Issue 25 September 2022


£3.4 million Covid-19 support grants for local businesses

Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund graphicWe will be allocating £3.4 million this month to almost 700 local businesses that haven’t yet received any financial support during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) has been provided by the Government to support businesses that were not eligible for their main Business Grant support schemes.

Many businesses were unable to claim the first wave of Government Covid-19 support grants because they were specifically for businesses in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief and those working in the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors.

The Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund applies to a much wider range of businesses such as small businesses in shared workspaces, market traders, Bed and Breakfast accommodation, charity properties and businesses in the supply chain to the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality sectors that did not qualify for the original government business grants.

Mid Sussex businesses were invited to apply for the Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund grants but so far only 74 businesses have submitted a claim. To ensure that local businesses don’t miss out on this crucial support, Mid Sussex District Council will be automatically paying the grants to eligible businesses from 19 September.

The Council will be writing to all eligible businesses in Mid Sussex to inform them about the upcoming Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund award. There is nothing that eligible businesses need to do, other than to look out for the relief shown on their business rates bill.

The Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund support payments are exclusively for businesses that have been affected by the pandemic but have not yet received any Covid-19 relief or discount support for their business rates from the Government.


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West Sussex County Council has submitted a reserved matters planning application to create an ‘all-through’ primary and secondary school as part of the Burgess Hill Brookleigh development (formerly known as the Northern Arc).

The school will be fully inclusive and include a Special Support Centre to support children with special educational needs and disabilities attending the new school.

The University of Brighton Academies Trust has been appointed to run the new all-through school. West Sussex County Council is creating the secondary school element and the primary school element, which will be designed and built later, is being created by Homes England.

The design of the new secondary school building aims to achieve Passivhaus certification, which sets the standard for low-carbon emissions, use of sustainable energy, and helping to reduce the impact of climate change. The building will be highly energy efficient and generate its own energy on-site using nearly 1000 solar photovoltaic panels, ensuring no use of fossil fuels in the running of the building.

The scheme has been designed to protect, conserve and enhance the rich biodiversity found on the site, and you can view the proposed design of the school at

To view the Planning Application, please visit the MSDC Planning Portal using the reference DM/18/5114.