Coronavirus: Support scheme for businesses in Eastbourne and Lewes goes live

A support scheme for the payment of £10,000 or £25,000 grants to eligible businesses in Eastbourne and Lewes went live this morning (Thursday April 9).

Breaking News Banner SUS-190320-162348001
Breaking News Banner SUS-190320-162348001

The Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund were announced by the Chancellor in response to the acute challenges being faced by businesses at this time.

Eastbourne and Lewes councils - - have dedicated portals where SMEs can register.

Sign up to our daily SussexWorld Today newsletter

When the required information is uploaded, an automated system validates the details and payments to the businesses will soon follow.

A spokesperson for the two councils said, “The launch was delayed as a result of the government making several changes to the guidance for implementing the scheme, meaning the process for payments had to be reconfigured each time that happened.

“Council officers worked around the clock to get the right system in place and are sending letters and emails to businesses to encourage them to register on the council website.

“For more information on business support during the coronavirus crisis please visit

“Updates and news are also being posted on Twitter - @LewesDC and @EastbourneBC”

A message from the Editor, Gary Shipton:

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news, I am asking you to please purchase a copy of our newspapers.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspapers.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

Stay safe, and best wishes.