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:
All applicants need to fulfil the following criteria in order to be eligible for the extreme hardship 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:
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.
The Council will pay a grant of £7,500 to each successful applicant.
Queries relating to this grant should be emailed to email@example.com or alternatively businesses can contact the Council by calling 01354 654321.