Date published: 8th July 2020

North Norfolk’s Discretionary Grant Fund has now surpassed the £1-million-pound mark, paying out to over 120 businesses so far who have been hit heavily by COVID-19.

The grant fund, which comes from a Government allocation, provides a vital lifeline to small and micro businesses in the district who have not been eligible for other support schemes, such as retail, hospitality and leisure.

In total, NNDC has paid out over £54m in Government allocated funding for businesses, through various designated grant schemes such as the ‘Small Business Grant Fund’, the ‘Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund’ and now the ‘North Norfolk Discretionary Grant’.

Cllr. Richard Kershaw, the Portfolio Holder for Economic Development commented:

“The Officers at NNDC have designed a very comprehensive scheme to aid businesses that were not helped with Business grants. In round one, more than a million pounds has been distributed on time to 122 businesses. 

This is much more than other Norfolk Councils, and to many more businesses. I have to thank the Economic Development team for their attention to detail and rapid and timely distribution of this money to help businesses in North Norfolk." 

The Council is committed to helping the businesses in the District and will be working very closely alongside them to support their re-opening and recovery.

Giving feedback to the Discretionary Grant Fund, Hennik’s Catering, a local caterer said: “I just wanted to say thank you so much, I don't think anyone realises what a big difference this will make to our business and being able to keep our staff. I appreciate all your help”

One Bed and Breakfast in Sea Palling commented: “Thank you so much for this response, this is very welcome. I have to say that I think the DC has really come up ‘trumps’ in this difficult time in supporting smaller businesses such as mine.” 

One day care centre in the district fed back: "This is very exciting news and helps us think about the future with a positive attitude and will help ensure our viability."

Last updated: 27th September 2021