Dorset Council have launched the online application form Small Business Grant Fund or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.
The Government recently issued guidance on the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF) including eligibility, accessing the funding and a likely date for eligible businesses to be receipt of grant monies.
There is more information on the associated but separate business rates holiday scheme here
Guidance issued to local authorities on SBGF and RHLGF
SBGF Grant £10,000
RHLGF Grant £10,000 or £25,000 per property
To apply use this form:
Here is the guide from the Government:
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These are understandably extremely challenging times for businesses, staff and the wider population in general. We have invested in additional resources to ensure our Dorset Gateway team can signpost you to the full range of support available to businesses, including financial assistance.
We continue to update Twitter, LinkedIn and our website with the latest information as it becomes available, including: information on grants, the business interruption loan scheme, support for the self-employed and guidance for managing apprenticeships. follow our updates on social media.
COVID-19 Business Impact Survey
We are seeking input from businesses, the self-employed, and charities in Dorset about the impact COVID-19 is having on business operations.
Your feedback will allow us to identify sectors in Dorset which may need financial support or funding assistance so that we can tailor our support in the region. The results we gather will also help us advise the government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as they develop current COVID-19 business support measures, nationally and locally.
Complete the survey
#BidBites: your guide to bid-writing
On Friday 3 April we are hosting a live Q&A webinar, offering free advice on writing award winning funding bids. In preparation for this, the Dorset Gateway’s #BidBites podcast series will bring you daily bid-writing tips aimed at improving your chances of winning grant funding and helping to inform any questions you might have for our bid writing expert.
Sign up to the #BidBites Live Q&A
Dorset Gateway Funding BlogIn addition to the financial support on offer to businesses around COVID-19, there continues to be a range of other funding available from a range of sources including the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the Small Business Research Initiative, the Global Challenges Research Fund and others. Dorset Gateway’s fully-funded bid writing support service is available to any Dorset-based business looking for free advice and support to access this funding.
Read our latest funding blog
Working from home – our top tips
Working from home is a concept we’re all familiar with – but how many of us do it on a regular basis? Whether you’re a working from home expert, doing it for the first time or juggling work with family and caring responsibilities, these top tips from our team will help keep you motivated.We’re all working from home and continue to be available to support you through this time – some of us will be working flexible hours but we’ll respond to enquiries as soon as we can.
Our top #wfh tips
OH20: Aquaculture Expo
Earlier this month and before government measures introduced due to the COVID-19 outbreak we hosted the One Health 2020 Aquaculture Expo was held on 4 March, at Kingston Maurward College.
Over 90 people attended the expo, including representatives from the Department for International Trade, Cefas, aquaculture businesses, researchers and investors.
The expo was the first UK event on aquaculture to discuss the concept of ‘One Health’ which is the interrelation between plant, animal and human health, and is of critical importance to sustainable protein production in aquaculture.
Many local businesses, some of which have already been featured in our #DorsetAquaBitesseries, were able to share their stories, discuss opportunities for the sector and raise the profile of aquaculture in Dorset.
Read more about the expo and watch a video on Aquaculture in Dorset below.