MSDC grant applications to open 30th October

Mid Sussex District Council will award £300,000 in grants to local businesses, community groups and voluntary organisations affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic has created a challenging environment for local businesses, community groups and voluntary organisations. Many were not able to benefit from national Government grants and need additional support to help them adapt to the changing environment and shape their services for the future.

Mid Sussex District Council grants of £1,000 to £5,000, will be available to help local businesses and organisations through the Covid-19 crisis.

The Covid-19 Recovery Grant Fund is available to help in three key areas:

  • Emergency Response – Financial help with the additional costs that are incurred whilst operating under Covid-19 restrictions
  • Return to Pre-Covid Provision – A grant to local groups and businesses to help them reopen, and return to business as usual in a way that is Covid-19 secure
  • New Service or Business Innovation – Financial support to help local businesses and support organisations adapt to new ways of working

The application period opens on 30 October and closes on 30 November.

Covid-19 Recovery Grants;


In addition, also opening will be applications for our Micro Business Grants, criteria remain similar to last year with a slight change giving priority to new applicants in the first instance. The scheme supports growth of micro businesses across the District by offering two types of grant to businesses.

  • ‘Project Grant’ which offers a maximum of £2,000 which can be used to support a new project or initiative which will result in business growth
  • ‘Apprenticeship Grant’ £1,500 to support the recruitment of an apprentice.

The total grant fund available this year for the scheme is £71,000.  To be eligible businesses must be based in Mid Sussex and have fewer than 10 employees (this includes both part-time and full-time staff).  For the Project Grants, the business must also be able to commit a minimum contribution of 50% towards the cost of the project (this is not required for the Apprenticeship Grants).

Micro Business Grants;