Growing Places Fund

Helping to kickstart development projects.

Our Growing Places Fund provides loan-funding to help kick-start and support development projects across Suffolk and Norfolk. From innovation centres that will help launch new start-ups to transforming empty land into new homes and commercial premises, the Fund provides infrastructure loan funding to projects that might otherwise have stalled or not started at all.

Appraisal process

Once appraised, projects will be presented to the LEP Board or its Investment Appraisal Committee for approval and the board will determine whether to approve or reject each application.

Successful projects will receive a full funding agreement which will define the expectations and responsibilities of the delivery body, the mechanism for issuing funding and the obligations of the applicant in terms of outputs and outcomes to be delivered.

For more details, please contact Iain Dunnett, Growing Places Fund Coordinator, [email protected].

Cultural Tourism

Cultural Tourism

Look Sideways-East is a cultural tourism initiative which aims to ‘establish Norfolk and Suffolk as ‘must-see’ destinations’
£30,000

The Nest – Norfolk Community Hub

The Nest – Norfolk Community Hub

The Nest will be a multi-purpose community hub, driving inclusivity, health and wellbeing.
250,000

The New Wolsey Campus

The New Wolsey Campus

Development plans at New Wolsey Theatre include a redesign of Theatre Square, the creation of a new community space, and the refurbishment of its front of house area.
£225,000

St Peters Cultural Venue

St Peters Cultural Venue

The project plans include the reinstatement of a mezzanine gallery which will provide extra seating, space for meetings, exhibitions and educational projects.
£226,000

The Old Hospital – Southwold

The Old Hospital – Southwold

Redevelopment of the Old Southwold Hospital
£150,000

Atex Park

Atex Park

Development of Atex Business Park in Stowmarket
£630,000

Saxmundham Creative Industries Hub

Saxmundham Creative Industries Hub

Refurbishment of building as a creative industries hub and workspace
£50,000

Centre 81

Centre 81

Development of a facility providing for the development of skills and employability opportunities for the disabled client group in and around Gt Yarmouth
£250,000

Hawk & Owl Trust

Hawk & Owl Trust

The Hawk and Owl Trust is a UK charity dedicated to conserving owls and birds of prey in the wild and increasing knowledge and understanding of them
£100,000

Winerack

Winerack

£5m to kick start the redevelopment of the Winerack building on Ipswich Waterfront.
£5m

North Walsham, formerly HL Food Site

North Walsham, formerly HL Food Site

To unlock redevelopment of a former canning factory on the outskirts of North Walsham.
£2.3m

Ipswich Flood Defence

Ipswich Flood Defence

The defence measures now under construction will protect around 1,500 existing homes.
£6.6m

Barton Mills

Barton Mills

This project has redeveloped the current Barton Mills roundabout.
£500,000

Kings Lynn Innovation Centre

Kings Lynn Innovation Centre

This project will produce a transformational hub for business information, growth and manufacturing excellence.
£3m

Pasta Foods

Pasta Foods

Capital loan to help facilitate the expansion of a significant Norfolk business, the only UK manufacturer of dried pasta and potato projects.
£2.39m

Norwich Writers Centre

Norwich Writers Centre

To develop Norwich’s Grade 1 listed historic Dragon Hall.
£150,000

Haverhill Research Park

Haverhill Research Park

A joint project with Greater Cambridgeshire, Great Peterborough LEP.
£2m

Kesgrave Hall

Kesgrave Hall

Refurbishment and expansion of underutilised function room at Kesgrave Hall into a dedicated conference centre and events room.
£300,000

University of East Anglia Enterprise Centre

University of East Anglia Enterprise Centre

The UEA Enterprise Centre is a new development on the UEA campus near Norwich. 
£250,000

Norwich University of the Arts (Ideas Factory)

Norwich University of the Arts (Ideas Factory)

An existing building has been converted in Norwich, as part of the Norwich University of the Arts campus, into an incubator to facilitate start-ups by companies in the digital creative sector.
£200,000

Heritage Home of Horseracing

Heritage Home of Horseracing

By February 2016 21 jobs created, by March 2017 37,500 individual visitors to Newmarket.
£250,000

Holkham Estate

Holkham Estate

Workshops and business unit as phase 2 of a rural business development.
£120,000

The Maltings

The Maltings

This is a project to convert and refurbish the building into bespoke office facilities.
£600,000

Carlton Marshes

Carlton Marshes

The creation of a new nature reserve in the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.
£250,000

Great Yarmouth Borough Council – Proserv

Great Yarmouth Borough Council – Proserv

Artemis House was officially unveiled on 22nd of May, 2018.
£1.5m

Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England

Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England

A £13m project to redevelop Norwich Castle’s Keep, transforming it back to its original 12th century layout and making it accessible throughout.
£500,000

National Centre for Thomas Gainsborough

National Centre for Thomas Gainsborough

An extension project for the National Centre for Thomas Gainsborough.
£250,000

The Hold – Suffolk Archives Services

The Hold – Suffolk Archives Services

The development will provide seminar rooms and a 200 seat auditorium for use by UoS and/or rental.
£250,000

Great Yarmouth Venetian Waterways

Great Yarmouth Venetian Waterways

To provide an economically viable legacy for the local community, visitors and tourists.
£250,000

Releasing the Sutton Hoo Story

Releasing the Sutton Hoo Story

The project will develop skills through a dynamic and layered activity programme.
£200,000
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Great Yarmouth Venetian Waterways case study

“We look forward to seeing one of our unique heritage gems and community assets being restored over the coming year under the hands of our contractors and volunteers. We would like to thank the skilled team who have made this ground-breaking a reality, as well as our project funders, the Heritage Lottery Fund, New Anglia LEP and MHCLG.”

– Cllr Graham Plant and Cllr Trevor Wainwright

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