Coast to Capital has a number of funding, grant and loan opportunities available to private sector and public sector organisations to support business growth in Croydon, East Surrey, Gatwick Diamond, Brighton & Hove, Lewes and West Sussex. This funding comes from our allocation from the Government's Growth Deal and the European Structural & Investment Fund which both support business growth.

Below is a list of the funding and grant opportunities currently available in the Coast to Capital area.



  • European Structural Investment Funds - Coast to Capital secured £63.2m of ESIF funding for the period 2014-2020.
  • *£31.1m European Regional Development Fund (ERDF);
  • *£28.3m European Social Fund (ESF), and;
  • *£3.8m European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).


  • Growing Places Investment Fund - Coast to Capital is seeking projects that have been stalled, due to the lack of investment, to come forward. The Board is calling both public and private sectors to take this opportunity to consider the schemes they may have on their books.The Board is looking for projects that will be ready to implement in the short term and will create or unlock job creation. The Fund is designed to be a revolving fund, so the process of receiving and evaluating projects will be an ongoing one.


  • Growth Grant Programme 2019-2020 - The Coast to Capital Growth Grant Programme is a capital equipment (capex) grant. The grant provides investment to part-fund projects that intoroduce innovation and improve productivity.  It is available for growing, established small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises in the Coast to Capital LEP area. 


  • Coast to Capital Backing Business Grants - a £2 million fund that has been set up to provide grants to small businesses and social enterprises in our area who have been affected by COVID-19. We anticipate that this fund will be able to help up to 400 organisations in the Coast to Capital area. Applications are open until the fund has been fully allocated. There are a number of other initiatives available through HM Government therefore, applicants are encouraged to make use of these where available to help their businesses.

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