Second chance for businesses and charities as City Council’s discretionary COVID-19 fund re-opens

Winchester City Council is re-opening the application window for small businesses and charities to allow more organisations to apply to the COVID-19 discretionary fund from Monday 10 August.  The deadline for submission of applications for this second phase is 09:00 Monday 17 August 2020.  

The council is urging businesses, who are eligible under this funding programme, to make an application. The fund is aimed at small businesses and charities, with under 50 employees, that were trading on 11 March 2020 and that can demonstrate significant ongoing fixed property-related costs along with a significant drop in income. Details of which businesses may be eligible for a grant of up to £10,000 and how to apply can be found on the council website.   

Cllr Paula Ferguson, Winchester City Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency and Local Economy, said: 

“We’re re-opening the application window because we want to make sure that any business or charity that may be eligible for this fund has had the opportunity to apply. The application process is quick and easy and there is clear guidance on our website to support those making an application.   

“The fund offers much-needed support to businesses and charities across the district that were not eligible for the other COVID-19 business grants. I urge anyone eligible to apply quickly, recognising that the Government has only made these funds available for a limited period.  

“Since the outbreak, the city council has distributed over £27.8m in grants to more than 2300 businesses. I am really keen that we help as many businesses and charities as possible and the discretionary grants play an important part in our work to help the district’s economy recover.” 

For more detailed guidance and to make an application visit: https://www.winchester.gov.uk/business/discretionary-grant-fund For further information or guidance please contact ecodev@winchester.gov.uk or telephone on 01962 814915.