Eligible businesses can now apply for discretionary business grants.
The government has given the council £2,248,180 in Additional Restrictions Grant, which is given to businesses that don’t pay business rates and have been affected by the lockdown but are not legally required to close.
This funding lasts until March 2022 and is based on £20 per person in Crawley rather than the number of businesses in the town.
Eligible businesses are those who:
- Are not entitled to Local Restriction Support Grants, and
- Were open and trading the day before national restrictions were imposed (Wednesday 4 November), and
- Are now required to close under national restrictions or, while not legally forced to close, are severely impacted by the restrictions.
Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant can now be made at grantapproval.co.uk
Businesses can check if they’re eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant by visiting gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-additional-restrictions-grant
Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said: “While we haven’t been allocated enough funding to help every local business, we will do everything we can to support as many Crawley businesses as possible. If you need support please get in touch via the council’s dedicated webpage.”
Applications for the Local Restriction Support Grant opened on 17 November. Businesses forced to close by the second lockdown can apply for this grant at grantapproval.co.uk
For more details on help available for businesses visit crawley.gov.uk/emergency/coronavirus-information/businesses-and-employers