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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.

LEAP Funding

  • Up to £2,000 match funding
  • Less than 20 FTE
  • Businesses based in Horsham District

C2C Growth Equity Fund

  • Small and medium size businesses
  • Between £50,000 to £200,000
  • Need to be based in Surrey or Sussex
  • Viable product or service

Utilise Plus

  • Grants between £1,000 – £5,000 for energy efficiency
  • 1/3 of total project expenditure
  • Small and medium enterprises
  • Associated energy saving workshops

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.

C2C Growth Grant

  • Grants between £40,000 and £170,000 on the basis of match funding
  • Open to all business sectors
  • Grant covers 40% of the total project cost
  • Only capital expenditure items are eligible

Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation

  • Must be a: registered business, charity, partnership or research organisation to apply
  • Must register with European Commission Participant Portal
  • For research and innovation activities
  • 79 billion euro fund available

Invest4Grant Funding

  • Match funding grants
  • Managed by Brighton and Hove City Council
  • Business grants from £2,000 to £170,000 can be secured

Funding Circle

The Funding Circle is an online peer-to-business lending platform connecting businesses and investors, giving businesses access to fast loans. Visit the Funding Circle website for further information.

Government funding

The Government website, GOV.UK, contains a wealth of information on the types of support available for small and start up businesses, including Start Up Loans. Find out more on their Finance and support for your business page.

ERDF Funding

  • Grants between £1,000 - £5,000 for new equipment, technology and specialist advice
  • Small and medium businesses
  • Fully funded by the government from the England European Regional Development Fund
  • Distributed through Coast to Capital

SDNP COVID-19 Recovery Grant Scheme

  • Cultural, tourism and food and drink businesses
  • Between £500 - £2,000
  • No requirement for match funding
  • Two rounds in August and September 2020