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Business Support Grants


How to apply for Covid-19 business support grants

The Government is providing funding to local councils to support businesses impacted by Covid-19 restrictions that have been:

  • ordered to close, or;
  • able to trade but severely affected by the restrictions

Who can apply for this funding?

The following criteria will apply to all businesses making an application.

Your business must have:

  • been open and trading to visiting members of the public on 4 November
  • fixed premises related costs

Eligible business types

There are several different grants schemes. The application form has been designed to cover all schemes without the applicant needing to understand which they may be eligible for.

Even if you do not think you are eligible at the moment, you can still apply now. We will contact you if you become eligible at a later stage.

You only need to apply once. We will use the information you provide to issue grants as and when they become available.

The following types of business can apply, whether the main part of the business has been required to close, or whether they can remain open but have been severely impacted by the restrictions.

Businesses must have on-going fixed costs to be eligible.

  • Non-essential retail
  • Leisure
  • Personal care
  • Sports facilities
  • Hospitality businesses
  • Suppliers to the retail and hospitality sectors
  • Creative industries
  • Regular Colchester Market traders
  • Taxi firms
  • Event and event hire companies
  • Tourism
  • Any other business required to close on 5 November

Full eligibility criteria

Additional eligibility criteria apply for each grant scheme. For full information, see our business support grant guidance for Colchester businesses.

Full business support grant guidance

Page last reviewed: 20 November 2020