Category: Grants avaiable

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 www.gov.uk/guidance/vat-reduced-rate-for-hospitality-holiday-accommodation-and-attractions. 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 […]

Sussex Crisis Fund

The Sussex Crisis Fund has been set up to support community and voluntary sector organisations in Sussex who are leading efforts to support people most affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Emergency grants of up to £5,000 are available on a weekly basis. One successful applicant, Laurie McMillan of The Bevy […]