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Tier 2 Restrictions in December: Grant for Affected Hospitality, Accomodation and Leisure Businesses (LRSG Open)

 

Please see below information from EDC for hospitality, accommodation and leisure businesses who stayed open but were impacted by Tier 2 restrictions in December.  EDC are now accepting applications from qualifying businesses who stayed open during the Tier 2 restrictions, but were severely impacted.

Full details and press release are below.

At this time, EDC are still awaiting guidelines from Government relating to the Tier 4 and Lockdown restrictions. Information will follow as soon as it is available.

Also below is information about the Kickstart tourism grants from Cumbria Chamber, for tourism and retail related businesses.

EDC Update

Eden firms: were you affected by December’s Tier 2 restrictions?

Eden District Council has announced a new round of grants for local businesses that were affected by Cumbria’s December Tier 2 restrictions.

The newly launched Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) is available for those firms which, although were legally allowed to stay open, were still severely impacted by the Tier 2 restrictions which were in place in Cumbria between 2 December and 30 December 2020.

The grant is aimed specifically at businesses impacted by Tier 2 restrictions and not the pandemic as a whole. Therefore, applicants should be able to demonstrate an impact due to the December restrictions, which included no travel allowed from Tier 3 and 4 areas, restrictions on household mixing inside, rule of 6 outside and a maximum of 15 people for weddings.

Councillor Mary Robinson, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economies and Enterprise for Eden District Council, said,

“There is a wide range of grants available for Eden businesses at the moment, to help with difficulties faced resulting from the COVID pandemic.

“The newly launched LRSG (open) grant is able to support those businesses that were impacted by the Tier 2 restrictions in December; such as those firms which were impacted from their usual customer base being unable to travel.

“I would urge all businesses in Eden – large or small – to check online at www.eden.gov.uk to see what grants they are eligible for.

“Eden District Council is here to support you, so if you are unsure if your business is eligible, please contact us on 01768 817817.”

The categories of businesses in Eden which are eligible to apply for this grant are:

  • Hospitality venues like pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes, social clubs and visitor attractions
  • Accommodation operators like hotels, B&Bs, self-catering cottages, campsites and caravan parks
  • Sport and leisure facilities such as gyms, leisure centres, swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls and adventure pursuits centres

This criteria may be widened at a later date, should sufficient funding be available.

An application form has been made live on the Eden District Council website at www.eden.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/support-for-businesses/

Grants between £467 and £1,050 are available for each 14-day period of restrictions. The amount of funding awarded is dependent on a business property’s rateable value, or its number of employees.

For those business that were legally required to close under local restrictions, the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) continues to be available.

You can find out more and apply for the grant at www.eden.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/support-for-businesses/

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100% Kickstart tourism grants from Cumbria Chamber

Due to underspend from businesses already supported we are able to offer a limited number of 100% Kickstart Tourism grants to tourism and retail businesses.

The grants are to be used to actively help businesses trade and survive during this challenging time and are to be used for COVID related activities, both 1-2-1 specialist advice and purchasing of minor equipment to help with diversification/delivery of services remotely directly in response to COVID 19. Grants do not cover PPE or consumables around social distancing and must be used for new projects.

Businesses looking to apply will need to be able to demonstrate a 40% loss of income due to COVID 19 between March – June 2020 compared with the same period in 2019 (income needs to include furlough payments and other government support received). For start-up businesses without a comparable trading period and businesses on growth trajectories we will compare again their forecast for March to June 2020 rather than the same period the previous year.

Grants need to be approved and money spent by the end of February and we’re asking businesses to apply for the full £3,000 where possible.

Please feel free to share with any businesses you are aware of – to register interest they need to email info@cumbriagrowthhub.co.uk

Please be advised grants will be allocated on a first come first served basis and those who have previously applied cannot access another grant.

 

 

 

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