Business grants and funding

We aim to support our local economy as much as possible and know that it's not always easy to get the business funding you need.

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Business Builder Programme

This is a support programme we are operating in both Broadland District Council and South Norfolk Council areas to help local businesses to grow and prosper, adding to the local economy - and now with a recently added Rural Capital Grant component.

We will provide entrepreneurs looking to start-up in business with access to quality advice and support – including paid for use of a comprehensive online business start-up training package. Going through our Foundation programme first will get you on a better footing to be able to apply for grant support later on, once you start your business.

For businesses that are already trading we will provide access to grant funding backed up and coupled with access to specialist mentoring and training courses at the Council’s Carrowbreck training centre.

The Rural Business Builder Capital Grant programme offers businesses the opportunity to submit an expression of interest to be considered for grant funding to part fund a capital expenditure project. In some cases this can provide a greater value of funding support.

Find out more about all the above support under the Business Builder programme

View our case studies to find out how we have helped businesses through Business Builder

Building Futures

This scheme, available across both South Norfolk and Broadland, aims to increase the number of new apprenticeships offered through the provision of incentive grants, training and wraparound apprenticeship support. £2000 incentives are available, as well as, enhanced grants of £5,000 are available for businesses hiring onto a 'Dark Green' apprenticeship.

In addition to financial support, businesses will receive a free skills analysis and practical support to pick the right apprenticeship and provider. Employer eLearning is also included to help support the apprentice and free training on the fundamentals of sustainable business operations.

Find out more here

New Anglia LEP funding

Business Transition to Net Zero

Business Transition to Net Zero is aimed at businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk with ambitions to reduce their carbon footprint and increase productivity with consultancy to support your business.

Contact New Anglia LEP for more information.

Business Start-Up Grant

As part of the Start-up programme, Norfolk County Council and BIPC have recently launched a Business Start-Up Grant to help aspiring Norfolk business owners get their businesses up and running successfully.

Start-up and recently established small and micro businesses (trading for less than 24 months and under £250,000 projected first year turnover), based in Norfolk, may apply for grants of between £300 and £1500 to assist with the purchase of equipment, stock, marketing or professional services that will kick-start establishing the business.

Grants may be used to fund projects or activities costing in the range of £400 to £2500, with a self-invested applicant contribution required of 25% (for projects of £400-£500), 30% (for projects of £501-£1000) or 40% (for projects of £1001-£2500).

To find out more about the grant, email MENTA at

Find out more about funding and useful information that may be available through organisational partners.

Find out more about energy and electric vehicle support and funding opportunities that may be available to your business.

Economic Development

Telephone: 01603 980441