"A new top-up grant scheme is now live for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses that have been required to close during the current national restrictions, and a further scheme offers financial help to businesses that don't meet the criteria for this grant but that are still impacted by the current coronavirus restrictions," explains Councillor Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance at Chichester District Council.

"If you own a business in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, and are required to close, I would urge you to visit our web pages as soon as you can to see whether you are eligible for two new schemes: the Closed Business Lockdown Payment, which is a one-off top up grant worth up to £9,000, and a support grant called the Local Restriction Grant (Closed Addendum: 5 January onwards). Details on the eligibility criteria and how to apply for these schemes is available at: Coronavirus support for businesses.

"We also want to make other types of businesses aware that support is available through the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme. This is for businesses that have not been required to close but are still being affected by the current national lockdown. You can find out more and apply here: Coronavirus support for businesses.

"In addition, a range of other business support schemes are still open to help district businesses that were affected by the second national lockdown in November 2020 and last year's local tier restrictions. Businesses can find details on all the available Government schemes, and apply, at: Coronavirus support for businesses.

"Our teams are continuing to work incredibly hard to ensure that all grants are paid out to businesses as quickly as possible. They are also on hand to help businesses identify which scheme, or schemes, they can apply for."

Chichester District Council is also still issuing its business recovery grants. More information can be found at: .

Businesses are urged to to receive updates on the support that is available to them, and notifications when support schemes open for applications.

Date of release: 15 January 2021

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