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Support for businesses impacted by lockdown

Grants for eligible businesses which have been required to close by law or adversely impacted during the latest phase of national COVID-19 restrictions are now available.

Finances

The Local Restrictions Support Grant - funded by central government and administered by Folkestone & Hythe District Council (F&HDC) - will be available to those in the Folkestone & Hythe district that are:

◼️ Liable for business rates, and

◼️ Were open as usual and providing in-person services from the business premises the day before lockdown was imposed, and

◼️ Required to close by law

If you meet the criteria and wish to claim the Local Restrictions Support Grant, please visit folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/local-restrictions-support to complete the application form.

Businesses which have been adversely impacted by the pandemic but do not meet the criteria may qualify for an Additional Restrictions Grant.

These grants - also funded by central government and administered by F&HDC - will be awarded as per the guidance set out by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The criteria includes businesses:

◼️ Forced to closed but are not covered under the Local Restrictions Support Grant

◼️ Significantly impacted (at least a 25% impact evidenced) and incurred fixed business costs that cannot be cancelled during the lockdown

To apply for the Folkestone & Hythe Additional Restrictions Grant, please visit folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/additional-restrictions-grant for more information.

Cllr David Monk, F&HDC Leader, said: "This funding is there to support businesses through these difficult times, so please do get in touch with us to see if we can help."

Anyone found to falsify their records to gain additional money will face prosecution. F&HDC will also be carrying out spot checks on successful applicants to ensure they remain closed during the lockdown.

Date published: 13 November 2020

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