Funding Opportunities There are many funding opportunities available so it can be difficult to identify the right one for your business. Our team of experienced advisers can do this for you and will also help you to get your application right. Call 0300 333 6536 to speak to an adviser.

Grants to support businesses in winter 2021/22

Additional Restrictions Grants and the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure grant are still available in many areas.

Visit your local council website for details:

Norwich City Council

North Norfolk District Council

West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Borough Council

Great Yarmouth Borough Council

South Norfolk and Broadland Councils

Breckland Council

Ipswich Borough Council

East Suffolk Council

West Suffolk Council

Babergh and Mid Suffolk Council


Funding and support for businesses and specific sectors

COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) West Suffolk Council
Phase two CARF applications are now open

Your Big Idea

This new grant from Norfolk Community Foundation supports established charities/CICs/Social Enterprises in Norfolk, employing fewer than 250 people, to develop and test new ideas. Grants up to £10,000.

Go Digital

The project matches businesses with an experienced business advisor for 1-to-1 support and the chance to apply for vouchers of up to £500. Whether you want to sell more products online, start or improve your social media, or get advice on digital software, this is your chance for free expert advice backed by Norfolk County Council’s business growth team and 350 other businesses who have been on the programme already. 

DRIVE offers 12 hours of business mentoring to rural businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk, leading to a grant opportunity of £5,000 to £30,000 towards up to 40% of project costs. 

Grants from £1,000 to £20,000 to part-fund the development of a new product or service in the construction and built environment sector.   Alongside specialist sector support.   Not primarily marketed in Norfolk and Suffolk but any companies can apply.   

Go Digital 
Support, advice and small grants for SMEs in Norfolk keen to improve their digital skills and services 

Sustainable Farming Incentive – pilot funding stream for greener land management actions.  Agreements start from October 2021 for successful schemes. 

Future Farming Resilience Fund will open in August to support farmers through the agricultural transition.  Details of support providers are here and eligible businesses are urged to contact them as soon as possible. 

Farming In Protected Landscapes programme – provides funding for nature recovery and countryside access projects in AONB and National Parks, including the Broads.  Runs July 2021 to March 2024. 

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund 
Grants and support for 18-30 year olds who are self-employed or running their own businesses.  

TALE: support for the logistics sector 
Webinars and tailored business support for the logistics sector, including advice on adapting business models for Covid-19. 


Funding to enable Clean Growth  
BEE Anglia 
Grants up to £20,000 (up to 40% of total cost) for projects which reduce the carbon footprint of a business; could help businesses trying to reduce their regular costs in the light of Covid-19.  Contact the programme for advice and support.   

Low Carbon Innovation Fund 
This co-investment initiative worth over £100 is aimed at SMEs in the East of England developing or deploying environmentally beneficial technologies.   Businesses interested in becoming investment ready should also look at the investor-led advice programme Invest East


Funding for innovation and innovative companies 

KEEP+ innovation grant funding 
50% towards the cost of knowledge exchange between an SME and a university or other research institution.  Can also enable the purchase of consultancy services for innovation activity from the academic or private sector.     

Space to Innovate Campaign – Alpha Drop 
The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory(Dstl) Space Programme is seeking proposals that can aid UK Defence and Security to develop future space technologies. The objective is to fund research into space technologies that may not otherwise be developed within the civil space industry. Challenges will run as a series of ‘drops’ running throughout 2021 and 2022. 

Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) 
DASA runs a rolling open call for innovative projects in a range of themed areas.  Worth investigating for businesses which may have innovations relevant to the Defence sector. 

Clean Growth Fund 
A £40m Clean Growth Fund has been launched, with funding from Government and from one of the UK’s largest charity investors, CCLA.  Clean Growth Investment Management (CGIM) are managing the Fund, which makes investments into start-up companies developing clean energy solutions.  

Good Food Fund  

A new business accelerator and venture fund backing healthier food and drink brands which help tackle childhood obesity. 

Innovation Grant Mentoring for businesses in Norfolk 
Free support programme to help businesses in Norfolk apply for innovation funding. 


Funding platforms 

Pay it Forward from Crowdfunder 
Free to use crowdfunding service, helping businesses to source financial support. 

Funding platform for ideas that bring local places to life.  Can match funds raised through their partner funders. 


Funding opportunities for charities, communities and social enterprises 

Community Ownership Fund is a new scheme from the Government enabling communities to purchase and run assets and amenities for the benefit of local people.  Several rounds of funding to 2024-5.    

Community Action Norfolk provide guidance and support to charities and community organisations.   They produce a monthly funding newsletter and can help find funding.  For more information or to sign up please email  

Community Action Suffolk have a regularly updated resource for funding for charities and social enterprises affected by Covid 19.  

Good Finance Resource Hub for Charities and Social Enterprises 
Useful listings of funding sources and funding advice for charities and social enterprises.   Be aware that not all the funding sources listed may be up to date. 

Community Shares 

Advice, support and booster funding for community projects looking at community investment options. 


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