, East Sussex County Council produce an excellent monthly guide to grant and funding programmes (also relevant to organisations outside the county). Visit website.
Please note that whilst we take every effort to ensure the information on this page is up to date, we cannot take responsibility for any inaccuracies or missed application deadlines. Please always contact the relevant organisation running a grant scheme before applying.