The window for applications to this fund has now closed.
Small and micro businesses within Eastbourne and the Lewes district were invited to submit their details to apply for a grant from the Discretionary top-up fund. The funding is limited and aimed at businesses who were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund
The Government asked that we prioritise businesses with fixed property-related costs which can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces. Examples could include units in industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment
- Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment
- Bed & Breakfasts and Guest Houses which pay Council Tax instead of business rates
- Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.
The amount that eligible businesses may receive is up to £10,000. In exceptional circumstances we will consider grants up to £25,000. However, the government has provided a finite allocation of £1.3m for Lewes and £1.1m for Eastbourne.
The Councils will look to award grants to businesses that meet the national priorities first. Any residual funds will be awarded to businesses that meet local priorities.
The Discretionary Business Grant Policy for Eastbourne, and for Lewes, can be accessed below.
The Councils have worked closely with neighbouring district and borough council’s in East Sussex to develop the framework, whilst each Council’s scheme has been tailored to suit it’s economic and business needs.
Detailed information about the eligibility criteria can be found here