The Isle of Wight Hunt received £10,000 from emergency Covid-19 grants, issued by the Isle of Wight council.
This formed part of £160,000 that was paid out to Hunts across the country, as reported by The Independent.
News OnTheWight has written to the IW Hunt to ask them for comment, such as what they intended to spend the money on.
A spokesperson from the Isle of Wight Foxhounds told News OnTheWight,
“All rateable businesses that met the specific conditions for funding were given grants. The scheme was welcomed by the hunt and enabled our professional hunt staff to maintain high standards of animal welfare throughout this difficult period.”
Small Business Scheme grant
The Isle of Wight Council confirmed that no grant made to this recipient under the separate discretionary scheme.
A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight council told News OnTheWight,
“The Isle of Wight Council is required by government to issue the Small Business Scheme grant payments to those businesses which are eligible and qualify under the scheme guidelines.
“The scheme guidelines are set by government and this particular scheme is not a discretionary scheme. The council cannot comment on individual grant payments.”
Under government rules, any business that occupies a property and receives small business rate relief or rural rate relief is eligible for a small business grant for Covid-19.
10.40am 28th Oct 2020 – Comment from Isle of Wight Foxhounds added and IWC confirmation of no further grants.