South East Creative, Cultural and Digital Support (SECCADS) is a programme of support for the creative, cultural and digital sectors across Thurrock, Essex, Kent, and East Sussex.

Image of the Basildon for Business Brand LogoImage showing the South East Creative, Cultural and Digital Support programme brandImage showing the European Regional Development Fund Brand LogoSECCADS has received £2.578 million of funding from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds growth programme for 2014 to 2020. This will be match-funded with £2.578 million from a partnership of private and public sector sources.

About the programme

Between March 2019 and December 2020, the programme will help more than 370 companies and sole-traders with business support or grants, giving a £2.5 million boost to the creative economy in the south east of England.

SECCADS offers grants of between £1,000 and £20,000 to cover up to 35% of individual project costs.

The remaining 65% of project funding must come from private sources - for example, organisational profits, crowd-funding, trusts, foundations, a secured bank loan or personal contributions.

Grants to not have to be paid back - SECCADS offers equity-free investment.

Contact our Economic Development project team to find out how the programme could help you.

Programme partners

SECCADS is a partnership project between:

  • Thurrock Council - the accountable body

  • Essex County Council - the strategic partner

  • Colchester Borough Council - delivery partner

  • East Sussex County Council - delivery partner

  • Kent County Council - delivery partner

  • Medway Council - delivery partner

  • Southend-on-Sea Borough Council - delivery partner

  • University of Essex - delivery partner

For further information and enquiries