Grants available to help local businesses

Local employers are being offered grants to encourage and support them to provide jobs for vulnerable people.

East Sussex County Council is giving the grants to small and medium sized businesses or organisations, employing up to 250 people.

Vulnerable adults can include a variety of people, including those with learning disabilities, and who receive support from the council’s Adult Social Care department.

In total there is £130,000 available, with a maximum grant of £10,000 for each employer that is successful. The minimum grant will be £3,000.

Details can be found on the county council website, which includes guidance on how to fill in the application form and other grants available.

Applicants would normally only apply for one grant, although there may be exceptions, particularly for job creation projects.

Completed application form should be returned by email to and the closing date for applications for a grant to employ vulnerable adults is Friday December 7 at noon.

The fund complements the council’s £6m Economic Intervention Fund launched earlier this year promoting economic growth and new jobs in the county.

Councillor Bill Bentley, the lead member for Adult Social Care, said, “These grants are important for East Sussex, because they will provide an economic incentive for small and medium-sized business to grow and provide jobs, but also because vulnerable people in our community deserve the same opportunities as all of us to find work and to have a fulfilling life.

“In these difficult economic times it is important that East Sussex County Council supports local employers with the resources we have and encourage them to employ a diverse range of workers.

“I hope businesses will apply for this grant so we can all make a contribution to the prosperity and well being of the county”.

Each grant will be assessed by a panel of officers from the Economic Development and Skills team and the Adult Social Care department.

To apply for the funding the business or organisation must be based in East Sussex with most of the operations carried out in the county, it must be small or medium-sized, have up to 250 employees and financial information will need to be provided along with two years audited accounts including income and expenditure sheet and balance sheet, or new start-up businesses must provide most recent accounts.