Since the start of the pandemic, Huntingdonshire District Council has administered a wide range of the government’s business grant schemes providing financial support for Huntingdonshire’s businesses. Following a review of the existing discretionary schemes, we are able to provide a further round of top-up payments to businesses who have previously received discretionary funding.

To date, we have paid out over £54 million worth of grants through over 11,500 payments to businesses across all government grant schemes, the most recent being the Enhanced Additional Restrictions Grant scheme, launched on Wednesday 12 May 2021. Following a month of applications, and total payments of £606,000 to 75 businesses, dedicated funding to support businesses remains and will therefore be distributed to eligible businesses as a top-up payment to the grants that they have already received from the earlier ARG, ARG Extension and Enhanced ARG schemes.

Executive Leader of the council, Councillor Ryan Fuller, said: "The funding provided by government is intended to directly support local businesses, and having now ensured that we have supported as wide a range of local businesses as possible we will distribute the remaining funds as top-up payments to help our businesses further as they start to get back on their feet."

Final calculations are taking place and top-up payments are likely to be a minimum of £1,150 per eligible business depending on previous eligibility and payments received. These additional payments will be made by Wednesday 30 June. For further information and updates, visit our Covid Business Grants page and the Discretionary Grant Top-Up Policy.