Maidstone businesses that have suffered a significant reduction in income due to Covid and do not qualify for other financial support will be able to apply for a share of £2.9m discretionary government grant, which is open for applications until Friday 16 April.
The Additional Restrictions Grant provides Maidstone Borough Council with the local discretion to support businesses that fall outside of other business grants.
Stephen McGinnes Mid Kent Services Director at Maidstone Borough Council said: “This is expected to be the last round of funding under the scheme in its current form and aims to provide support through to the planned re-opening of the retail, hospitality, and leisure sector later this year.
“We have introduced a new category of award to reflect the difficult trading conditions experienced by businesses that have been able to remain open but have been adversely affected by the reduced footfall in our town centre and other retail destinations across the borough.
“If you are a Maidstone business that has suffered financial loss and not been able to claim other grants then we urge you to apply. It is a simple online application.”
Businesses that qualified for a grant between 5 January to 16 February and continue to meet the criteria for the scheme will be automatically awarded a further grant with no need for a further application.
Applications for this round of funding, which covers the period from the 17 February must be received no later than 16 April 2021.
The grants full eligibility criteria and online application form is available on the Maidstone Borough Council website: https://maidstone.gov.uk/home/other-services/covid-19/tier-2-primary-areas/advice-and-help-for-businesses/additional-restrictions-grant
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