£500,000 Covid-19 grants scheme launched for community groups and businesses

Chichester District Council has launched a £500,000 discretionary grants scheme to support local community groups and businesses, as part of its Covid-19 recovery plan.

£250,000 will be allocated to community groups and £250,000 will go to supporting businesses based within the Chichester district.

Applications can be made to either scheme, but not both.

“We understand how tough things have been for both our community groups and businesses during this very challenging period. Although the government has issued grants, some organisations have not been eligible to gain support, or they still need extra help. These grants have been introduced for those who need our support the most to help them on the road to recovery,” says Cllr Martyn Bell, Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration at Chichester District Council.

“It is important that those who wish to apply provide us with all of the information that we are asking for, because this will be vital in helping us to make a funding decision. Both schemes will be open for up to four weeks (from August 20), but they could be closed earlier if demand exceeds the available funds. So, we would advise people to respond as soon as they can.”

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.

Community groups and local businesses interested in the scheme are being asked to apply at:

https://www.chichester.gov.uk/covidrecoverygrants

Free temporary licences have also been made available for businesses like restaurants and pubs to have outdoor seating. The licences will run for at least a year.

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