“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 £5,000 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. Free Energy Audits are also available.
Energy Efficiency Grants: West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, Lewes, East Surrey, Croydon – Register your interest
The Sustainable Business Partnership CIC are in the final stages of securing EU funding to launch an Energy Efficiency Grants Scheme in the new year for SMEs in West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, Croydon and parts of Surrey. Click the link above to find out more and pre-register your interest.
Grant schemes run by other parties
Energy Efficiency Grants: Kent and Essex – Full details
Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 available to SMEs in Kent and Essex to cover up to 40% of the cost of installing energy efficiency measures. Part of the LoCASE programmme.
LoCASE Business Development Grants – Full details
Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 available to SMEs in the low-carbon and environmental sectors in Essex, Kent and East Sussex to cover up to 40% of the cost of business development activities, such as marketing, consultancy, equipment, IT software, licences, training and certification.
Carbon Trust Green Business Fund – Full details
Grants of between £750 and £10,000 available to SMEs to cover up to 30% of the cost of installing energy efficiency and renewable energy measures. A supplier from the Carbon Trust’s Green Business Directory must be used to complete the work.
Satander Internship Programme – Full details
£1,500 grants for SMEs to take on a graduate (or placement student) intern from the University of Brighton for three months. Free support to advertise the role also available.
Green Growth Platform Internship Programme – Full details
£1,000 grants for SMEs either in the environmental sector or any sector looking to undertake an environmental project towards the cost of a graduate intern, from any university, for a six week period.
Coast to Capital Business Growth Grants – Full details
Grants of between £15,000 and £100,000 to cover half the cost of capital projects, for example machinery, building works, ICT equipment, that will help the business expand and create jobs.
East Sussex Business Growth Fund – Full details
Grants of between £3,000 and £25,000 and loans of between £10,000 and £200,000 available. Match funding and job creation criteria.
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 between £2,500 and £50,000 to typically cover 40% total project cost available to help rural businesses grow and create jobs, especially through farm diversification or productivity increases, rural tourism or forestry.
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.