Norfolk County Council offer a range of grants and funding to support businesses in our region.
We have compiled an overview of some of the funding options available.
Go Digital funding programme
This free support programme is aimed at micro, small and medium sized businesses in Norfolk who want to make better use of digital tools to help them grow.
It is intended to enable businesses to utilise digital tools more effectively, perhaps finding out how to
- Optimise online sales;
- Use social media to reach new customers;
- Attract new visitors to their website; or
- Work out the best homeworking options for their team.
As part of the programme, successful businesses will receive an experienced business mentor to help identify digital opportunities that align with their business goals. They will also receive a digital audit of their business and an action plan to identify digital priorities and next steps.
Once the digital action plan has been agreed with the advisor, they will be able to apply for a grant worth up to £500.
Applications are being dealt with on a first come, first served basis.
Arts grants and funding
A wide range of arts funding schemes are available to help support and promote culture, heritage and the arts.
Arts and culture fund for North Norfolk
North Norfolk District Council’s Arts and Culture Fund offers grants of up to £2,500 to voluntary organisations, parish and town councils and community businesses, social enterprises and other not-for profit organisations whose projects are based within North Norfolk. The fund is available for projects that predominately support the health and wellbeing of North Norfolk residents.
Applications for an Arts and Culture grant will be assessed three times a year, with the deadline for applications being the last Friday of June, October and February.
Innovation grant mentoring
This free innovation and mentoring project is designed to help businesses successfully apply for funding. Mentors and bid writing coaches help identify appropriate grants and then provide coaching in the art of bid writing, helping businesses to develop their funding application.
There are four different mentoring options, depending on each applicant’s needs. These range from step-by-step advice for businesses that have never applied for funding before, through to those that have applied but have been unsuccessful and those that want to work with a mentor with specific industry experience.
Energy efficiency grants
BEE (Business Energy Efficiency) Anglia offer free specialist advice and grants to support businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk to reduce their carbon footprint. Grants are available at up to 40% of the total project cost (or up to £20,000) for any upgrade or improvement that achieves an adequate energy saving.
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create high-quality job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment.
Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:
- 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months;
- Associated employer National Insurance contributions; and
- Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.
Every placement created will also get £1,500 funding to cover setup costs and supporting the young person to develop their employability skills.
The scheme runs until the end of December 2021.
Grants 4 Norfolk
This free search facility helps you to identify the different funding schemes available in our region.