BUSINESSES and charities are being called upon to apply for grants to help with costs and loss of income during the coronavirus lockdown.
Leicester City Council is using the additional restrictions grant (ARG) to support a range of locally-run public-facing businesses and groups who are experiencing significant loss of income, along with ongoing premises and other non-payroll costs.
It is the latest in a range of grants being made available through the city council in order to help businesses.
Over £5m has been paid to businesses so far.
Those currently eligible to apply for discretionary grants include:
- Dry cleaners and vehicle repairers
- Charity offices
- Places of public worship with defined community facilities
- Non-essential businesses which are legally required to close, located in business premises where they are not the direct ratepayer
- Approved driving instructors
- City centre essential retailers
For full eligibility criteria and other details of the Additional Restrictions Grant visit here.
The approach to discretionary grants is regularly updated, with eligibility criteria detailed on the web pages.
Owners of any public-facing businesses which were legally required to close, but which have not yet claimed the mandatory national lockdown grants should do so by March 31, 2021. Any claims received from April 1 onwards will only be eligible for grants from February 16, 2021.
Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The ongoing lockdown restrictions have affected businesses across the city, and these grants can provide much-needed financial support.
“I’d urge businesses to check whether they are eligible and make sure they claim the help to which they are entitled.”
Details of the National Lockdown Grant Application are available here.