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Businesses - get your free money NOW! (If you don't it'll go back to the government, who will probably just waste it)

July 30, 2020 9:23 PM
By WC

MoneyBusinesses in Wiltshire are being urged to apply for grant funding before the schemes close on Friday 28 August 2020.

Nearly 7,500 businesses in the county have benefitted from either a £10,000 Small Business Grant, or a £10,000 or £25,000 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant. This funding, which does not have to be repaid, has offered a lifeline to many small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

These grant schemes are still open and eligible businesses are being encouraged to apply online as soon as possible. Applications and any additional information required must be received by 5pm on Monday 24 August 2020 to allow sufficient time for the application to be processed and the funding paid before the grants programme closes.

In addition, a further 450 businesses so far have received £7,000 through the Discretionary Grants Fund. This scheme is now closed to new applications and those applications that have not yet been paid are continuing to be processed.

Wiltshire Council has given out nearly £89 million to local businesses through the Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund and over £3 million through the Discretionary Grants Fund. These grants have been vital to the local economy, helping to ensure the survival of shops, cafes, hotels, restaurants and many other businesses.

If you think you may be eligible, complete the online application form and provide all the supporting documents required as soon as possible by the 5pm Monday 24 August deadline.

After the grants funding closes any unspent grant has to be returned to central government.

To apply online visit: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/business-advice-support-covid19

Small Business Grant Scheme for businesses in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) and rural rates relief, who will receive a one-off grant of £10,000.

Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme is a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property.

  • Those businesses with a rateable value of under £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000
  • Those businesses with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000

Discretionary Grant Scheme is where a one-off grant worth £7,000 helps support small and micro businesses that can demonstrate they have suffered a significant fall in income due to COVID-19, have ongoing fixed property-related costs and occupy property or shared office space with a rateable value below £51,000