Dorset Council have announced the next round of grant funding for businesses. This grant scheme is only open for 3 weeks until 7 December 2021.
Businesses and organisations can now apply for the Dorset Growth and Resilience Fund.
There is limited ARG funding available. The fund is a competitive round and only the highest scoring applications will receive funding.
All applications for this phase will be assessed after the application window has closed on 7 December. Applicants will be made aware of the outcome of their application in January 2022.
Funding and eligibility
Grant awards range from £5,000 to £50,000.
Your application needs to fit into one of 3 categories:
- creating and maintaining high quality jobs, increasing productivity and innovation
- business resilience for those still suffering from the longer-term impact of closures and allowing them to move forward and grow the business
- business support packages and helping the local economy
You will need to provide a budget breakdown of how the grant will be spent.
You will not be able to claim the grant if your business:
- has already received the Restart Grant from Dorset Council
- is based outside of the Dorset Council area
- has already exceeded the permitted subsidy control threshold
- is in administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made
- was not trading as of 1 April 2021
Businesses are only eligible for a maximum of one grant. Where multiple businesses share directors and premises, only one grant application will be considered.
The grant cannot be used:
- in retrospect to cover costs already incurred prior to the award
- for the purchase and/or lease of motor vehicles
- for the purchase and/or lease of property or premises
- to clear debts
Peter Greenaway, President of Dorchester Chamber for Business, said: “For many businesses it remained a challenging time and these grants are welcomed. It’s is encouraging to see that the focus is on creating high quality jobs, growth and those still suffering from the longer-term impact of closures. I encourage any business eligible to submit an application for assessment”.