Third and final round of business grants opens

Wednesday, 5 August, 2020

Businesses employing fewer than 50 people that have not qualified for other coronavirus-related grants can now apply to East Hampshire District Council for the third and final round of discretionary grants.

The criteria have again been extended to include properties with a rateable value of up to £100,000 and the rateable value limit has been removed for pubs.

Applications to the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund will close at midnight on Sunday 16 August.

The government has told councils that the coronavirus-related grant funding that they have been issuing will need to end on Friday 28 August, which will include: Small Business grants; Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grants; and discretionary grants. Businesses that qualify for Small Business or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grants should confirm their details to the council by Friday 21 August to ensure that they don’t miss out.

Councillor Ken Moon, EHDC portfolio holder for Economic Development and Rural Affairs, said:

“We have already given grants to more than 2,000 East Hampshire businesses but we believe there are still a few businesses that have not come forward to claim what they are entitled to or applied for a discretionary grant.

“After 28 August, we will probably have to give any remaining funds back to central government, but I would prefer local businesses to receive their share.”

“Lockdown may be easing, but I know a lot of businesses are still struggling. These grants won’t fix everything but could be the difference between a business folding or thriving post-coronavirus.”

Businesses looking for support through grants or information about other government schemes should visit: www.easthants.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support