North Somerset Council have reopened the application process for its next wave of discretionary business grants worth up to £5,000 from the 29th June 2020.
This grant scheme is designed to provide additional support to businesses that are outside the scope of the mandatory business grant funds scheme. Businesses are only entitled to this grant where they have not received the original business support grant or other grants awarded in support of dealing with COVID-19.
The maximum grant is £5,000, and eligible small businesses include those in shared offices, regular market or street traders, bed and breakfasts (excluding Airbnb) and charity properties receiving charitable business rates.
Applications are open from the 29th June for two weeks (which closes on the 13th July). North Somerset Council anticipate paying eligible grants on the 27th July 2020. The revised scheme will now consider new applications from a wider range of business than the previous scheme. NSC have expanded the criteria to include those that operate in the following sectors:
-Education and Child Care
-Leisure and Entertainment
-Wholesalers, including business to business activities
Businesses eligible under the previous round of the discretionary scheme remain eligible.