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Funding & Incentives

Latest Funding Schemes

  • Kent & Medway Business Fund offers 0% loans from £50,000 to £500,000.   
  • South East Creatives offers between £1k and £20k in match-funding. These grants can cover up to 35% of project costs with the rest of the cost to come from private sources. The average-sized grants are between £1k and £3k. Grants over £8k need to have a strong business case and outcomes, such as job creation. 
  • European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) Growth Programme National Reserve Fund is a £35 million fund to boost rural productivity and create local jobs. The new calls will be in the three themes of Business Development, Food Processing and Rural Tourism Infrastructure. For this funding round of the Growth Programme, the threshold for minimum grants has come down from £35k to £20k, meaning that more small or micro-businesses can be eligible for a grant for their projects. 
  • The Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE) programme is supported by the European Regional Development Fund to provide a free business support programme in the South East. Its aim is to help businesses become more competitive and profitable while protecting the environment and encouraging low carbon solutions. To do this, LoCASE provides grants for businesses of up to £20k as well as training workshops and fully funded events. 

Town Centre Business Grants (Dover District Council)

Dover District Councils new Town Centre Business Grants scheme offers up to £10,000 to bring commercial properties back into use, or to upgrade or improve the appearance of empty premises in designated town centre areas in Dover, Deal and Sandwich. 

For more information, please see the Town Centre Business Grants page. 

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