Deadline looms for discretionary business grants applications

Eligible businesses have just a week left to apply for discretionary business grants.

The government has given Crawley Borough Council £2,248,180 in Additional Restrictions Grant, which can be distributed to businesses that have been affected by the lockdown but are not legally required to close. This funding lasts until March 2022.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 13 December but, with only a week to go, the council has received just 221 applications, including 184 from taxi drivers. The council is aiming to make payments as soon as possible after the closing date.

Eligible businesses are those who:

  • Are not entitled to Local Restriction Support Grants (were not mandated to close), and
  • Were open and trading the day before national restrictions were imposed (Wednesday 4 November), and
  • Can prove that they were severely impacted by the restrictions.

Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant can be made at grantapproval.co.uk

There are different types of grants based on the rateable value of property/property costs or business type.

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

There is further guidance and a copy of the West Sussex countywide policy on the council’s website at crawley.gov.uk/coronavirus

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

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