Other business support

We work in partnership with a number of funding organisations to support economic growth with access to grants, loans and financial investment to help your business grow.

Listed below is a selection of funding sources which may prove helpful to your business.

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Drive will offer businesses 12 hours of business mentoring to create project and business plans, after which the applicant will be able to apply for a capital grant of between £5,000 and £30,000, towards up to 40% of project costs.

Go Digital funding programme

Go Digital is for micro, small and medium sized businesses based in Norfolk who want to make better use of digital tools to help them grow.

Eastern new energy project

The programme is designed to help local enterprises (private and social) and other organisations across the region understand and remove the barriers that we all face in rapidly decarbonising our communities, buildings, transport and lives. This scheme is expected to close in late 2021.

New Anglia Growth Programme

Has a support directory where you can search for business funding options from local and national sources.

Growing Business Fund

Run by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership provides grants up to £500,000 for local businesses wanting to grow and create new jobs.

Small Grant Scheme

Run by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, this scheme offers grants from £1,000 to £25,000 to help grow your business. These normally cover up to 20% of your total project costs, but can cover up to 30% in some areas of Norfolk and Suffolk.

Innovative Projects Fund

Run by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, The Innovative Projects Fund is a revenue grant programme that provides funding towards innovative projects to support the delivery of the themes and activities identified in the Economic and Industrial Strategies.

Norfolk Community Foundation

Norfolk Community Foundation award grants for groups and individuals through a range of different Funds set up by local philanthropists who want to make a difference in their local community.

Innovation funding

Provided by GOV.UK to support development of an innovative product or service, with funding available between £25,000 and £10 million.

Driving the electric revolution – building talent for the future

Innovate UK’s Driving the Electric Revolution challenge, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £250,000 in projects building talent for the future. The aim of this competition is to fund several ideas that quickly fill immediate gaps in skills, talent and training for the power electronics, machines and drives industry. This competition will close at 11am on 15 September.

Arts grants and funding

Find more information here about funding schemes for arts projects across Norfolk.

SBRI: the Small Business Research Initiative

Delivered by Innovate UK this competition seeking to develop solutions that provide businesses with access to information on improving productivity. These solutions will help businesses at all levels (leaders, management and employees) access new opportunities to improve productivity levels where they work.

BEE Anglia

To support business related energy efficiency initiatives, provided by Business Energy Efficiency Anglia (BEE Anglia). Also offering expert advice and online training.  

Greater South East Energy Hub

Working with public sector organisations and their stakeholders to support the development and financing of local energy projects.

Growing Places Fund 

Helps kick-start and support development projects across Suffolk and Norfolk. From innovation centres that will help launch new startups, to transforming empty land into new homes and commercial premises, the fund provides infrastructure loan funding to projects that might otherwise have stalled or not started at all.

Corporation Tax: Research and development tax relief

Can help to reduce your company’s tax bill.

Techstars 'Anywhere Accelerator'

Techstars is a global ecosystem that helps start-up entrepreneurs bring new technologies to market and build sound and sustainable businesses, with equity funding and supplementary support, including mentorship. The closing date for applications on this scheme are 6 October 2021.

Heritage lottery fund

Funding is available from the heritage lottery fund for a broad range of projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK.

Carbon Trust Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator

The program is open to all sectors in the UK and is technology-neutral, targeting near-commercial innovations that will have the largest cross-sectoral impact on industrial energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.