Saturday, 23 May 2020

North Somerset Council Discretionary Grants Fund Opens 26th May

Small businesses in North Somerset, which have yet to receive financial support during the COVID-19 crisis, can now apply for additional funding following an announcement from the Government.

A grant of £2.1 million has been awarded to North Somerset Council as part of a new Government Discretionary Grants Fund, and will offer financial support to small businesses that can demonstrate:

-they have suffered a significant fall in income because of the Covid-19 pandemic
-have fixed property-related costs
-employ fewer than 50 employees

The Government is asking councils to prioritise the following types of businesses:

-small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces
-regular market traders who do not have their own business rate assessment
-bed and breakfasts (excluding Airbnb) which pay council tax instead of business rates
-charity properties that receive charitable business rates relief, which would otherwise have been eligible for small business rates relief or rural rate relief

Organisations applying for the fund must have been trading on 11th March 2020 and not have received any other Government funding.

Businesses need to apply online to the Discretionary Grants Fund quickly, as the window is only open for two weeks from the 26th May until the 8th June.

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