Over 420 businesses in South Holland have taken up a total of £3.7m as part of the latest round of government grants to help businesses impacted by COVID-19.
It takes the total grants handed out in the district to £22m since March.
The funding, which is distributed and organised locally by South Holland District Council, has been targeted at those hardest hit by the local and national restrictions over this period, including pubs, cafes, shops and restaurants.
Every closed business that has submitted applications in good time has now received a full support package until the middle of February, helping them to prepare for future Government announcements.
The council has also agreed a £550k support package for businesses that have been impacted hardest as a result of COVID, despite not being legally required to close.
This package will support business in the supply chain of the events and hospitality sector, the culture and leisure sector, and those with links to the travel and tourism sector, including businesses involved in animal care and welfare.
Eligible businesses should begin to receive these payments this week.
Coun Harry Drury said: “Our local businesses are a key part of our community, and the support schemes are not just about protecting these businesses in the present, but also helping them into the future and ensuring they are there for South Holland’s residents to use and enjoy once COVID is a thing of the past.
“We will continue to be there for every business and resident we are able to help moving forward, and would encourage people to explore the other opportunities on our website and with our partners like the Federation of Small Businesses, to make sure you are getting all the help you are eligible for as soon as possible.”