Allerdale Borough Council urges businesses to apply for grant schemes as deadlines approach
Allerdale Borough Council are encouraging eligible local businesses to apply for government-backed grants made available to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, ahead of fast-approaching deadlines.
The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Spring Back Payment is a discretionary grant intended to help businesses as coronavirus restrictions are eased across the country. It is aimed at those organisations that have been severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of Covid-19, but which are not eligible for the other funding that is available through the Restart Grant scheme.
Grants are based on the level of fixed business costs and range from £2,000 to £10,000.
The application window for the Spring Back Payment closes at 5pm on 30 June 2021. The deadline has been extended to enable as many businesses as possible to apply.
Payments under the scheme are prioritised according to three categories. Businesses in the hospitality, hotel, B&B and leisure industries as well as the retail sector are the first priority, alongside event management businesses and those that rely on close contact such as beauticians, taxi drivers and driving instructors.
A full description of the eligibility criteria is available on the council’s website: https://www.allerdale.gov.uk/en/coronavirus/coronavirus-business-grants-claims/.
Another grant which will soon be closing to new applications is the Restart Grant.
If businesses are eligible for a Restart Grant they will not be eligible for the Spring Back Payment and are therefore asked not to complete the Spring Back application form.
The Restart Grant scheme application deadline is 30 June 2021.
The Restart Grant scheme is broken down into two strands and supports businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors. Allerdale Borough Council have, to date, issued 1,653 payments totalling more than £13 million.
The grant amounts are a one-off payment for each eligible property, based on their rateable value:
· a one-off grant of up to £6,000 in the non-essential retail sector
· a one-off grant of up to £18,000 in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors
More information on the help available to businesses is available on the council’s website: https://www.allerdale.gov.uk/en/coronavirus/coronavirus-business-grants-claims/
Businesses are also encouraged to check the website page for any updates regularly which includes information on financial help and how to reopen safely. Help and advice is also available from the council’s customer service team on 0303 123 1702.