Grants for Selby district businesses

Selby District Council is prioritising grants to help local businesses receive funding during the lockdown restrictions.

Tuesday, 26th January 2021, 11:23 am
Picture James Hardisty.
Picture James Hardisty.

Many businesses in the district will be eligible for grants relating to Tier 2, Tier 3 and national lockdown restrictions.

“To ensure businesses receive the financial support they need, the council will use existing records to pay eligible businesses who applied and received support in the second lockdown,” said a spokesman.

“This means businesses who have previously applied for a grant from the council will not need to complete another application form.

“This approach will allow a quicker payment process meaning business will receive support sooner rather than later.”

The council is still waiting for full details, guidance and timelines for the latest government grants including the one-off-top-up grant for businesses in the retail, leisure, and hospitality sectors.

The discretionary business grant will be distributed through its Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme (ARGS).

Businesses which have previously applied for this will automatically be considered for the new discretionary scheme.

The ARGS funding given to the council last year has to last until March 2022. The criteria will be reviewed.

The Discretionary scheme will support businesses which have previously missed out on Government grant schemes and have not been forced to closed but have been severely impacted by the national restrictions.

Using the information already received by businesses will allow the council to quickly identify eligible businesses and make payments. All eligible businesses will have received communications by email advising they are eligible.

Those businesses do not need to contact the council. Officers are working out the amounts each business is entitled to and will pay grant payments up to the first review date in mid-February.

Leader of the Selby District Council, Coun Mark Crane, said: “We know this is a very frustrating and difficult time for businesses in the Selby district.

“Our Officers once again are working hard to ensure eligible businesses receive the support they need.

“As a Council we are managing many grants covering different levels of restrictions from different times of the year.

“I strongly urge businesses who haven’t already applied for a grant recently, to check our website and apply:

“Last year was a very challenging year for local businesses and the currently lockdown will mean many businesses are still facing difficulties in the New Year.

“I hope this additional funding will provide businesses with the financial support they need.”