Two grant schemes available to businesses affected by the November coronavirus restrictions

Tuesday, 1 December, 2020

Businesses in East Hampshire now have two options available for grant support if they have been affected by the November coronavirus restrictions.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG)

The LRSG is for businesses that have been required to close by law and occupy a building for which they receive Business Rates bills.

So far, East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) has issued 433 grants from this fund with a total value of more than £687,000.

Please check the EHDC website to see if you are eligible and to apply.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The newly launched ARG is a discretionary fund aimed at businesses that are not eligible for a LRSG.

Please check that you are not eligible for a LRSG grant before applying to this fund.

This ARG fund is aimed at businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs (not employment costs). EHDC has ringfenced £500,000 to support businesses from central government for the 28-day period 5 November to 2 December 2020.

Applications are open now and will close at midnight on Wednesday 16 December. Funding will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

Visit the EHDC website to find out more and to apply.

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

“Our team has been working really hard to turn around grant applications quickly and I’m very proud of the work they’re doing.

“The last month of restrictions have been tough for local businesses that were forced to close, and for the businesses that are a vital part of the supply chain for those businesses.

“You can’t close a toy shop without it having an effect on the wholesaler who supplies the toys. That’s where the Additional Restrictions Grant will come into its own.

“I encourage any business that has been significantly affected by the national restrictions to get their application in now.”