Published: Thursday, 7th October 2021

We are encouraging businesses in the creative, hospitality, cultural and weddings sectors, which have been financially impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic, to apply for government funding.

Small businesses in Medway are able to apply for Additional Restriction Grants of up to £40,000.

To be eligible for the grant, businesses must be registered in Medway and applicants will need to prove that they work in the creative, hospitality, cultural and weddings sectors, and that the pandemic affected their business financially between March 2020 and July 2021. They will also need to demonstrate how a grant will help them to recover and rebuild. The grants are not available to businesses who have already benefitted from ARG funding.

The grants are available in various amounts, depending on the nature of the bids received. Each funding bid will be carefully considered however there is no guarantee that every bid will be successful.

Local businesses can apply for funding between Monday, 1 November and Monday, 15 November. Grants will be awarded early next year.

Help to recover and rebuild

Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “Throughout the pandemic we have helped businesses across Medway access more than £100million of financial support. I am pleased that we are launching a grant scheme specifically for small businesses in the creative, hospitality, cultural and weddings sectors to help them recover and rebuild. I would encourage businesses to find out more about the support available.”

Medway is home to broad range of talented creative businesses which supports the area’s bid become UK City of Culture 2025. Becoming City of Culture in 2025 would create a legacy of opportunities for local people and bring significant economic benefits to Medway.

Find out more and apply for grants for businesses.

Find out more on Medway's UK City of Culture bid.

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