The Derbyshire Dales Covid-19 Discretionary Grant Fund has been further extended to include more small businesses struggling to survive due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The final call for applications extends the eligibility criteria to include local, independent small and micro businesses with high, ongoing fixed premises costs occupying business property with a combined rateable value or annual rent below £101,000.
To support the phased re-opening of the economy, priority will be given to businesses required to close and unable to trade (to any extent) during the shutdown, specifically pubs and restaurants, hotels and caravan sites and local visitor attractions.
Applications from other local small and micro businesses (occupying business property with a combined rateable value or annual rent below £101,000) with high, ongoing fixed property-related costs experiencing significant disruption due to COVID-19 will also be considered, with priority given to businesses in manufacturing and engineering.
The grants are funded by a limited allocation of £1.7m made available by the Government to Derbyshire Dales District Council to help certain small and micro businesses prioritised for support at the national and local level. Under the previous call for applications, a proportion of this funding has now been allocated.
A District Council spokesperson said:
"We are using our discretionary powers to further extend the criteria for this final round of grant funding to include more Dales businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Small or micro businesses must satisfy core eligibility criteria to apply, including trading on 11 March 2020 from premises used wholly or mainly for business purposes, have high ongoing fixed business property costs and applicants must be able to demonstrate a reduction in turnover of 20% or more due to the impact of Covid-19."
Businesses considering applying for a discretionary grant are urged to read the detailed guidance available at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/discretionarygrant