Businesses forced to close under national coronavirus restrictions should claim a grant now

Thursday, 12 November, 2020

Businesses that have been forced to close as part of the current national restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus can now claim a grant through East Hampshire District Council.

Eligible businesses must have been open as usual, providing in-person services to customers from their business premises. Businesses that would have closed but have chosen to change their business to provide takeaway, click and collect or online with delivery services will still be eligible for the grant.

Depending on the rateable value of the property that has closed, grants will range from £1,334 to £3,000.

Businesses and venues that may qualify for these grants include:

  • Non-essential retail
  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites
  • Leisure and sports facilities
  • Entertainment venues
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons

The money has been provided through the Local Restrictions Support Grant fund.

Other eligibility criteria apply. When you complete the form, you will need to have your Business Rates bill and bank details to hand.

Councillor Richard Millard, Leader of East Hampshire District Council, said:

“The return of national restrictions will be another blow for businesses around the district that had started to recover from the first lockdown.

“These grants will serve as a lifeline for businesses that have been forced to close.

“It’s important for businesses that have found other ways to operate during the restrictions to be aware that they could still be entitled to these grants.”

For more information and to apply, visit our dedicated webpage.