The Hardship Fund

Winchester City Council is inviting applications from those organisations that:

  • despite being in receipt for COVID-19 related Government funds either directly or indirectly via grants, reliefs and loans, remain severely impacted and are at risk of closure
  • are ineligible for other government grant support

The Council is initially making up to £240,000 available to organisations through this Additional Restrictions Hardship Fund. This is a limited fund and payments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please read the grant guidance document which can be downloaded on the right hand side of this webpage before completing your application form.
Click here to access the online application form.

Grants will range between £2,500 and £10,000 based on the business case presented.  We will consider the following factors in assessing the need and hardship:

  • Rateable value (if applicable)
  • Number of employees
  • Impact on income and related expenditure during periods of national restrictions in comparison with usual operating periods

Priority will be given to those organisations that:

  • Contribute significantly to their local community
  • Would be difficult to replace
  • Are the only organisation offering such services locally
  • Directly benefit the residents of Winchester


Eligibility criteria

Organisations completing the on-line declaration of eligibility need to indicate the type of organisation they are. These could include:

  • Business, partnership or company
  • Self-employed or sole trader
  • Market trader
  • Organisation located in shared offices or other flexible workspaces.
  • Located in sub-let units (for example retail outlets, cafes and farm shops in garden centres)
  • Parish council
  • Community organisation
  • Charity

Eligible organisations will have either:-

  • Been instructed by the Government to close


  • Operate in, provide services to, or be in the supply chain of, one or more of the following sectors:
    • Non-essential retail
    • Hospitality/food and drink/guest accommodation
    • Leisure/sports
    • Attractions/events/festivals/entertainment venues
    • Performing and visual arts
    • Pre-school childcare services
    • Public sector (Parish councils only)
    • Other – the applicant will be required to define how their business operates within the above sectors


Click here to access the online application form.

The fund is limited, and payments will be made on a case by case basis. The application window will remain open until the fund is spent or current national restrictions are lifted, whichever falls sooner.