Following the recent agreement of Chichester District Council's recovery plan, COVID-19 recovery grants are now available to assist local businesses, and other organisations.

A total of £500,000 is available from the council and applications can be made to one of the following areas. There are also more detailed guidance notes about each of the four pots available, which will make the application process easier if you read first:

Small business grant

£100,000 for small grants of up to £1,000 towards the costs incurred of keeping staff or customers safe during the crisis.

Apply for a small covid-19 recovery grant for your businesses

Large business grant

£150,000 for larger grants up to £5,000 towards measures you are putting in place to recover from lockdown.  The grants are offered on a 50% match fund basis.

Apply for a large covid-19 recovery grant for your businesses

Small community group grant

£100,000 for small grants of up to £1,000 towards the costs incurred of keeping staff, volunteers or clients safe during the crisis

Apply for a small covid-19 recovery grant for your community group

Large community group grant

£150,000 for larger grants up to £5,000 towards measures you are putting in place to recover from lockdown.  The grants are offered on a 50% match fund basis

Apply for a large covid-19 recovery grant for your community group


Grant scheme outline

The Covid-19 recovery grant scheme outline document provides more detail as to who is eligible and how applications will be considered:

  • The small grant process will allow for backdated claims for items you have already purchased. This is as long as your claim was not before 15 March 2020. This is when lockdown commenced.

  • Larger grants will take up to 6 weeks to be decided. You can go ahead with a project before a decision has been made. You can claim when your grant is awarded, as long as you did not start your project before the submit date of your application.

  • Business grants are aimed at small businesses with between 1.5 and 30 employees (Full Time Equivalent). These businesses must operate in a sector with a high level of public interaction, and been impacted on the longest. These sectors include: retail, hospitality, leisure, health & wellbeing, and tourism businesses.

  • While the applications will be considered on a first come first served basis, the council will still look to support those who have been hit the hardest and affected the longest.

Grant deadline

The online application forms will be made available until Friday 23 October 2020. However, if the pots are significantly over subscribed then the online application forms will be closed early.