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Crawley Council pays out £11.7m in grants to businesses affected by coronavirus

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Crawley Borough Council has paid a total of £11.7m in grants to more than 800 businesses affected by coronavirus – and is launching its Discretionary Business Grants for eligible small and micro businesses on Monday.

The £11.7m given out equates to 97 per cent of the funding received from the Government – one of the highest rates in the country. This was made up of Small Business Grants of £10,000 and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants of £10,000 or £25,000.

The council has now received a much smaller funding allocation from the Government of £612,750 for Discretionary Business Grants, which are aimed at eligible small and micro-businesses in Crawley.

These businesses can start applying to the council for a grant from Monday (1 June) until Sunday 14 June. This will provide further grant funding for a limited number of additional micro and small businesses. A micro or small business has fewer than 50 employees.

The Government’s intention is that the Discretionary Business Grants benefit small and micro businesses who have not benefited to date from other government business support programmes set up in response to the coronavirus crisis. These include the Small Business Grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grant schemes and businesses in receipt of one of these grants are therefore not eligible to apply.

In view of the very limited amount of funding, the council particularly welcomes and will seek to prioritise applications from small / micro businesses that applied to the above schemes but were unsuccessful. In addition, the council welcomes applications from small / micro businesses faced with high property costs and the risk of significant income, jobs and business losses as a result of the crisis.

It is likely that there will be great demand for these grants and that the scheme will be heavily oversubscribed. Only a small minority of business applicants are likely to be successful in securing grant funding from this particular scheme. For those applicants that are successful the council will ensure that grant payments are made as quickly as possible, subject to due diligence checks.

Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said:

“The council officers have done a tremendous job ensuring that the Government grants to Crawley businesses have been distributed as quickly as possible as we do our best to support businesses and residents through these very difficult economic times.”

Further information on the Discretionary Grants Fund and an application form can be found on the council’s website from Monday at https://bit.ly/cbcdiscretionarygrant

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Over £2m given to Crawley Council for discretionary business grants

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Eligible Crawley businesses can now apply for discretionary business grants.

The government has given the council £2,248,180 in Additional Restrictions Grant, which is given to businesses that have been affected by the lockdown but are not legally required to close.

This funding lasts until March 2022 and is based on £20 per person in Crawley rather than the number of businesses in the town.

Eligible businesses are those who:

  • Are not entitled to Local Restriction Support Grants, and
  • Were open and trading the day before national restrictions were imposed (Wednesday 4 November), and
  • Are now required to close under national restrictions or, while not legally forced to close, are severely impacted by the restrictions.

Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant can now be made at grantapproval.co.uk

There are different types of grants based on the rateable value of property/property costs or business type.

Businesses can check if they’re eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant by visiting gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-additional-restrictions-grant

There is further guidance and a copy of the West Sussex countywide policy on the council’s website. The scheme will close on Sunday 13 December and the aim is to make payments as soon as possible after that.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“While we haven’t been allocated enough funding to help every local business, we will do everything we can to support as many Crawley businesses as possible.

“If you need support please get in touch via the council’s dedicated webpage.”

Applications for the Local Restriction Support Grant opened on 17 November. Businesses forced to close by the second lockdown can apply for this grant at grantapproval.co.uk For more details on help available for businesses visit crawley.gov.uk/emergency/coronavirus-information/businesses-and-employers

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