BUSINESSES across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 'severely financially' impacted by lockdown are being urged to apply for grants up to £10,000.

The Exceptional Circumstances Fund, part of BCP Council's grants package from Government, is available for businesses severely financially impacted by national restrictions, which have not received any other grant support to date.

Adam Richens, director of finance at BCP Council, said: "We encourage local businesses who think they may be eligible and who missed out on previous grant schemes to check the criteria on our website and submit an application for this support as soon as possible.

"Once the application window has ended and all applications have been reviewed, we will then aim to make payments as quickly and efficiently as we can."

To be considered eligible for this grant scheme, businesses must:

• Have not been eligible to receive or have not received local restrictions support grants or additional restrictions stream one or stream two grants.

• Have not been mandated to close but have been severely financially impacted due to the restrictions imposed by the government (more 50 per cent reduction in income compared with similar comparable periods of trade).

BCP Council says it also may award varying levels of grants, based on the rateable value of the business premises.

In the case of no rated premises, decisions will be based on unavoidable fixed costs.

Mr Richens said: "We’ve also started the process for issuing around £23 million in government restart grants and this week we have been contacting local businesses that we know to be eligible "This support is aimed at businesses in the hospitality, leisure, accommodation, personal care, gyms and sport sectors where the criteria is met.

"We aim to make the initial payments from next week and once this is completed an application form will then also be made available online.’’

Visit for more information or check the criteria for these grant schemes.