Grants & Funding Programmes

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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 between £200- £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 – Programme Closed

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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.

Find out more about the grant funding on offer from the Utilise Plus programme, or register your interest.


Grant schemes run by other parties

Greater Manchester Energy Efficiency GrantsFull details                                                                                            The grant offers Greater Manchester based SME’s funding of up to £12,500 (up to 50% of the total project cost) to implement an energy saving project. Project end: September 2021

The Rampion FundFull 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.

The Architectural FundFull details
Not-for-private-profit and the lowest tiers of local government can apply for funding of up to £15,000.

Local Enterprise and Apprenticeship Platform (LEAP)Full details
Arun District Council is currently offering apprenticeship grants and business grants of up to £2,000 for businesses based in Arun.

Garfield Weston FoundationFull 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.

Chichester District Council Grant ProgrammeFull details
Applications can be made for the following areas: Economy, Improving Places and Spaces, and Targeted Projects to benefit residents in greatest need. Application deadlines are quarterly. Any applications of less than £1000 can be ‘fast tracked’.

Grow It AwardsFull details
Offers financial help to social entrepreneurs to advance their business venture. Tailored support and expert advice with grants of up to £15,000.

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.

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.

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.

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Utilise Plus Case Study: Park Cameras

Based in Burgess Hill, Park Cameras sells photography equipment, as well as offering printing services and photography courses. In early 2019, Park Cameras received a Utilise Plus grant from the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC to install energy-saving LED lights. This followed a fully-funded Utilise Plus energy audit they received in late 2018. Funded by the […]


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