Grant Eligibility and Application
I have just had an update from my contact at EDC concerning the Coronavirus Grants.
Government have issued updated guidance on the Grant eligibility for lockdown 2:
For those businesses who received a Local Restrictions Support Grant from EDC during the first lockdown: EDC are now working behind the scenes to automate the process as much as possible. You will receive an email from EDC early next week, to check that your situation and contact details remain the same.
Providing you are still eligible (eg you are still in business) you will then get a payment processed and with you later that week or the following week.
For businesses who have not received an email from EDC by Wednesday 18th November but who are eligible under the government criteria in the above link: you will need to claim online via the EDC website. The link will be published at the end of next week.
ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS GRANT
For businesses who received money from the separate discretionary fund last time (eg some B&Bs): Guidance has been published for the Additional Restrictions grant https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-additional-restrictions-grant
I know there is great concern for accommodation providers who are offering rooms to key workers. Whilst we still await specific clarification, on the grant fund guidelines we have looked at the criteria for the main Coronavirus Grant which states:
“Your business may be eligible if it:
- is based in England
- occupies property on which it pays business rates (and is the ratepayer)
- has been required to close because of the national restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020
- has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises
For example, this could include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses. It could also include businesses that operate primarily as an in-person venue, but which have been forced to close those services and provide a takeaway-only service instead.”
Whilst this applies to the Coronavirus Grant, not the additional restrictions grant, it suggests that if your business is closed because of lockdown, but you are offering accommodation to key workers, you will be classed as closed for the purpose of this fund in the same way that a pub who is now doing takeaway is eligible for the grant. I am still waiting for written clarification however.
EDC are still working through the application for this Additional Restrictions Grant and I will of course send you details as soon as I have them.