South East Creatives is a business development programme for small and medium sized businesses in the creative, cultural or digital sectors. It aims to support the creative industries across East Sussex, Kent and Essex and boost the region’s economy.

As we go into the autumn, South East Creatives have some exciting online events planned. You can find these at the South East Creatives website.

The grants programme offered by South East Creatives is drawing to a close and you will need to make any final applications by the 13th October. We will prioritise those companies that have already joined the programme and are eligible for grants but will offer others who are interested the opportunity to be put on a waiting list. Projects must be between £3000-£4000 (a maximum of £1400 grant) and be spending on items that will be fully claimed within the next two months. This is a competitive funding programme. There may be further calls if additional funding becomes available and we will reopen for applications.

If we have additional funding we will update this site so you are aware, or if you have applied to join the programme we will contact you directly.


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For further information about South East Creatives visit southeastcreatives.co.uk , email info@southeastcreatives.co.uk or email local co-ordinator Ben Morgan directly.

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Read  here how South East Creatives has helped local creative businesses transformed their passion and drive into business success.


What is South East Creatives?

South East Creatives is the  name of the South East Creative, Cultural and Digital Sector Project (SECCADS).

It is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2014 to 2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.

The programme aims to support more than 370 creative, digital and cultural companies and sole traders across East Sussex, Kent and Essex and give a £2.5m boost to the area’s economy.

Who is South East Creatives for?

South East Creatives is a business development programme for small and medium sized businesses in the creative, cultural or digital sectors. This includes industries such as:

  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Architecture
  • Crafts
  • Design: Product, Graphics and Fashiom
  • Film, TV, Radio
  • IT, Software, Gaming and Computer Services
  • Museums, Galleries and Libraries
  • Music and Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Publishing
  • Visual Arts

Businesses can be set up as limited companies or sole traders.

Is my business eligible for funding or support?

You will need to go through an eligibility check to make sure your business is eligible for funding, training or mentoring.

You will then be introduced to Ben Morgan, your local co-ordinator for the Rother and Hastings area, who will discuss the options available.

To find out more about eligibility for the programme, visit the South East Creatives website.

Where are the South East Creatives hubs?

The De La Warr Pavilion is one of a number of cultural hubs across East Sussex, Kent and Essex who have been appointed to support the programme. Others include Towner Art Gallery, Creative Folkestone, Resort Studios in Margate and partners based in Thurrock, Southend and Colchester.