Many Local Authorities will now require another application from local businesses in April, before issuing any of the Restart Grants, which range from £2,667 to £18,000.
Council officials and business owners alike had hoped that the need for a formal application process could be negated, as the recipients of the Restart Grant are the very same businesses whom the councils already had on their application and payment database for the LRSG Closed grant.
However, after central government insisted the L.A.'s confirm additional elements of data which they don't hold from previous applications, including the precise number of employees and the SIC codes for the category of business, some, though not all councils have determined they will regrettably need another application process.
The application forms for the Restart Grant are now live.
Wyre and Preston have confirmed that they require another application. Fylde and Ribble Valley conversely said they will firstly contact eligible applicants, and then process grants automatically.
Lancaster have contacted eligible businesses via email, with a link to their application form.
The links to the latest information in your area and application form pages for a number of Local Authorities in our area are included below, and the forms will appear there, as soon as they go live, either side of the Easter break.
Please take a moment to make sure your business neighbours are aware too, if they pay business rates on their premises, and have been closed during the national lockdown that they may need to apply again.
The size of the different grants per sector, at the three different rateable values are all included here for your reference too.
RATES VALUATION UNDER £15k £15-£51k ABOVE £51k
NON- ESSENTIAL RETAIL £2,667 £ 4,000 £ 6,000
PERSONAL CARE £8,000 £12,000 £18,000
HOSPITALITY £8,000 £12,000 £18,000
ACCCOMODATION £8,000 £12,000 £18,000
LEISURE £8,000 £12,000 £18,000
GYMS £8,000 £12,000 £18,000