Council launch emergency support for leisure and hospitality sector

Lewes District Council has launched an emergency support scheme for businesses in the leisure and hospitality sector that will take immediate effect.

The Additional Restrictions Grant fund (ARG) provides a remaining pot of £474,000 that businesses in Lewes impacted by the spike in Covid infections can apply for. 

The ARG support is in addition to the new business grants announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer this week.  The council is waiting for guidance from the government on how that funding will be administered.

Councillor James MacCleary, Deputy Leader of Lewes District Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Prosperity, said:

“While we wait for the government to confirm how the new business grants will be allocated, our officers have reacted incredibly rapidly and launched this discretionary scheme within hours, giving hard pressed businesses in leisure and hospitality some vital breathing space.    

“I’d encourage any business in the sector that is having problems at the current time to visit the council website without delay.”

The fund is limited and will be awarded at the discretion of the council based on the number of eligible applications and available funds to be distributed.  

Businesses in the leisure and hospitality sector in Lewes district should visit the council website and register to make an application.  Full details are available at

The deadline for applications is January 9th.