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 £56m) of ESIF funding for the period 2014-2020.
  • *£27m European Regional Development Fund (ERDF);
  • *£25m European Social Fund (ESF), and;
  • *£4m European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).


  • FSE Funding Escalator Fund - Coast to Capital has committed £5 million to create a new funding escalator comprising a loan scheme and an equity fund managed by The FSE Group. If you are an ambitious SME based in the Coast to Capital region with the potential to deliver high growth and employment opportunities, you may be eligible to apply.


  • 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.


  • West Sussex LEADER Grants - The LEADER scheme is part of the Rural Development Programme. Grant funding is awarded to local businesses and organisations to help them carry out projects which create jobs and benefit the rural economy.


  • Growth Grant Programme 2018-2019 - The Coast to Capital LEP region Growth Grant Programme is a capital equipment (capex) grant. The grant provides last resort investment to part-fund projects undertaken by innovative, high growth small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises in the Coast to Capital LEP area. Eligible projects will result in an increased turnover of at least 20% per annum and improved productivity in the company and wider economy.

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