The Coast to Capital LEP area Growth Grant Programme is a capital expenditure grant. The grant stimulates and brings forward investment descisions 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.

The 2018/2019 is closed, however we are happy to take enquiries for the 2019/20 Growth Grant Programme now. Please note new documentation will be issued in due course. 


Enquiries from all sectors are welcome, but the Programme would particularly like to see applications from companies in the following sectors (identified as key for the Coast to Capital region economy):

  • Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Environmental Technologies, Goods and Services
  • Creative, Digital and IT (CDIT)
  • Healthcare, Medical Technology and Life Sciences
  • Professional and Business Services
  • Food and Drink Manufacturer


The proposed new activity must be additional to existing business activity.

Please note: start-up businesses, property owners and those in the retail/wholesale sector are not eligible for this programme.


Eligibility Criteria


  • Grants of between £10,000 and £170,000 (subject to de minimus) can be available to businesses, on a match-funded basis
  • Equivalent to a maximum of 40% of the total project costs
  • Only capital expenditure items are grant eligible
  • Applicant businesses will need to provide at least 60% of the total project costs and confirm they have these funds available.

This is a grant of last resort. Applicants will be expected to evidence that they cannot source the gap in project funding from other sources.   


To be eligible businesses must:

  • Show how the grant will lead to improved productivity resulting in business growth of at least 20% per annum, over the next three years


  • Introducing an innovative product or exploiting new technology to access new markets


  • Be able to demonstrate that they have fully explored other sources of funding, without success


  • Show other investment alongside the grant. The grant can provide up to a maximum of 40% of the total project costs (to a maximum £170,000). Businesses will need to provide the remaining match-funding.


For example, for a total project costing £850,000, the grant could contribute £170,000 (20%) towards the project. The business would need to provide the remaining 80%. Other forms of investment could be; retained profits, loans, shareholders’ investment or equity finance.


  • Show how the proposed new activity is additional to existing business activity and  to the local economy


  • Social Enterprises must show they are adding social value and priority will be given those that can evidence some of the above criteria as well


  • Have premises in, or be planning to re-locate in the Coast to Capital LEP areas of:
Adur & Worthing Borough
Arun District
Brighton & Hove
Chichester District
Crawley District
Epsom and Ewell Borough
Horsham District
Lewes District
Mid Sussex District
Mole Valley District
Reigate and Banstead Borough
Tandridge District Council



To discuss potential projects or request more information on the eligibility criteria, please contact the Growth Hub Team on 01403 333840 and speak to your local Account Manager.


Alternatively, you can email your enquiries to


Eligibility criteria and terms and conditions will apply.


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