Funding update for Norfolk businesses

As more businesses begin to re-open their doors and look for new opportunities in the face of COVID-19 recovery we have highlighted several possible funding sources to support their future plans.

BBC Children in Need Covid Next Steps Grant Programme 
Grants up to £80,000 for organisations working with disadvantaged children who have been particularly affected by the pandemic. 

BEE Anglia 
Grants up to £20,000 (up to 40% of total cost) for projects which reduce the carbon footprint of a business; could help businesses trying to reduce their regular costs in the light of Covid-19.  Contact the programme for advice and support. 

Big Society Capital Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund  
An initial £25m available for 12 month interest free loans, administered by Social Investment Business for Big Society Capital, with further funding to be released in future.    

Clean Growth Fund 
A new £40m Clean Growth Fund has been launched, with funding from Government and from one of the UK’s largest charity investors, CCLA.  Clean Growth Investment Management (CGIM) are managing the Fund, which makes investments into start-up companies developing clean energy solutions.  

Coronavirus Future Fund for innovative companies. 
This scheme will issue convertible loans between £125,000 to £5 million to innovative companies which are facing financing difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak.  Launches Wednesday 20 May, detailed information available via the British Business Bank here.  

Community Action Norfolk
Community Action Norfolk provide guidance and support to charities and community organisations.   They produce a monthly funding newsletter and can help find funding.  For more information or to sign up please email  

Coronavirus Community Support Fund 
£200m of grants now available to small to medium sized charities supporting communities in response to Covid 19. 

Covid-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Response Fund 
Grants from Historic England up to £25,000 to enable urgent repairs to listed buildings to enable them to re-open to the public after lockdown. 

Defra funding for dairy farmers announced 
Up to £10,000 grant for dairy farmers whose businesses are suffering from reduced milk demand, to cover 70% of lost income in April and May.  Fund will open for applications from 18 June.   

Funding for satellite-based innovative health solutions 
£2.6m funding for satellite-enabled technology and services that strengthen the NHS response to coronavirus.  UK Space Agency and European Space Agency (ESA) in support of NHS England. 

Future Flight Challenge Phase 2 
Innovate UK funding for large partnership projects (above £500K) to develop new aviation systems and/or vehicle technologies.  These could include drones, urban air mobility vehicles or electric regional aircraft.  Deadline 1 July. 

Good Finance Resource Hub for Charities and Social Enterprises 
Useful listings of funding sources and funding advice for charities and social enterprises.   Be aware that not all the funding sources listed may be up to date. 

Heritage Emergency Fund

£50m available from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for previous or current grant recipients, to support them to protect heritage and maintain heritage businesses.   Also £1.2m Digital Skills for Heritage initiative to help the sector to adapt to greater online delivery. 

Innovate UK Designing sustainable plastics solutions  
Grants up to £80,000 for business-led projects which reduce the harm which plastics do to the environment.  Deadline 16 September.  

Innovate UK EUREKA: Healthy Ageing funding call 
Support of up to £500,000 for digital health and smart technology innovations which enable healthy ageing.   Applicants must have at least one international partner from a EUREKA participating nation. 

Innovate UK coronavirus business support package 
Continuity grants and loans to help existing Innovate UK grant holders. As part of this package, additional support to innovative high-growth companies is also available from the Enterprise Europe Network; contact the Growth Hub for more information on this.  

LEAP: Small emergency loan programme for food businesses 
£5,000-£20,000 loans from FEA (Funding Enlightened Agriculture) for community food businesses and agroecological growers.   

Morrisons Foundation 
Grants up to £10,000 for charities which work with homeless people, for projects responding to the Covid-19 emergency. 

Nationwide Community Grants 
Grants from £10,000-£50,000 for local housing projects from charitable organisations that will strengthen local communities to support the most vulnerable.  

Pay it Forward from Crowdfunder 
Free to use crowdfunding service, helping businesses to source financial support. 

Power to Change £7m rescue package for community businesses 
Funding available to community businesses which have previously had Power to Change funding, or been supported by Power to Change partners including the Plunkett Foundation.   Applications open from 11 May. 

Sport England Innovation Open Call 
Grants up to £50,000 and support and advice offered to projects with innovative solutions to reducing health inequalities around sport and exercise during the pandemic. 

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund 
Grants and support for 18-30 year olds who are self-employed or running their own businesses.   

UKRI Covid 19 research and innovation funding  
UK Research and Innovation grants of up to 80% of the total project cost of initiatives to develop solutions to the consequences of the Covid 19 outbreak where a rapid path to funding is needed.   For help looking at the full range of Innovate UK funding, contact the Growth Hub. 

UK Seafood Innovation Fund 
Government grant programme for projects which support the fishing industry, including innovative approaches to developing local supply chains.  Call for applications ends 26 June. 

Youth Futures grants programmes 
A range of grants for charities working to support young people from the new Youth Futures Foundation. 

Zoos Support Fund  
Up to £100,000 grant payable over 3 months, aimed at smaller licensed zoos and aquariums to support them with the direct costs of caring for animals.   

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