Council awards £147,000 in Covid Recovery Grants
We've awarded over £147,000 to help local businesses, community groups and voluntary organisations recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
The spread of coronavirus has created huge challenges for local businesses, community groups and voluntary organisations. To support them through this difficult time, the District Council is making £300,000 of council funds available through a dedicated Covid-19 Recovery Fund.
Our Cabinet Grants Panel met last month to consider the first round of applications. In total, 45 community groups and local businesses were awarded grant funding of up to £5,000 each.
Grants were awarded to 22 local businesses, many of which are from business sectors that have been hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. The grants will help local businesses to purchase new equipment and develop new ways of doing business, so they can reach out to new customers and continue to trade in these difficult conditions.
Applications were also received from a wide range of voluntary sector organisations and local community groups that work to support Mid Sussex residents. The funding will help to support many different projects including food deliveries for vulnerable people, enabling people to exercise safely with local sports groups and the expansion of a telephone befriending service that helps to combat loneliness.
The Covid-19 Recovery Grant Fund is available to help in three key areas:
Emergency Response – Financial help with the additional costs that are incurred whilst operating under Covid-19 restrictions
Return to Pre-Covid Provision – A grant to local groups and businesses to help them reopen, and return to business as usual in a way that is Covid-19 secure
New Service or Business Innovation – Financial support to help local businesses and support organisations adapt to new ways of working
A second Cabinet Grants Panel meeting will be held on 26 January 2021 to allocate a further £150,000 to worthy causes and local businesses, helping them to recover from the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic.