The Government has provided funding through the Additional Restrictions Grant to support businesses in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Worcester City Council has allocated some of this funding for a Local Restrictions Discretionary Grant scheme.
The Council has agreed a policy for these grants and is now inviting eligible businesses to apply. There are two Local Restrictions Discretionary Grants.
Local Restrictions Discretionary Grant (Immediate)
The Local Restrictions Discretionary Grant (Immediate) is for those businesses which are not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant and have been impacted by the November 2020 national lockdown. Worcester City Council will, at its own discretion, support businesses and organisations that meet the following criteria:
- Businesses and organisations that are severely impacted by restrictions e.g. that supply the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, or are in the event sector
- Businesses and organisations that rely on providing ‘in person’ services either from their premises or at customer premises and have been severely impacted by the current lockdown, e.g. they have had to close or chosen to close, experienced loss of income, or are unable to provide services remotely.
Businesses and organisations are eligible to apply, if they:
- were trading on 4 November 2020
- are of any size, subject to the amount of the grant not exceeding state aid limits - this includes limited companies, partnerships, sole traders, charities and community interest companies
- occupy rateable or non-rateable property.
Eligible businesses may receive more than one Local Restrictions Discretionary Grant (Immediate) if they can demonstrate that they trade from separate premises, e.g. separate business rates accounts or rental agreements for each premises. In these instances, the grant amount may be adjusted to reflect the number of days/week occupied at each premises. A separate application is required for each premises occupied.
Businesses and organisations that have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) are eligible to apply.
Grants of up to £3,000 will be offered to businesses and organisations which meet the eligibility criteria.
Companies that are in administration, are insolvent or are the subject of a striking-off notice will not be eligible.
The deadline for application is 5pm on Friday 11 December 2020.
Local Restrictions Discretionary Grant (Recovery)
The Local Restrictions Discretionary Grant (Recovery) is for businesses that have sustained an ongoing impact from COVID-19 which has affected their sustainability.
Further details will be available on 14 December 2020.
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