Funding, in the form of grants or loans, is available to support you whether you are just starting up in business or already run a business and want to expand.

Applying for grants

To make the process of applying for grants easier, we have put together a top tips guide.

To discuss your specific needs or to find out more about potential sources of funding, call one of the Economic Growth Team on 01263 516009 or email

The Norfolk County Council grants and funding page also has further information. 

View the top tips guide

UK Community Renewal Fund

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership has secured £2.2 million of funding from the UK Community Renewal Fund. This funding will help deliver two pilot projects across Norfolk and Suffolk through to June 2022. The fund aims to support the people and communities most in need across the UK. It will help pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

View the government's FAQs for the UK Community Renewal Fund.

Road to Net Zero Business Support Programme

Road to Net Zero will support Norfolk and Suffolk businesses to access grants for projects that will deliver carbon saving reductions. It will provide:

  • grants from £1,000 to £25,000, covering up to 75% of the costs, supporting businesses towards net zero
  • consultancy from business experts, business audits will help identify the first step towards net zero
  • a dedicated trained resource within the New Anglia Growth Hub and the Chambers of Commerce
  • evidence mapping support from UEA, in partnership with the University of Suffolk
  • online toolkits and resources for partners to share and promote
  • Net Zero Challenge Fund

Got a question?

To find out more, read the Road to Net Zero FAQs or contact

Self-employment support

This project run by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership will provide support for people, leading to either self-employment or back into employment. It will offer crucial support as businesses end the furlough scheme and many people are reconsidering career choices. The project will operate across Norfolk and Suffolk, focusing on disadvantaged communities. It will target both employed and unemployed people. In particular, those who are under-employed and economically vulnerable.

Get in touch

To find out more, contact:

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DRIVE funding

Delivering Rural Investment for Vital Employment (DRIVE) is a new business mentoring and funding programme. It is for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that impact the rural economy in Norfolk and Suffolk. The funding helps SMEs to invest in new projects for growth and expansion.


If you employ less than 250 people and have an annual turnover below £42.5 million, you could apply for a grant. 

Examples of projects you could spend grant money on include:

  • buying new machinery or equipment
  • business expansion
  • technology upgrades
  • tourism development

What does the programme offer?

DRIVE provides applicants with an opportunity to invest in a new business project that focuses on creating new employment. Each applicant can apply for a grant of up to 40% of a project’s total costs, between £5,000 and £30,000.

All businesses accepted onto the programme get 12 hours of free business mentoring and support for their plans before applying for a DRIVE grant.

Get in touch

Please contact or call 01603 222643 to check your eligibility.