A last call is going out to a small number of local businesses yet to apply for Covid business support grants.

Two grant schemes were launched after the outbreak began to help businesses through the pandemic.

In the first scheme, grants of £10,000 were made available to support the many small businesses which pay little or no business rates due to receiving small business rate relief (SBRR) or rural rate relief (RRR). A £25,000 grant was also made available to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses operating from smaller premises, with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000. So far, that scheme has seen NDC administer payments amounting to £42.2 million to 3,747 businesses, representing 95% of those eligible. Now the council is appealing to the last 143 eligible businesses to apply before it's too late. The deadline for applications is 19 August.

The second scheme of discretionary grants was aimed at small and micro businesses that were not eligible for the original fund. A final five-day application window is being opened up from 10-14 August aimed at sectors that couldn’t previously apply:

  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Gardeners/handyperson
  • Service sectors
Council Leader Cllr David Worden says: "These grants have been vital to our local economy – helping ensure the survival of shops, cafes, hotels, restaurants and many other businesses. We are in the final stages of these programmes. The vast majority of eligible businesses have now claimed grants. If you think that you are eligible, but have not yet been in touch with us about this, please do so as soon as possible."