Chesterfield businesses are being urged to check if they are eligible for business grants which can help them cover costs during lockdown.
Detailed information on business grants is available on the Chesterfield Borough Council website. Some of the grant schemes, including the Additional Restrictions Support Grant have been available to apply for since early January, but there are still a number of eligible businesses that have not yet applied.
New information regarding the Taxi Driver Support Grant and Additional Restrictions Grant has been added to the website - eligible businesses and individuals are being urged to apply as soon as possible.
Councillor Jean Innes, cabinet member for business transformation and customers, said: “These grants are a vital lifeline for local businesses, and I would encourage every business owner to apply. This funding can be used to cover a variety of costs including rent on business premises and other bills.
“Our team are working hard to process these payments as quickly as possible but it’s vital that eligible businesses apply in order to access this funding.”
The process to apply for business grants through a secure online form and applicants will need to submit some evidence, including bank statements, when applying.
There are currently five different business grants available to apply for online:
- Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG-C) – for businesses that have been forced to close due to national lockdowns or local restrictions.
- Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG-O) – for businesses linked to the hospitality and leisure sectors that have remained open but were severely affected by tier 3 restrictions between 2 December and 30 December 2020.
- Additional Restrictions Grant – a discretionary scheme for businesses that are not able to claim a Local Restrictions Support Grant - Closed (LRSG-C) but have been severely impacted by national or local restrictions.
- Closed Business Lockdown Payment - a one-off top up grant to support businesses that have been forced to close during national restrictions from 5 January 2021.
- Taxi Driver Support Grant - a one-off payment to support local taxi, private hire and contract drivers who are licenced to trade in the borough of Chesterfield.
Find out more about these grants and apply online by visiting the business grants page.