Last updated on 26 February 2021
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) (Addendum)
The current payments that have been made under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) (Addendum) Scheme cover the period up to 15 February. This is in line with the guidance and funding that we have received from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
The Government has confirmed a further round of payments from the 16 February to the 31 March 2021 under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) (Addendum) scheme. Payment amounts will be as follows:
RV £15,000 and under - £2,096.29
RV £15,001 to £50,999 - £3,142.86
RV £51,000 and over - £4,714.29
We are awaiting confirmation and receipt from BEIS of the funding allocation for this period which will be confirmed later next week. Once the allocation as been received we will provide further updates on when payments will be made. It is not anticipated that current eligible businesses will be required to reapply for this additional funding.
Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)
We will be making additional payments to eligible businesses to cover the period 16 February to 31 March. This will be a payment of £2,096.29 and payments will be made during the week beginning 1st March. See the 'Business grants and funding' tab below for further details.
Since the 26th December when Lewes and Eastbourne entered tier 4 restrictions we have supported over 700 businesses with £1.2 million funding under the Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme (ARG) across the two authorities. This scheme will continue to support eligible businesses while we are still in lockdown. However, we are aware that there are a number of businesses that are still struggling and as a result we have recently carried out a review of the scheme.
As a result of this review we will shortly be expanding the ARG to enable us to support more businesses. We aim to offer additional support by way of the following:
Exceptional Hardship Scheme – This will be aimed at micro, small and medium sized businesses and will be designed to help businesses that are still currently trading but have suffered a significant downturn in income, as well as businesses that have been mandated to close by the Government.
Business Adaptation Grant – This will allow businesses to access funds to cover expenses such as training or upskilling new staff, expansion of an existing business or costs associated with adaptation as a result of pandemic i.e. diversification into online retail or making the property COVID compliant.
Business Futures Bid Fund – This will allow local trade organisations, CICs and not for profit organisations to submit robust business cases for funding to support activities that will help drive the regeneration of a specific business sector.
In addition to the above schemes, Lewes District Council will be looking to support the self-employed and companies that have not had access to other Government schemes.
Eastbourne Borough Council will be looking to provide support to taxi and private drivers that have seen a decrease in their trade.
The details of these schemes are still being finalised and we aim to launch them in March. Further information will be provided in due course including the date applications will be accepted.
We have produced two infographics to help show at a glance the grants available to businesses in the district and borough:
This section outlines:
- The range of measures Government has made available to support businesses and the self-employed cope with the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak
- How we can help you meet Government guidelines and keep employees and customers safe
- Local business support organisations
For further guidance on coronavirus support for businesses, visit the government's Business Support website.
If you would like help navigating the range of measures including eligibility, contact Business East Sussex, a free and impartial government funded business support service. More information can be found on the Business East Sussex website.