There are a range of grants available to support businesses, charities and community groups.  Available grants are summarised below. Depending on your circumstances it might be that there is more than one grant fund that would be suitable.

Mid Sussex District Council continues to work closely with Government and our partners to provide businesses with financial support, help and advice wherever possible.

Government Grants

Financial support announced in response to the national lockdown

National Restriction Grants

The National and Local Restriction Grant Scheme are county-wide schemes to assist Business with the Covid-19 emergency effects due to lock down and Tier restrictions . Mid Sussex District Council have been given funds to support businesses with a rateable property that have been subject to closure in the second national lockdown and have a rateable property within the District.

The objective of the scheme is to support fixed costs such as rent due during the lockdown periods. The grant available is based on the rateable value of the property.

Further information here

These grants are administered by the Revenues team

Additional Discretionary Grant

The Discretionary Additional Restriction Grant Scheme is funded by Central Government. A total of £3.020m has been allocated to Mid Sussex District Council to support small (under 50 employees) and micro businesses (under 10 employees) that have been affected by the Covid-19 lockdown within the District. Mid Sussex District Council has agreed a discretionary scheme to help local businesses.

These Discretionary Grants are primarily aimed at small and micro businesses told to close by the Government who do not pay business rates and have fixed property-related costs, or to businesses (whether they are liable for business rates or not) that can demonstrate they have suffered a significant fall in income due to Covid-19 as a result of the national lockdown or Tier restrictions  for the period from the 5th November 2020.

Further information here

These grants are administered by the Revenues Team


Other Covid-19 Support and Advice can be found on our Coronavirus Community & Business Support page

Local Grant Funding

Corporate Grants

Mid Sussex has a variety of schemes to support community organisations and local businesses.

Covid-19 Recovery Grants

Covid-19 Recovery Grant fund is now open for a second round of applications, closing date for applications 15th January 2021

Mid Sussex District Council has made available an additional grant fund of £300k to support businesses and organisations as they recover from the impact of Covid-19. Grants of £1,000 to £5,000 are available.

Details of the grant criteria can be found here.

Support under the new grant fund is available under three categories:

Emergency Response - Additional costs, above and beyond normal running costs, whilst operating under legal restrictions because of Covid-19 which prevents normal service delivery; or example maintaining contact with clients and customers and delivering Covid-19 support e.g. to vulnerable and shielding groups.

Return to Pre-Covid Provision - Additional costs associated with reopening and returning to Business as Usual in a Covid-19 safe way; for example, new equipment, staff training, physical works to create a Covid-19 secure working environment.

New Service or Business Innovation - Adapting the business or organisation to new delivery or service provision models; for example, a shift to new digital provision or other innovative ways of working.

More information can be found here

These grants are jointly administered by the Community Services and Economic Development teams

Other Covid-19 Support and Advice can be found on our Coronavirus Community and Business Support page

Community & Economic Development (CED) Grants

Mid Sussex District Council’s Community and Economic Development Grants aim to support local businesses, voluntary, community or not-for-profit organisations to provide activities and projects that add social and economic value to their communities and which help improve the quality of life in Mid Sussex.

Projects need to demonstrate that they work towards our priority areas including:

Community Safety

  • Safer communities
  • Domestic abuse

Health & Wellbeing

  • Social isolation and loneliness
  • Mental health
  • Health inequalities
  • Dementia
  • Inclusive sports
  • Young people

Community Resilience

  • Volunteering in the community
  • Social inclusion, community cohesion and integration
  • Youth and/or family focused interventions
  • Rural resilience
  • Community Based Environmental Projects

Further information can be found here

These grants are administered by the Community Services team

Facility/Capital Grants – Release of S106 Funds

The council holds a Section 106 Fund which can be used to support capital projects concerning works to:

  • Community buildings
  • Recreation facilities (play areas and sports)
  • Public artworks

This money often has restrictions attached and can only be used for specific locations.

Further information can be found here

These grants are administered by the Community Services team


Other sources of funding can be found under Business Support

Last updated: 15 January 2021