The online application process for the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund for businesses is now open.
This new grant of up to £10,000 is open to small and micro businesses which have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but which aren’t eligible for the Government’s Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Fund.
Eligible Calderdale businesses can apply for the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund at www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-business-support until 5pm on Friday 26 June 2020.
Calderdale Council has £3.2 million from the Government to award the new grant locally. This does not cover the full amount of support needed, so the Council is lobbying Government for more funds and can currently only accept applications from the following types of business:
Cllr Jane Scullion, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Resources, said:
“We know that many small businesses are still struggling with the impact of lockdown, so we’re pleased to launch the new grant to help those that were unable to get the Government’s previous financial support.
“Since we announced the grant, dozens of businesses have expressed interest in applying, and our teams have been working very hard to get the application process up and running. We will continue to support businesses in every way we can, to help them get back on their feet as we move towards the ‘new normal’.”
When the grant application process has closed in three weeks’ time, the Council will review the funding available. Any remaining amount will be made available for other types of business in a second round of grant applications.
In the first phase, grants will be available as follows:
The online application form for the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund went live on Friday 5 June. Businesses are urged to check their eligibility before applying at www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-business-support and must ensure they have the following information when completing the application form: their Business Rates or Council Tax account number; evidence of the number of staff employed; evidence of the lease or rental agreement for the property; evidence of the financial impact of COVID-19.
Any questions should be directed to Covid19.Business@calderdale.gov.uk