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Two further business support grant schemes now open

Business support Published Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Wyre Council has opened applications for its two discretionary local restrictions support grant schemes.

The Additional Restrictions Grant scheme (ARG) is now live and applications can be made until noon on 10 December 2020.

The ARG is a discretionary scheme, which will apply from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 aimed at leisure, hospitality and accommodation businesses and other local priority businesses.

The scheme will prioritise the following:

  • Wyre businesses that occupy business premises, (with fixed premises costs) and have been required to close due to nationally imposed restrictions, but do not have a business rates account and are therefore ineligible for Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed).
  •  Wyre businesses, with or without rateable premises, which are severely negatively impacted by national and local (very high) restrictions, but which may not be required to close.  Priority will be given to businesses which support/supply the non-essential retail, leisure and hospitality sectors, regular market traders who do not have their own business rates assessments, charity properties and businesses in the events sector.

Applications from retail, hospitality, leisure and events supply chain businesses without a ratings assessment will be considered if funding remains after the local priority business eligible applications have been met.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (open), a second discretionary scheme launched earlier this month, is also still open for applications. This scheme is for businesses who were not required to close but who were severely impacted on or after 22 September when Lancashire went into extra restrictions up until 4 November prior to the national lockdown. This is also aimed at leisure, hospitality and accommodation businesses and other local priorities.

Full details of local priorities and eligibility are on Wyre’s Council’s website along with the relevant application forms.

Applications are still open for the two earlier mandatory schemes which were set up to help businesses forced to close as part of either the local restrictions or the national lockdown.

The criteria and grant amounts vary based on the level of restrictions and their duration, as well as the size of the business applying.

Councillor Alan Vincent, Resources Portfolio Holder at Wyre Council comments, “We hope that our Local Restrictions Support Grants will provide much needed support to businesses severely affected by the coronavirus restrictions and lockdown. We have worked extremely hard and at pace, going through complex government guidance to put together our discretionary schemes to support the sectors and local priorities which were impacted the most. I would urge business owners to go check the guidance and criteria on our website and if they are eligible to make an application as soon as possible.”

Full details of all the schemes and the relevant application forms can be found at www.wyre.gov.uk/localrestrictionssupportgrant

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