By KLTV Newsdesk
Local non-essential businesses that wish to receive one-off top-up grants following the latest national lockdown, must do so by the end of the month.
Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses that have been legally required to close during the latest national lockdown can apply for grants of up to £9000.
Business must do so via the Kirklees Council website here.
The council says that the one-off grant aims to help business that have been significantly impacted by the national lockdown that was brought into effect on the 5 January 2021.
Businesses only have a short window to apply, however, with the deadline for submissions being 31 January.
There are also three other business support grants currently available that have different criteria.
It’s recommended that businesses double-check, as they may be eligible for more than one grant.
The one-off top-ups will be granted to closed businesses on a per property basis as follows:
Which businesses are eligible for the Lockdown Grant offer?
Any business which is legally required to close, and/or which cannot operate effectively remotely will be eligible for a grant.
The grants available are as follows:
- £4,000 for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
- £6,000 for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
- £9,000 for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000
Additional discretionary funding will also be made available for councils to support other businesses that are not eligible for the above grant but are affected by the restrictions.
What else is available?
There are also two separate grants available for businesses impacted during the 2nd lockdown between 5 November and 2 December.
One is for businesses that were forced to close during the period, and the other is for businesses that were able to remain open but were significantly impacted.
The deadline for applications for both is also 31 January 2021.
For businesses legally required to close
Business premises forced to close will receive grants worth up to £3,000 per 28 days under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) scheme.
For businesses that were not legally required to close but impacted
Eligible businesses that were not legally required to close but that have been significantly impacted by the restrictions under Tier 2/Tier 3 will receive a grant of up to £2,100 per 28 days under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) scheme.
Full details of the grant scheme are available on the council’s website.
It is not currently known whether or not there will be further grants available after this period.