East Sussex Business grants and loans

Economic Intervention and Capital Funds

East Sussex Invest 4 (ESI4)

Business Growth Funding – see guidelines

Scheme Enabling Fund (SEF, incorporating Catalysing Stalled Sites fund – CaSS)

The Scheme Enabling Fund (incorporating CaSS) is now closed for applications. It is planned to reopen the fund in April/May 2017.

The fund is an East Sussex County Council one-off capital fund designed to:

  1. help finance feasibility studies and business case development to support schemes that are not viable without public support, to enable them to apply for public funding (e.g. Local Growth Fund);
  2. unlock stalled employment and housing sites that have site-specific reasons for remaining undeveloped with loan or equity share finance.

The guidance notes can be downloaded here: SEF and CaSS guidance notes Sep 2016

Email economicintervention.fund@eastsussex.gov.uk for an Expression of Interest (EOI) form.

Commercial Property Fund

See guidelines: Upgrading Empty Commercial Property Fund

Capital fund to assist bringing back into use unused commercial property.

All enquiries to Locate East Sussex at: enquiries@locateeastsussex.org.uk

Locate East Sussex

Locate East Sussex supports growing businesses in East Sussex and provides assistance with location decisions and access to funding to accelerate growth as well as providing valuable connections to local planning and economic development teams.

Locate East Sussex contributes to the creation of a more desirable environment for the growth of new and existing businesses throughout the county, as well as promoting inward business migration.

Locate East Sussex offers clear and impartial advice at no cost to businesses that seek its support.

Other sources of funding

Additional sources of business finance are available from our partners, the Let’s Do Business Group. Whether you’re a start-up looking to kick-start your new venture, an established business looking to grow or an enterprise requiring premises funding, they can help.

Some business organisations give out grants to businesses for things like training and environmental improvements, including grants for not-for-profit organisations.