Extra support grant launched to support coronavirus affected businesses

Published Wednesday, 05 January 2022

Hospitality, tourism, events and recreational businesses across the borough that have seen their trade hit by coronavirus may be eligible to apply for a new extra support grant of up to £10,000.

The Extra Support Grant, just launched by the Borough Council, aims to provide financial support for businesses to help them meet their on-going fixed business costs whilst trade is severely impacted by customer cancellations and low customer demand as a direct result of COVID concerns.

Grant amounts are expected to be between £1,000 and £10,000, depending on business costs and the impact on the business, however the council retains discretion to award lower or higher grants as it sees fit. Funding is limited, so grants will be paid on a first come, first served basis, as long as all necessary information is supplied.

Hospitality, tourism, events and recreational (including creative) businesses who have previously received a COVID support grant from the Borough Council are being contacted and invited to check if they are eligible to apply as soon as possible, however affected businesses are urged to check the criteria to see if they are eligible for a grant.  

Leader of the Council, Councillor Stuart Bray said:

This discretionary grant scheme will allow us to provide much needed support for smaller businesses in the borough, who have not been eligible for other government schemes, to help protect people’s jobs for the future.

Whilst I welcome this extra funding I would urge businesses to make their application immediately as it is most likely, there will be more businesses needing support than can be provided by the allocation provided.

Applications can be made from Wednesday 5 January 2022 and the grant scheme closes at midnight on Monday 31 January 2022. Payments will be paid before mid-March 2022.

All information and how to apply