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Funding for rural businesses

Delivering Rural Investment for Vital Employment (DRIVE) is a new capital grant programme being offered by Norfolk County Council in partnership with Suffolk County Council

DRIVE is a new business mentoring and funding support programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The programme supports businesses to help grow and develop Norfolk and Suffolk’s rural economy.

DRIVE provides local businesses with access to a capital grant to invest in new business development that leads to job creation.

You could receive:

  • Up to 12 hours of guidance from a Business Mentor to evaluate your business plans and DRIVE application
  • A grant between £5,000 and £30,000 (up to 40% of total project costs)

If you are a business with a project idea, go to About DRIVE for more information including who is eligible and how to apply.

Our Local Investment Boards page has information for Local Investment Board (LIB) members.

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Find out more about DRIVE

Find out more about DRIVE including who is eligible


Local Investment Boards

Find out more about Local Investment Boards

Local Investment Boards