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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 (5 November 2020)

National Restriction Grants

The National Restriction Grant Scheme is a county-wide scheme to assist with the Covid-19 emergency, funded by Central Government. A total of £2.2m has been allocated to Mid Sussex District Council to support businesses 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 period. The grant available is based on the rateable value of the property, to a maximum of £3,000 per four weeks.

Further information here

These grants are administered by the Revenues team

businesssupport@midsussex.gov.uk

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, with applications open from 23rd November to 13th December 2020.

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 period from the 5th November 2020.

Further information can be found here

These grants are administered by the Revenues Team

businesssupport@midsussex.gov.uk

 

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. This includes the recently launched Covid-19 Recovery Grant scheme.

Covid-19 Recovery Grants

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.

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.

Applications close 30th November 2020

More information can be found here

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

culture@midsussex.gov.uk

economicdevelopment@midsussex.gov.uk

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 culture@midsussex.gov.uk

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 culture@midsussex.gov.uk

Micro Business Grants

Now in its third successful year, Mid Sussex District Council has recently launched its Micro Business Grant Scheme. Applications close 30th November 2020

Micro Business Grants

The Micro Business Grant Scheme is a county-wide scheme funded through the West Sussex Local Enterprise and Apprenticeship Platform (LEAP). A total of £71,000 has been allocated to Mid Sussex District Council to support micro businesses (businesses with less than 10 employees) throughout the District.

The objective of the scheme is to support growth of micro businesses across the District by providing one of two grants to businesses. The first type of grant available is a maximum £2,000 ‘Growth Grant’ which can be used to support a new project or initiative which will result in business growth. In addition to this grant, businesses are further eligible to apply for a £1,500 ‘Apprenticeship Grant’ to support the recruitment of an apprentice.

Further information here

These grants are administered by the Economic Development team economicdevelopment@midsussex.gov.uk

 

Other sources of funding can be found under Business Support

Last updated: 20 November 2020