What is SUCCESS?

The South-East Urban Coast Creative Enterprise Support Scheme (SUCCESS) provides grants for new or expanding businesses that are creating jobs in the Hastings, Tendring, Thanet, Rother, Colchester, Canterbury and Dover local authority areas.

It is funded from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF), and aims to help businesses to grow and flourish, and create new jobs.

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What can be funded?

The grants are to support investment costs - ie the costs of starting up or growing your business. This can include extra staff costs, new or extended premises, and new equipment. These costs must be over and above your current general running costs, and they must also create new part or full time jobs, or safeguard existing jobs locally. (See FAQs for what counts as a job, and when)

The grant must also unlock investment that would not otherwise happen. You will need to demonstrate that you have pursued other reasonable forms of finance, including conventional bank loans.

How much is funded?

You can apply for between £3,000 and £150,000

A grant may be up to 50% of you total investment.

Who can apply?

To be eligible you must be planning to start up or expand your creative, cultural or leisure business, within the primary area of Hastings, Tendring or Thanet

In the Secondary areas of Rother, Colchester, Canterbury or Dover you must be looking to expand an existing creative business.
(See FAQs for more information)

You must be creating or safeguarding permanent part-time or full-time jobs. You must also be in a position to invest the required level of private sector funds

Your business must be (or intend to be) legally constituted and have a business bank account. This includes sole trader (self employed), partnership, limited company, community interest company, company limited by guarantee, industrial and provident society. Not for profit businesses, co-operatives and social enterprises are welcome to apply, as are charities as long as they have a trading arm under one of these legal entities.

Business size

You must be an SME (small-medium sized enterprise)

That means you must have fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of less than €50m, including any parent and subsidiary companies.

Location, location, location

The business growth activity must be located in one of the following local authority areas:


  • Hastings (& St Leonards)
  • Tendring (Clacton, Frinton, Harwich and environs)
  • Thanet (Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs and environs)


  • Rother
  • Colchester
  • Canterbury and Dover

See FAQs for a list of eligible postcodes

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