Almost £19.5m has been paid out to small businesses in the East Riding on the first day coronavirus grants were made available.
In total, 1,942 firms got a share of the funds through East Riding of Yorkshire Council, with more than 7,000 applications expected to be processed over the next few days.
Grants of £10,000 and £25,000 were made available to help small businesses from central government, that will then be distributed by the Yorkshire council.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak it's been announced that all retail, leisure and tourism businesses will pay no business rates in the next financial year.
Council leader Richard Burton said: "Our finance and businesses rates teams are working flat out to make sure businesses and residents get the financial support they need during this very difficult period.
"So we are asking businesses to please bear with us, we are working hard to make payments as soon as humanly possible. You will get them soon."