Friday, June 5, 2020

Lincolnshire businesses encouraged to access Coronavirus funds

Businesses across Greater Lincolnshire and Rutland are being encouraged to provide contact details to their district council or unitary authority if they think they are eligible for financial support to help them through the COVID-19 pandemic.

A new advice page has been published on the Business Lincolnshire website with links to the councils that should be contacted depending on where your business is based.

The page can be found at: https://www.businesslincolnshire.com/explore/building-business-resilience/resources-for-coronavirus-support/covid-19-funding-and-support-for-businesses/

Councils have written to thousands of businesses across the area that are eligible for these funds:

Small Business Grants Fund
Small businesses that pay little or no business rates and are eligible for small business rate relief or rural rate relief will receive a £10,000 cash grant.

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grants Fund
If you run a business in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector and your premises have a rateable value under £15,000, you will receive a grant of £10,000.

If you run a business in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector and your premises have a rateable value between £15,001 and £51,000, you will receive a grant of £25,000.

These are grants, not loans, and do not need to be paid back.

To be eligible your business must be:

  • based in England
  • receiving small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • in an occupied property as of 11th March 2020 that is wholly or mainly being used
  • neither liquidated nor dissolved as of 11th March 2020

Councils began releasing the grants from 1st April 2020 and will be paying them in tranches, so not all will be paid immediately.

While councils have written to eligible businesses, some businesses may not appear on the council’s database or the business owner might not be at the relevant address, so it is important to visit your council’s website and complete the form, even if you do not receive a letter or email.

Businesses eligible for the business rates holiday will receive revised bills soon so there is no need to contact the council about this.

The local authorities administering the financial support are:

  • Boston Borough Council
  • City of Lincoln Council
  • East Lindsey District Council
  • North Kesteven District Council
  • North Lincolnshire Council
  • North East Lincolnshire Council
  • Rutland County Council
  • South Holland District Council
  • South Kesteven District Council
  • West Lindsey District Council

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