Dorset Council gave out more than £100m in grants to businesses

Dorset Council building
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As of 11th June, Dorset Council reached a milestone of supporting more than 8,000 Dorset businesses with £100 million of Government coronavirus funding.

The total funds obtained by Dorset Council total more than £134 million, which were reserved for supporting businesses impacted by COVID-19 with £10,000 cash grants, while leisure, hospitality and retail businesses received £25,000.

Some leftover cash was set aside for “discretionary grants” for which more than 1,700 businesses have applied for so far. More of this money is available, however, the deadline for applications is tomorrow, Sunday 14th June.

To have paid out over £100 million to thousands of businesses in the Dorset Council area in such a short space of time is a real achievement. We drafted in colleagues from across the organisation to help when we realised what a huge task this was, handed to us from Government. The team has worked tirelessly to get these much-needed cash injections to businesses, and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to them.

We still have £28 million to distribute to Dorset businesses that meet the criteria, and we would appeal to business owners who have not yet applied for a grant through this funding to please do so at

Councillor Gary Suttle, Dorset Council

The Discretionary Fund is specifically aimed at businesses who have not yet received any previous COVID related Government financial support.

Businesses can check their eligibility and apply here

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