Time running out to apply for financial help

Businesses and charities have less than 10 days to claim their share of a £530,000 pot to help them recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Applications for funding will close on Friday, August 14 – and any money not distributed will be returned to the Government.

And to help as many local firms as possible, Rother District Council has agreed to extend the scheme to cover businesses who didn’t previously meet the criteria for grants.

These include cultural and tourist venues, hospitality and leisure sectors, small campsites, and entertainment industries.

Cllr Christine Bayliss, portfolio holder for regeneration, urged those who were yet to benefit from the emergency Government funding to apply.

“We need to ensure that as many charity and businesses are given the financial support they need during these difficult times, and have £530,000 remaining to distribute in a second round of funding,” she said.

Cllr Bayliss said 2,000 firms had already been supported with the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality fund. A further 76 organisations had also benefitted from the Discretionary Grant fund.

“Businesses and charities are facing unprecedented challenges following restrictions put in place to slow the spread of Covid-19,” she added.

Click here for details of the grant scheme, criteria, and how to apply.

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