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Council opening fresh grant applications

Tewkesbury Borough Council will open applications on Monday for Local Restrictions Support Grants for businesses forced to close during the November lockdown.

And the council is also encouraging community groups supporting vulnerable people to apply for a coronavirus emergency grant.

Gloucestershire's councils will be responsible for administering and delivering the support grants and are likely to be announce details in the coming days.

Tewkesbury said the grants, which are open to non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses, would be issued on a rolling 28-day business throughout national restrictions.

Businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £1,334 for each 28 days, a figures which rises to £2,000 for rateable values from £15-51,000 and £3,000 for £51,000 and above.

Further funding will be made available will be providing for some businesses not specifically targeted by the mandatory grant with details to be confirmed.

Council leader Councillor Rob Bird said: "As we enter a second national lockdown, we want to ensure that businesses get all he financial support they are entitled to as quickly as possible.

"If you think your business is eligible for help, please complete the council's online application form from Monday.

"If you need any further support or guidance, the Tewkesbury Growth Hub team are always on hand to help."

Community grant funding of up to £1,000 is available for groups working directly with challenges from the pandemic with priority to support for vulnerable groups plus initiatives to reduce isolation and support mental wellbeing.

Councillor Clare Softley, lead member for communities, said: "The voluntary and community sector has played such a key role in supporting vulnerable people impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

"We have seen just how effectively grassroots organisations can reach out to their local community and we really want to encourage community groups to apply for an emergency grant so that they have the vital funds needed to continue this very important work."

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