Category: Grants avaiable

Maria Caulfield MP encourages universities, schools and colleges to sign up for new Turing Scheme

Maria Caulfield MP has urged schools, colleges and local universities in and around the Lewes constituency to apply for the Conservative Government’s new £110 million Turing Scheme, which will provide young people with the opportunity to study and work around the world. The landmark scheme, which replaces the UK’s participation […]

£1,069,272 for East Sussex to help support victims of domestic abuse

Domestic abuse victims and their children living in East Sussex will be able to receive more support thanks to extra Government funding. The extra money will help victims and their children access life-saving support in safe accommodation, including advocacy, counselling, and therapy in safe locations such as refuges or specialist […]

Council’s new bidding process for voluntary grants is ‘fairer approach’

Cabinet councillors on Lewes District Council, on Thursday, February 4, approved a new approach for allocating grants to voluntary organisations which will enable a wider range of groups to apply for funding.  This follows a review, including a consultation over the autumn, of the existing Community Grants Policy that awards grants annually to local organisations in three-year cycles. A new competitive bidding process will be introduced this year […]

Government announces extra £225k for Lewes District Council to continue providing vital services during coronavirus

Maria Caulfield MP has welcomed news that Lewes will benefit from a share of £900 million in additional funding for local councils announced by the Government, which includes Lewes District Council. This means that since the start of the pandemic, Lewes has received £1.59 million in extra direct support from […]

Maria Caulfield MP urges local farmers to apply for productivity boosting grant

Maria Caulfield MP is urging local farmers in the Lewes constituency to apply for funding from the government’s £25 million Countryside Productivity Small Grants (CPSG) scheme. Under the Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme, farmers can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 to buy new and innovative equipment – […]

Green Homes Grant

From next month, the new £2 billion Green Homes Grant will part fund low carbon home improvements for over 600,000 homes however, only registered installers can carry out the work. To take part, all tradespeople must register with TrustMark – the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme giving homeowners reassurance that businesses […]

Florist scoops £2,500 to grow budding new business

An entrepreneurial florist has won £2,500 towards her new business start-up in the first ever ‘virtual’ final of the Local Enterprise and Apprenticeship Platform (LEAP) annual award.   Clare Smith beat the other finalists who all had to present their business plans to a panel of judges in a Dragon’s Den-style competition, which was held online this year due […]

Time running out for Lewes district businesses to apply for Covid-19 support grants

Lewes District Council is issuing a final call for local businesses to access Covid-19 support grants as next month’s closure date nears, with £21.7m so far paid out.   The council has paid grants to 81% of all eligible small or retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in Lewes, equating to 1,763 firms.  The Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant Fund will close on […]

Reduced VAT rate for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions

If you’re a VAT registered business, you can check if you can temporarily reduce the rate of VAT by 5% on supplies relating to hospitality, accommodation, or admission to certain attractions by visiting here The temporary reduced rate will apply to supplies that are made between 15 July 2020 and 12 […]

Further £105 million to keep rough sleepers off the streets for good

Maria Caulfield MP has welcomed £105 million of additional government funding to keep rough sleepers off the streets for good. In March, government asked local authorities to bring ‘Everyone In’ and the response was outstanding. As a result, there are nearly 15,000 people accommodated in emergency accommodation, including those who […]