Festive financial support for County Durham pubs

Pubs and clubs can apply for financial support grants.
Pubs and clubs can apply for financial support grants to mitigate for loss of trade over the Christmas period.

Hundreds of pubs across County Durham which have been affected by local and national coronavirus restrictions are being encouraged to apply for the latest Government support grant.

‘Wet-led pubs’, or those which predominantly serve alcohol rather than food, are eligible for a one-off grant of £1,000 to help make up for a loss of trade over what would have been a traditionally busy Christmas period.

Durham County Council will be contacting businesses that may be eligible for funding to highlight the support available. So far, it has already identified over 400 pubs across the county which it will be making contact with initially.

The council is also considering an enhancement to the Government scheme in order to support all eligible pubs and clubs across the county.

Businesses have until 31st January 2021 to apply and will be asked to provide supporting evidence in line with Government guidance.

The guidance also states that nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, sporting and music venues, theatres, cinemas and casinos should be excluded from the grant.

Pubs and clubs can apply for the grants by completing the form at Durham County Council’s website.

Applications will be processed from Monday, 4th January and will be paid as soon as possible and no later than 28th February 2021.


As well as the latest national grants, the council and other North East organisations are offering a range of support programmes for businesses.

To find out more, visit Business Durham’s covid recover for businesses page.

Advice and information about support for tourism businesses is available.  

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