Business funding

Whether you are looking to start a business, relocate to Horsham District or expand your current premises, it’s important to assess your funding options. There are a number of funding schemes and business growth opportunities that can help you, and we've listed the key ones we're aware of here.

Business Rate Relief

  • Rate relief on property with rateable value less than £12,000
  • Incremental relief up to £15,000
  • Other forms of rate relief available to eligible businesses.

LEAP Funding

  • Match funding grants
  • Managed by Horsham District Council
  • Start-ups and small businesses based in Horsham District
  • Must have less than 20 FTE
  • Must have a fully costed, 3-year business plan

Rural England Prosperity Fund

The Rural Fund provides capital funding to:

  • Support new and existing rural businesses to develop new products and facilities that will be of wider benefit to the local economy
  • Support new and improved community infrastructure
  • Support projects in a rural area (excludes Horsham Town)

Arts Council England Funding

Arts Council England invest in art and culture for a lasting return. They offer multiple funding programmes for organisations, artists, events, initiatives and others to help achieve their strategy, Let's Create.

Workplace Charging Scheme

  • Government grant scheme
  • For eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations
  • Voucher-based scheme
  • For the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points

Coast to Capital

There are a range of grant and funding opportunities available to businesses located in the Coast to Capital area, including West Sussex.

Government grant funding

The ‘Find a Grant’ digital service is a single place for eligible individuals and organisations to find and apply for government grants and gain access to financial support.


Grantfinder is a database for all types of funding including loans, awards and grants to help local companies succeed and grow. Available at Crawley Library. Find out more on the West Sussex Libraries website.