The government has now published the guidance for Local Authorities on administering the Support Grants for closed businesses, and the top up cash grants for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses. CLICK HERE to read the full guidance.
Some key points that might be helpful for you are:
Support grants for Closed businesses
Lockdown grants (top up cash grants for retail, leisure and hospitality)
It is important to note that the above grants relate to businesses which have been required to close under the National Lockdown restrictions, not businesses which have taken the decision to close due to the impact of the restrictions. Businesses that operate primarily as an in-person venue, but which have been forced to close those services and provide a takeaway, click and collect or delivery service instead will still be eligible.
If your business has not been required to close as a result of the National Lockdown restrictions, e.g. you are classed as essential retail or a service, but you have been impacted by the restrictions and the pandemic, OR if you have been required to close but you do not have a business rates account, you may instead be eligible for a discretionary grant – further details are available HERE.
Lancaster City Council has informed us they are currently assessing the guidance with a view to launching the grants very soon. The application process will be kept as straightforward as possible with the potential that businesses which have already made successful claims may receive automatic payments without a further application.
Lancaster BID will keep you fully updated as soon as further details of how the grants will be administered locally is confirmed.