East Hampshire District Council has given out more than £11.8million in grants to 960 eligible businesses in just four days and is encouraging other eligible businesses to come forward.
The council has been able to get the money out quickly by automatically issuing grants to eligible businesses that it holds payment details for and using an automated form for the majority of other grants.
The two grants available are:
- Small Business Grants - a one-off grant of £10,000 to businesses that pay little or no businesses rates
- Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants - provides businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property
Letters have been sent to all eligible businesses in the district. The automated form can be accessed 24/7 through the council website.
Councillor Richard Millard, Leader of East Hampshire District Council, said: “As a small business owner, I know how vital these grants will be to keep businesses afloat during the coronavirus outbreak.
“The fact we have been able to process so many grants and get such a significant amount of money to these businesses gives me a great sense of pride in the work of the council’s dedicated staff.
“I am not going to pretend that these grants will put to rest all of the concerns that businesses will have as this crisis continues, but all East Hampshire businesses should know that we are here for them and will do everything we can to help them get through this.”
Eligible businesses can confirm their details here: www.easthants.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support
The page also includes information for other businesses about support available during the coronavirus outbreak.