Further Discretionary Grants for small businesses affected by Covid-19

Published Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Applications have opened for the second round of the Local Authority Discretionary Grants scheme for small businesses.

The grants are targeted at businesses in Waverley that have suffered losses due to Covid-19 and which have not been eligible for any other government grant schemes.

Round two widens the eligibility to include businesses with a Rateable Value or fixed property related costs of up to £55,000 per year. Businesses that did not apply for the first round, but would have met the eligibility criteria, may also apply in this round.

Businesses must have been trading on or before 11 March 2020, employ fewer than 50 people, have fixed building-related costs and have seen a significant fall in income due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Full information on the eligibility criteria and the online application form are available on the council’s website: www.waverley.gov.uk/discretionarygrants. Applications close at 9am on Monday, 3 August 2020.

Councillor Liz Townsend, Waverley Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Parks and Leisure, said: “We know there are more small businesses in the borough that have not received any government grants and we are urging them to come forward and make a claim.

“The government has set aside this money for us to help small businesses in the borough and we are very keen to get it into the hands of business owners as soon as possible.

“It’s incredibly important to protect our small businesses as they are the bedrock of our local economies and provide vital services and employment to our communities. If you know someone that has a small business that has been affected by the crisis, please encourage them to go to the Waverley website and check their eligibility.”

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