More than 340 Island businesses severely impacted by the recent month-long lockdown have been awarded £940,000 in discretionary grants by the Isle of Wight Council.

The Island was the first area in the Solent region to get the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme up and running to swiftly help local businesses under the national lockdown.

The local discretionary scheme will now formally close to applications from Tuesday 15 December, but outstanding payments will still be processed after that date.

Eligible Island businesses which have not yet applied are encouraged to do so by the cut-off date, via

Local councils were given discretion to meet local needs under the government-funded ARG scheme, and were encouraged to help businesses not legally required to close, but severely impacted by the lockdown restrictions between 5 November and 2 December.

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