Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) has closed applications for £330,000 of government funding to support local businesses due to the positive number of applications received.

This Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) - January 2022 launched at the start of the year and was a limited fund from government to help support businesses that were impacted by the surge of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

The discretionary scheme offered one-off grant payments to businesses that are not eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) scheme. The total pot for this scheme was just over £330,000, with each grant available valued at £2,000.

Executive Leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, Cllr Ryan Fuller, said: "We will be supporting around 160 local businesses as part of this scheme and hopefully the money will go some way to supporting the economic recovery of Huntingdonshire. Over the past two years, we have successfully distributed around £90 million of grants and business rate reliefs to Huntingdonshire businesses and we will continue to target resources that support our local business community."

Applications for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) scheme are still open. The scheme is designed for hospitality, leisure, and accommodation businesses, taking the form of a one-off grant, of £2,667, £4,000 or £6,000 to rates paying businesses, based on rateable value.

The funding pot for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) scheme totals £1.39 million, allowing the District Council to support the eligible sectors impacted recently by the Omicron wave.

Full eligibility criteria and information regarding the latest business grant schemes, visit our Business Grants page.