New 'lockdown' grants are available to businesses affected by the latest Covid-19 restrictions.
Business grants increased and deadlines extended
To reflect the Tier 3 restrictions in Sheffield, there will be an increase in the grant amounts awarded to businesses in the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors who are successful in applying for the national lockdown and supply chain grants.
The new Tier 3 restrictions have come into effect at what would usually be one of the busiest times for many businesses, and an increase in grant funding of up to £6,000 has been brought in to reflect this. This has been welcomed by the business community, and businesses are encouraged to apply now if they haven’t already.
Businesses can still apply for a Lockdown Grant, which includes the national lockdown period from 5th November and, for some businesses, the initial Tier 2 and Tier 3 period back to 14th October. There is currently no deadline to apply for this grant and where an application has been successful, payments will be topped up without the need for further applications if the business meets the grant criteria.
Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Business and Investment at Sheffield City Council said:
‘We are delighted that we have been able to increase the levels of grants available to some businesses at such a critical time. We know that businesses may still be confused about whether they can apply for a grant and which grant applies to them. It’s just one application per business- you do not need to apply for different schemes. We have tried to streamline the grant application process as much as possible so it’s one application. “Tier 2 and 3 ‘top ups’ will be automatically applied to businesses who are eligible.”
Hayley and Mike Stones, owners of Dore Café, recently applied for the Business Lockdown Grant:
‘Our café is closed so our customers can’t sit in but we have changed to provide a takeaway service - we recently applied for the Business Lockdown Grant after learning that we could even though we were open for takeaway- because our main area of business is forced to close. If you, like us, were forced to close under Tier 3 restrictions or lockdown please apply for the grant.’
The Supply Chain Grant also benefits from increased grant amounts and the application deadline has been extended from 24th December to the 15th January. This is the only grant to currently have an application deadline. This grant is for supply chain businesses with premises costs, where the majority of business activity is supplying to the hospitality, accommodation, leisure or entertainment sectors. These businesses will be experiencing a significant loss of trade due to local and national restrictions.
Cutting through the confusion
- Your business can still apply if you received an original national lockdown grant
- Your business can still apply even if the main part of your business was forced but have been able to operate a takeaway service (for example a café) or click and collect (for example a non-essential retailer) during lockdown.
- If your business has applied for a grant since October and you have been successful you do not need to reapply. Payments will be topped up without the need for further applications where a business meets the grant criteria going forward.
- You are still a rate payer even if you receive a bill from Sheffield City Council Business Rates team for £0.
- Your business can still apply even if you have received any form of Business Rates Relief.
For support and advice on accessing these grants, please contact Business Sheffield on telephone 0114 224 5000 or email email@example.com.
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