Published: Wednesday, 10th June 2020
The Local Discretionary Grant scheme will see businesses and charities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic receive £1.22 million of Government money through Broadland District Council.
The scheme is aimed at small businesses and charities who were unable to apply for previous coronavirus business support grants that have already provided £23 million of support to the local economy since the start of the crisis.
Many small businesses, micro businesses and charities who are able to demonstrate they have suffered a severe loss of income due to the Covid-19 crisis will be able to apply for the grants through Broadland District Council’s website, provided they meet criteria set by the Government and the Council.
Businesses and charities able to apply for the grant include:
- Businesses with fixed property-related costs
- Those who have suffered a major loss in income
- Regular market traders with fixed building costs
- Businesses who use shared office or work spaces (such as serviced offices)
- Bed and breakfasts who pay Council Tax instead of business rates
- Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief
- Business sectors that are important to the local economy
Businesses who have previously received cash grants as support during the Covid-19 crisis will not be eligible to apply.
Councillor Jo Copplestone, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development said:
“During the Covid-19 pandemic we have seen so many businesses and members of the community go above and beyond to support each other through these trying times, demonstrating the Council’s ‘Community at Heart’ strapline runs to the core of many of our residents.
“The Local Discretionary Grant Scheme seeks to provide the type of financial support to small businesses and charities that local communities do not have the resources to do.
“We hope the scheme will enable many of the charities and small businesses that are such cornerstones of community to receive the financial support they need to come out of the other side of this crisis ready to thrive.”
Businesses and charities in Broadland can apply for the grants here.