Extreme Hardship Grant

Which businesses are eligible?

The Council has sought to provide financial support to businesses across the local economy in accordance with government guidance. The application of government guidance means that since the November lockdown, in general, closed businesses, which are registered for business rates, are eligible to receive grants of a higher value than businesses which are permitted to trade in accordance with lockdown restrictions.

The Council recognises that whilst many businesses are legally permitted to remain open the continued closure of the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors has had a significant impact on many businesses which form part of the supply chain to those sectors. The Council is also aware that whilst restrictions were eased in the summer of 2020 this did not always enable economic activity to return to pre-lockdown levels.

Whilst the eligibility criteria associated with this grant are not intended to be prescriptive the Council would encourage businesses in the following sector to consider applying:

  • businesses operating in the events sector - both commercial and non-commercial, i.e. conferences, weddings and trade fairs
  • businesses operating in or connected to the tourism sector, including businesses reliant on domestic and international travel such as tour operators, catteries and kennels; and
  • businesses focused on supplying the hospitality sector including caterers and food and drink producers

All applicants need to fulfil the following criteria in order to be eligible for the extreme hardship grant:

  • trading prior to 5th April 2020
  • not able to claim Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) as a result of being legally permitted to remain trading during the current lockdown (businesses which have received the Supplementary Winter Lockdown grant are eligible, however)
  • able to evidence demonstrable losses of in excess of £15,000 as a result of Covid-related restrictions introduced from March 2020 onwards
  • currently trading or intending to resume trading when relevant lockdown restrictions are lifted

How do I claim my grant?

Those businesses should download a form from our website and provide evidence to explain how they meet the criteria set out above.

Evidence of losses sustained by the business as a result of lockdown can take two forms:

  • a detailed breakdown of income the business had been due to receive had it not been necessary to cancel events or other activities the businesses had been contractually committed to deliver; and/or
  • a detailed breakdown of income generated during the 2019-20 financial year and a narrative explanation of why it was not possible to undertake similar business activities in this financial year as a result of Covid-restrictions

To strengthen their applications businesses are permitted to provide evidence in relation to both (i) and (ii) above if they wish to do so. Evidence will need to be supported by bank statements and/or a letter from a financial advisor or registered accountant familiar with your business.

All business will be obliged to provide the 2019-20 tax return and/or Statement of Accounts to support their application.

Applications must be submitted by 9am by Wednesday, 31 March 2021.

What is the total available grant?

The Council will pay a grant of £7,500 to each successful applicant.

Apply for a grant

Icon for pdf Apply for a Extreme Hardship Grant [175.76KB]

Queries relating to this grant should be emailed to discretionarybusinessgrants@fenland.gov.uk or alternatively businesses can contact the Council by calling 01354 654321.




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