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LEAP Small Business Grants

LEAP is currently closed to applications

LEAP grants are a small injection of funding aimed at start-ups and small businesses based in the Horsham District, with less than 20 FTE employees. You will need to match fund the grant funding by contributing towards a small proportion of your total project cost with your own investment.

We are currently finalising the eligibility requirements for the next round of LEAP. The following is an overview of what conditions you would need to meet in order to apply:

  • Registered with Companies House or HMRC
  • Less than 20 employees (FTE)
  • Located in Horsham District
  • Match funding (tbc)
  • Must have a fully costed, 3-year business plan

This page will be kept up-to-date with news and information on when the programme will be launched and the criteria for applying.

Apply for LEAP funding

Applying is easy. All you will need to do is fill in our online application form and include the following:

  • Details of the project you are applying for and how it will help grow your business
  • The timescale of the project you are intending to use the funding for
  • A breakdown of how you will use the grant, plus your own financial contributions
  • Your fully costed, 3-year business plan

Grant money release dates

The release date for the next round of LEAP funding is currently under review. To make sure you're the first to know when the next LEAP funding round opens, sign up to our Business email newsletter

If you have any queries, please contact our Economic Development Team at BusinessDevelopment@horsham.gov.uk

East Clayton Farm

"We had a LEAP Grant to develop our donkey walking website and leaflet and a grant to help link our opportunities with wider tourism offers," says Jean Rolfe, CEO of East Clayton Farm. The organisation is a charity that provides a range of accommodation and activities on site for vulnerable people. The donkey walks are a way for the charity to raise more money to grow their work.

"The grants were very helpful and supported the development of an idea that we needed seed funding to implement," says Jean. "The donkey walking is proving hugely successful and Horsham District Council have played an integral role in supporting this opportunity."