Second round of discretionary business grants scheme available

Second round of discretionary business grants scheme available

  • For information about the discretionary grant and how to apply click here
  • To access the application form directly, please click here.

 

A further group of businesses will be able to apply for funding aimed at helping those businesses whose finances have been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Southend-on-Sea Council received £1.94 million from Central Government’s Discretionary Business Grants scheme, to enable non-repayable grants to be paid to some businesses which are struggling to survive due to a significant loss of income and on-going fixed property costs.

The Government has announced the closure of the business grant schemes and that all final grant payments must be paid by 30th September 2020.

We still have funds available to enable a wider range of businesses to benefit from this funding. Applications for the second round of funding can be made from Monday, 3rd August until Friday, August 28 to allow time for the processing of the final grants.

Applications are now invited from businesses with a Rateable Value up to and including £59,999 from any eligible businesses and charities excluding businesses that we are not able to support on this occasion please see list of exemptions below. The Businesses applying must not have received other Government grants, including a Small Business Grant, a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant, or a first round discretionary grant.

Businesses are invited to apply which have relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs, and which can demonstrate they’ve suffered an income fall due to the pandemic. The level of grant to be paid is £2,500.

We may have funding left after all applications have been assessed and maybe able to increase the funding offered to businesses paid in the discretionary scheme both first and second phases.

It is really important that you include all the information requested on the application form, if we have to ask you for further information there may not be sufficient time.

The application period will close at midnight on 28th August 2020.

Details of all coronavirus-related help for businesses, including all the funding schemes, is available at Southend-on-Sea Council’s website at https://www.southend.gov.uk/coronavirus.

You can apply using the following link, please note you will need to have all the evidence available before you start to complete the application, so please read the business grants page before you start your application. Alternatively you can go directly to the link by clicking here and using “second phase” on the drop down.

We will let you know our decision either in writing or by email. We will make a decision as soon as we can after the closing date.

Businesses which we are unable to support in this expanded scheme:

Public Sector Buildings

Ambulance Station & Premises, Cemetery & Premises, Fire/Police Station & Premises. Hospital & Premises, Law Court & Premises, Library & Premises, Museum & Premises

Educational Establishments

College and Premises & University & Premises

Sports/Open Spaces

Sports Ground &Premises, Playing Fields & Premises

Assessments in open spaces

Advertising Right & Premises

Car Park & Premises, Car Parking Space &premises

Communication Station & Premises, Fibre Optic Metro Broadband Network

Personal Use Type Properties

Beach Hut & Premises

Stores & Premises, Land used for Storage & Premises

Financial Related

Bank and Premises, & ATM’s

National Businesses

A group of outlets owned by one company and spread across various locations nationwide or worldwide, with similar appearance and providing similar services or goods across the outlets.

Juliana Hodel
JRamosdaCostaHodel@Savs-southend.co.uk