Deadline nears for discretionary grant fund

The deadline for Derbyshire Dales businesses impacted by Covid-19 to apply for discretionary grant funding is 5pm on 7 July.

Last week your District Council issued a second call for applications to the discretionary fund, widening support to eligible small and micro businesses unable to access other Government Covid-related grant schemes.

Key criteria include occupying business property with a combined rateable value or annual rent below £51,000.

The Derbyshire Dales Covid19 Discretionary Grant Fund has a limited allocation of £1.7m made available by the Government to help certain small and micro businesses prioritised for support. A proportion of this funding was allocated under the first call for applications.

Under the second call, the District Council has extended local discretion to enable small businesses unable to access the Government’s Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant or Small Business Grant Fund (for those in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief) to apply. The level of grant awarded to successful applicants will be determined subject to demand and availability of funds.

A District Council spokesperson said:
"We want to hear from local firms with business premises that have been impacted by Covid 19 but have so far missed out on Government grants.
“If the business property in question has a combined rateable value of less than £51,000 and the owner can evidence regular fixed business premises costs of more than £2,400 per annum, we may be able to help with funding.
“We hope the new criteria will benefit even more small and micro businesses with high ongoing, fixed property-related costs struggling to survive due to the coronavirus shutdown.”

Derbyshire Dales businesses can apply for the fund and find more information online at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/covidfund
The deadline for Derbyshire Dales businesses impacted by Covid-19 to apply for discretionary grant funding is 5pm on 7 July.

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