Support for Local Businesses

Published: 03 April 2020

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Support for your local businesses

Businesses across Dorset are asking for information about grants to help them during the Coronavirus crisis.

We've set up specific pages on our website to help them with this, which we hope you will share with your local community.


Businesses invited to access grant funding

Businesses in Dorset are invited to access grant funding which the Government announced recently.

The grants from the central Government will be administered by Dorset Council to eligible businesses in the Dorset Council area.

There are two new grant funding schemes. First is the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) and secondly the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF). Full eligibility criteria is available on our website.

To ensure the right businesses are supported correctly and no fraudulent claims are made, businesses are being asked to provide information via an e-form. In some cases, additional checks may be necessary to confirm eligibility.

We hope this funding will offer some welcome relief to business owners during this very challenging time. Our revenues and benefits team will be working very hard to process the grants and we will continue to lobby the Government for further support for Dorset.