Over 1,400 Chelmsford businesses have been sent grants by Chelmsford City Council to support them in the current crisis. More grants are being paid out every day, and the City Council wants to encourage any eligible businesses to apply if they have not done so.
The grants are for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, with a rateable value under £51,000. Depending on the size of their business, they can apply for a cash grant of £10,000 or £25,000. Small businesses that pay little or no business rates could benefit from £10,000 to help meet their ongoing costs.
The Government provided Chelmsford City Council with £31 million to deliver two grant funding schemes to support for local businesses. With over £19 million already awarded, there is still £12 million to be claimed.
Eligible businesses that have not yet applied for a grant can still apply – at https://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-help-and-guidance-for-businesses-and-employers/application-business-support-grant. The City Council will also be sending them reminder letters.
Cllr Stephen Robinson, Leader of Chelmsford Council, said: “We hope that these grants have helped businesses during a very stressful time. We recognise the importance of supporting local businesses, and council officers are working tirelessly to process the many applications as quickly as possible.
“I encourage all eligible businesses that have not yet applied to submit their application via the website without delay so as not to miss out on the funding. We will continue doing all we can to support our local businesses through this crisis.”
The very latest information and guidance for businesses and employers can be found on the Council’s website: https://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-guidance-for-businesses-and-employers. That includes details of which businesses are eligible and gives a link to the grants application form.
Monday 20 April 2020