LoCASE business growth grants

*Update on 12 January 2021: LoCASE is now open to businesses in East Sussex, and will shortly open to businesses in Brighton and Hove and West Sussex.*

The Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE) scheme provides businesses with a grant (that doesn’t have to be paid back) of up to £10,000.

LoCASE is delivered for Clean Growth UK members through our South East Hub, the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be an SME
  • Be based in East Sussex (excluding Brighton & Hove – sorry)
  • Have a commitment to helping tackle climate change.
  • From Q2 2021 we’re expecting funding to be available to businesses in the Coast to Capital region too.

Businesses from any sector can apply for a grant to improve their environmental performance and energy efficiency.

Businesses from environmentally focused sectors can apply for a grant to cover environmental performance and other business development projects, such as marketing, equipment or Covid -19 recovery.

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What can I buy?

The grant can cover 40% of expenditure towards your business growth, up to £10,000


Businesses in any sector
  • Energy efficiency and other environmental improvements


Businesses in environmental sectors

This includes business that install or sell green products or services, such as plumbing, electrical, waste, landscaping, environmental management and assessment, architecture, construction and water.

  • Energy efficiency and other environmental improvements
  • Marketing & website
  • Covid-19 recovery
  • IT, software & phone systems
  • Tools & equipment
  • Plant, machinery & facilities hire
  • Consultancy
  • Product development


How do I apply?

Applying for LoCASE money is simple…


1.Contact us to discuss your plans and what you’d like to buy.


2. We’ll help you complete the forms. You need to get two quotes for each item on your list, to ensure value for money.


3. Once your application is approved, you order and pay for each item.


4. You send us proof of purchase, and we’ll pay you the grant within 30 days – usually much sooner.

Contact us using the form at the bottom of this page to get the ball rolling.

Case Studies

Developing a new product

Akro Valve Ltd supply flow control valves and water distribution systems that deliver precise units of flow.

“LoCASE grant funding enabled the development of a new product that prevents water wastage, as it can’t be left turned on and is ideal for wider distribution overseas as well as in the UK market.

The funding and the advice we received, enabled us to bring an innovative new product to market and improve our processes and resource efficiency.”

Scaling up the business

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Reef Environmental specialise in confidential waste disposal, confidential paper shredding, recycling and trade waste removal. 

“We received a grant which was used to contribute towards the cost of new shredding and baling equipment. This helped us widen our capabilities and acquire new contracts which in turn meant that we could employ more staff. 

After going through a rigorous process, we were successful in getting a grant and we now have our new equipment and have just recruited our second employee as a result of this.” 

Check out our latest LoCASE grant clinic session video which ran in January

Contact us using the form below to get the ball rolling.

About LoCASE

LoCASE is a project to drive green business growth across East Sussex, Kent and Essex. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

Visit www.locase.co.uk for more information.

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