Council to distribute additional funding to small and micro businesses in South Holland

Posted on Thursday 4 June 2020

From next Monday (8 June 2020), South Holland District Council will begin distributing additional funding to small and micro businesses in the District as part of the Government's Discretionary Grant Scheme.

The Government's Discretionary Grant Scheme aims to support small and micro businesses that are struggling due to the economic impact of COVID-19, and who have been unable to access other grant funds such as the small business grant and the retail, hospitality and leisure grant.

Grants will be awarded to eligible businesses on a first-come-first-served basis to the value of £25,000, £10,000 or an amount under £10,000, by filling out an online form on the SHDC website. The Council has structured the fund in a way that will allow then to get grants out the door quickly, ensuring those businesses requiring assistance can receive it as soon as possible.

As with the previous two grant funding schemes, businesses will need to meet a set eligibility criteria before applying which can also be found on the Council's website. Due to the expected interest in the scheme, businesses are encouraged to check their eligibility, and what information they will need to apply, before the application process goes live at 10am on Monday.

Councillor Nick Worth, deputy leader and portfolio holder for growth and commercialisation, said: "I am pleased that we are now able to offer these vital additional grants for more businesses in the District, and we can quickly start distributing to those in need from Monday to continue to pro-actively support South Holland's economy at this difficult time.

"Our teams at the Council and our partners PSPS have worked brilliantly over the last few weeks to help distribute funding from the small business grant and the retail, hospitality and leisure grant quickly and responsibly to over 1,350 South Holland businesses. 

"We remain committed to supporting the long term economic recovery of the District and want to help as many businesses as we possibly can with this additional round of grant funding. Ahead of it going live, I would urge anyone who feels they could benefit to visit our website and check if they are eligible and what information is required, so they can get their applications in as quickly as possible when the form opens on Monday. Please don't miss out on this opportunity."

For more information, to check eligibility and apply for the discretionary business grant, businesses should visit the Council's website: www.sholland.gov.uk/DGsupport. This is the only place that these forms can be completed, and any third party websites or links not associated with South Holland District Council will not be able to access the grants and may be fraudulent.