Mansfield District Council has launched the Government’s financial support package for local businesses affected by Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions and the national lockdown.
There are various grants available for businesses, subject to their eligibility. The amount of grant payable to businesses will vary based on the rateable value of the business premises.
The schemes are:
- The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) discretionary scheme
This is aimed at supporting businesses that were not legally forced to close under Tier 2 and 3 restrictions but were severely impacted by the localised restrictions on socialising that were in place. This funding is available on a pro rata basis from 14 October 2020 up to and including 4 November 2020 before national restrictions started and the mandatory scheme took over.
- The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) mandatory scheme
This is for businesses that were legally required to close when Nottinghamshire entered Tier 3 local restrictions on 30 October 2020 and under the national lockdown, which is in force from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020.
- The Local Restrictions Grant (Sector) scheme
This is for businesses, such as nightclubs, that were legally required to close on 23 March 2020 and have had to remain closed. These businesses are also eligible for the Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) scheme whilst the national lockdown is in force.
- Additional Restrictions Grant
There is limited funding for one-off discretionary payments for businesses not in the council’s Business Rates system, as well as businesses not required to close but which are severely impacted (for example, because of closure of their suppliers or the customers they supply to). The scheme also provides top-up grants to the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) for businesses in the council’s Business Rates system.
Cllr Craig Whitby, Deputy Mayor and Portfolio Holder for Corporate and Finance, said: “We have been working hard to get these schemes up and running and we hope they will prove to be a valuable lifeline for many businesses at this very difficult and stressful time. Our Finance team will be working as quickly as it can to make payments but please be patient as they are expecting to receive lots of applications.”
Applicants will receive an email to confirm their application has been received and another when their application has been processed. The team will contact applicants if they require any further information. Please avoid contacting the council to check the progress as this will slow down the process.
For more details and to apply online, visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/coronavirus/business.