Additional Restrictions Grant
At its meeting on the 14th of July Burnley Council’s Executive agreed to allocate funding from the Council’s Additional Restriction allocation to introduce a new discretionary Covid outbreak closure grant. The grant is to support small businesses that are forced to close due to employees testing positive for COVID 19 or are required to self-isolate which, as a result, prevents the business from operating.
COVID OUTBREAK CLOSURE GRANT
Key Eligibility Criteria
The COVID Outbreak Closure Grant is open to small businesses that meet the following criteria: -
- only eligible to businesses which have had to close on or after the 14th of July 2021
- be a small business that employs 10 or less full-time equivalent employees
- must occupy premises in Burnley with a rateable value and be liable for business rates (unless in receipt of SBRR) or pay an all-inclusive rent and rates bill to a landlord
- be able to provide evidence of the notification from the NHS Covid-19 app or NHS Test & Trace to self-isolate or evidence of a positive test.
- For the avoidance of doubt, businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
An online application form is to be completed and businesses are required to provide the following supporting information: -
- a brief summary explaining why the business has had to close, for how long and what alternatives you had considered to remain open.
- Evidence to show that there has been an outbreak of COVID 19, either a copy/screen shot of the Covid test result from the NHS Covid 19 app, or the NHS Test & Trace being notified to self-isolate.
- An estimate of the expected financial loss to the business as a result of having to close the business
A grant of up to £1,000 will be available to mitigate losses incurred as a result of closures due to the workplace outbreaks. (up to 1 grant per calendar month).
Businesses that experience repeated outbreaks will be required to show they are putting in plans to prevent further outbreaks.
There is no right of appeal to the Council decision.
Additional Restrictions Grant - Discretionary Hardship Fund
In addition to the COVID Closure Grant funding has also been allocated by the Council for a Discretionary Hardship Fund.
The Discretionary Hardship Fund is open to businesses in key sectors that either provide an important service to the borough or provide a significant economic/employment benefit that are facing significant and potentially longer-term financial difficulties due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Businesses may be eligible to apply for a one-off grant where they have significant ongoing overheads and where an Additional Restrictions Grant intervention would safeguard jobs.
The scheme is aimed at businesses that have not been in receipt of a Local Restrictions Support Grant. In exceptional circumstances businesses that have been in receipt of LRSG will be considered, subject to grant availability and where they can demonstrate that additional assistance through the Hardship fund would support recovery and safeguard jobs
Key Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible to apply for funding businesses must:
- Employ ten or more staff (pre COVID-19)
- Be safeguarding jobs
- Be in a key sector (advanced manufacturing; aerospace; finance & professional; creative & digital; energy & environment and health
- Have significant on-going overheads (e.g. business rates liability, mortgage, lease/rental costs)
- Have undertaken or plan investment in the business
Business will be required to complete an application form and provide the following information:
- a detailed business case clearly showing how the pandemic has impacted on the business.
- a recovery plan showing how and what measures the business will be putting in place for coming out of the pandemic and how the business will safeguard jobs.
- the last 2 years audited accounts.
- a cash flow forecast compared to pre-COVID projections
Grants of up to £100,000 may be awarded in exceptional circumstances. Applications will be assessed and approved based on the business case provided in the application and the number of jobs that will be safeguarded as a result of the grant support.
If you feel your business meets the criteria set out above, please email the Council's business support team at firstname.lastname@example.org who will respond to your enquiry.
Funding is limited for both the COVID Outbreak Closure Grant and the Discretionary Hardship Fund and once allocated no further funding will be available.
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Other Financial Support
- Job support scheme where Government will pay one third of employer's wages where businesses have to close (.gov.uk)
- For more information on what Tier 3 means for Lancashire (.gov.uk)
The Government has issued advice to employers and businesses on support that could be available to them during the current crisis. Find out more