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Councils confirm grant application details

All Gloucestershire's city, district and borough councils have confirmed details for applications for the lockdown business support grants.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant is available for businesses which have been forced to shut their doors as part of coronavirus restrictions because they are not classed as providing essential services.

Councillor Dawn Melvin, cabinet member for economic recovery and growth at Gloucester City Council, said: "We know it's a tough time for businesses at the moment so we're delighted to be able to offer support through this one-off grant.

"I would encourage everyone to apply if they are eligible as it will provide a much-needed shot in the arm while they are closed to the public.

"I look forward to seeing these premises open again next month so we can support them in the build-up to Christmas."

Businesses which pay business rates could be entitled to a one-off support grant of up to £3,000.

Councillor Rowena Hay, cabinet member for finance, said: "We're acutely of the impact that this second national lockdown is having on local businesses in Cheltenham, coming at what is normally a really critical trading period in the run up to Christmas.

"These latest business support grants are incredibly welcome therefore and will represent a lifeline for many.

"During the first lockdown in the spring, Cheltenham Borough Council was among the first local authorities in the country to activate our business grants and to start getting money out to businesses without delay."

A second grant, the Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary) is expected later this month.

A Stroud District Council spokesman said: "We really do appreciate just how important these grants are for businesses across the district and we're working as fast as we can to process them."

How to apply for a grant

Find out if your business is eligible to apply here 

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