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Coronavirus: Further business grant scheme opens to support businesses affected by current lockdown

Related topics: Coronavirus / Economic growth / Finance and budget

Shropshire Council has today (Tuesday 26 January 2021) launched a new grant scheme to support the county’s businesses which have been affected by the current coronavirus lockdown.

This is a discretionary fund aimed at those who are not eligible to apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG). It includes organisations which:

  • have been mandated to close but do not pay business rates
  • do not fall within the eligible sectors outlined for support from LRSG, but have been severely impacted by this latest lockdown.

Applicants who were successful in the first round of funding made available in November 2020 are being asked not to apply again, as these applications will be reassessed and businesses will be awarded any grant money as appropriate. However, those who think that they are eligible for this new round of funding are being encouraged to apply.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for assets, economic growth and regeneration, said:

“We know that things are incredibly difficult at the moment and many of our businesses are feeling anxious and worried about the future.

“We are pleased to be able to deliver this new grant scheme, which I am sure will come as welcome news to businesses which have been forced to temporarily close and those which are struggling financially during this third national lockdown.”

The grant fund will be open for applications from today until Sunday 21 February 2021, but this closing date will depend on the end of the current lockdown and is subject to available funding remaining available.

For further information, and how to apply people should visit the council’s website https://shropshire.gov.uk/covid19darg