Coronavirus: Read the latest updates if you need help, advice or information from the councils on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Finance, funding and grants

COVID-19 Update 

The Government has set out a package of temporary measures to support businesses through this period of disruption. This includes the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme administered by local authorities. There is also a Discretionary top-up fund which will start accepting application from 29 May. To find out more go to our COVID-19 page.

The following organisations can also help you understand the full range of measures announced by the Government:

  • Business East Sussex website – They provide free and impartial government funded business support. 
  • Coronavirus Business Support Hub website – The Hub brings together the key information for businesses including the Government’s temporary measures, business closures, your responsibilities as an employer and managing your business during the coronavirus.



The following organisations provide or can you help search for investment to start, grow or sustain your business:

Community grants

Eastbourne Borough and Lewes District Council provide a range of grants to voluntary groups and organisations. This includes the Rent Support Grant scheme for Eastbourne Borough Council tenants who are not-for-profit organisations. To find out more go to the Eastbourne community grants page and the Lewes voluntary sector grants page.

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