Chichester District Council launched the £500,000 discretionary grants scheme in August to help local community groups and businesses recover from the impact of the pandemic, as part of its COVID-19 recovery plan.

"We understand how tough things have been for our community groups during this very challenging period," says Councillor Roy Briscoe, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Culture at Chichester District Council. "Although the Government and other organisations have issued grants, some organisations have not been eligible to gain support, or they still need extra help. Now that our grants scheme has been extended, we will be able to support even more community groups in our district that are struggling."

Councillor Tony Dignum, Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration, adds "We also know that there are still some businesses that would benefit from this support and we would encourage them to apply too. Although the deadline has been extended, anyone thinking about applying for a grant - whether they are a community group or business - should do so as soon as possible to make the most of the funding that is available."

Constituted groups, including sporting and arts organisations can apply for the community grants scheme. The business grants are aimed at small businesses in the retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors with between 1.5 and 30 full time employees.

More information, including the full criteria for the scheme can be found at .

Date of release: 5 October 2020

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