Three types of grant funding are available, including Local Restriction Grants; Additional Restriction Grants; and the council's Covid Recovery Grant. Details of all of the grants available can be found on their business support page.

Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme are now being accepted with grants of up to £3,000 available. These grants are to help the following businesses in the Chichester District:

  • businesses who were open and trading the day before national restrictions were imposed but are not entitled to the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme as they are not responsible for business rates (e.g. non-essential market traders, bed & breakfast, shared workspaces in the non-essential retail and hospitality sectors).
  • businesses who, while not legally forced to close are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID-19 (e.g. businesses which supply the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, or businesses in the events sector).

This discretionary funding follows the launch of the Local Restrictions Support Grant, which provides grants for local businesses forced to close during the national coronavirus restrictions period from 5 November to 2 December 2020.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant offers three rates of grant payments, ranging from £1,334 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or lower; £2,000 for businesses with a rateable value over £15,000, but less than £51,000; and £3,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or above. Affected businesses are urged to apply for this.

Councillor Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate Services and Revenues and Benefits at Chichester District Council, says "Applying for these grants is quick and easy, and I would urge all eligible businesses to do so as soon as they can. This will ensure businesses receive the support they are entitled to as quickly as possible.

"Chichester District businesses and organisations can also apply for the council's Covid Recovery grants. These grants comprise of small grants of up to £1,000 towards the cost incurred of keeping customers and staff safe or larger, match funded grants up to £5,000 towards new projects for recovery from lockdown.

"We have set up a simple process on our website where businesses can check which grants they may be eligible for and apply."

Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant and Local Restrictions Grant are open until 13 December 2020. Businesses can find further information on the support available during the pandemic on their business support page.

Businesses can also keep up to date by signing up to the council's free business email newsletter, Ebiz  and the council's general email newsletter . Both newsletters offer a great way to receive updates on the latest Government guidance and help during the coronavirus outbreak.