Community renewal fund

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New Anglia LEP has secured funding from the UK Community Renewal Fund.

The funding worth £2.2m will be used to deliver two pilot projects through to June 2022 across Norfolk and Suffolk.

The UK Community Renewal Fund aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.


Road to Net Zero Business Support Programme


This is a pilot project designed to pro-actively pivot business support and grants to support businesses towards Net Zero. It will provide:

  • Grants from £1,000-£25,000, at a 75% intervention rate, to support businesses towards Net Zero with measurable practical interventions. Details of the grant programme will be published soon.
  • Consultancy from our pool of procured experts for businesses. Business audits will help identify the net zero ‘first step’. Details of the consultancy support will be published soon.
  • A dedicated trained resource within the New Anglia Growth Hub and the Chambers of Commerce.
  • Evidence mapping sectoral opportunities in the net zero journey from UEA in partnership with University of Suffolk.
  • Online toolkits/resources for partners to share/promote in their peer groups to support and enhance direct support and to showcase best practice.
  • A Net Zero Challenge Fund

Partners in the project include New Anglia LEP, the New Anglia Growth Hub, Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils, Suffolk and Norfolk Chambers of Commerce, UEA and the University of Suffolk, Groundwork East, Eastern New Energy and Greater South East Energy Hub.

To find out more, contact [email protected]


Self-employment support


This project will explore self-employment, provide support leading to self-employment or perhaps back into employment.

The project will operate across Norfolk and Suffolk, with a particular focus on disadvantaged communities: there is additional support offered in East Suffolk and in Great Yarmouth.

It will offer crucial self-employment support as businesses emerge from the furlough scheme and many individuals are reconsidering career choices as a result.

The project targets both employed and unemployed people – reaching out to those currently on furlough or who are under-employed and economically vulnerable, as well as to unemployed people.

Partners in the project include New Anglia LEP, Menta, Nwes, East Suffolk Council and Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

To find out more, contact:

Nwes               [email protected]

Menta           [email protected]