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Council leader calls on businesses to apply for latest funding

Eastbourne Borough Council is processing applications from small and micro businesses for grants of up to £10K from the government's business support scheme.

The council has received a £1.1m funding allocation and is accepting applications from qualifying businesses until June 19. In exceptional circumstances £25K grants will be considered. All payments will be made once the window for applications closes.

Councillor David Tutt, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, said: "Our officers have worked very quickly to get this latest funding scheme up and running. The funding pot we've received from government is limited and so businesses must get their applications in as soon as possible. I know how tough life is for many businesses, so I hope as many as possible can take advantage of this scheme."

The government has set eligibility criteria for the scheme. Councils have been told to prioritise businesses with fixed property-related costs that can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

This includes:

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces
  • Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment
  • B&Bs and guest houses that pay council tax instead of business rates
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief that would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.

While each scheme is unique to local economic and business need, the council has worked closely with neighbouring councils in East Sussex to develop the funding framework.

To apply visit www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/community/covid-19/help-for-businesses/discretionary-top-up-fund

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