Published Friday, 15 January 2021
Businesses in Hinckley and Bosworth that have been forced to temporarily close or severely affected by government restrictions in December and January may be eligible to apply for several new grants.
Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council is currently administering several different grant schemes from central government as part of its COVID-19 support for businesses.
A number of grants are now available for businesses - such as non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality – which were told to temporarily close to the public. The grants are fixed with the amount depending on the rateable value of the premises. These include:
- Tier 4 grant for the five days the borough was under Tier 4 restrictions in late December
- National lockdown grant funding effective for six weeks from 5 January
- Closed lockdown payment, a one-off top up grant
In order to make it as simple as possible for eligible businesses, the council will contact all businesses who previously qualified for a local restrictions support grant for the November national restrictions and invite them to confirm their circumstances haven’t changed and that they wish to apply for the new grants. Once this declaration is received, the council will use the details previously supplied to make any new grant payments the business is eligible for.
Any remaining businesses which were told to close as part of November’s national restrictions and which have not yet applied for the local restrictions grant are urged to do so as soon as possible.
More information about all the grants currently available
Council Leader Stuart Bray added: "As new grants are made available to support our local businesses, the teams have been working hard to streamline the application process as far as possible under the strict and complex criteria we are given in a bid to reduce the administrative burden and ensure our businesses receive the support they are entitled to. We are determined to get these grants out to our local businesses as soon as we possibly can at this difficult time to try to mitigate the impact of these restrictions on the local economy."
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