Government announced they were making two cash grants available to businesses across the country to support them through the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Across the country, these grants are being administered by the Local Rating Authority and are linked to your business rates. For Salisbury businesses, this authority is Wiltshire Council.
The two cash grants available are:
Whilst businesses who are eligible for the grants should receive a letter, it is possible that Local Authorities are not going to pick up every business who is eligible, so we're urging businesses to be proactive and check the eligibility criteria to see if you qualify.
We'd also like to emphasise to businesses that this is a grant from the Government, not a loan, so there isn’t a requirement for it to be paid back. Therefore our plea to Salisbury businesses is to check the eligibility criteria carefully and make a claim for the grant if your business qualifies.
Here are some top tips to help you claim your grant:
Over 8,000 businesses across Wiltshire are eligible for one of these cash grants.
Wiltshire Cash Grants Updates
Update 9th April 2020: Over 5,000 claim forms have been submitted and a total of £25 million has been paid to businesses. Wiltshire Council have a team working over the Easter weekend to continue processing the grant applications and making payments.
Update 14th April 2020: Over 5,600 claim forms have now been received and Wiltshire Council will have paid out £39 million by the end of the day.
Update 15th April 2020: Over 5,800 claim forms have been received and Wiltshire Council has paid out £42 million to over 3,600 businesses.
Update 17th April 2020: Over 6,000 claim forms have been received and Wiltshire Council has paid out £44.27 million to 3,800 businesses.
Update 30th April 2020: Around 2,500 businesses in Wiltshire who are eligible for one of these grants still haven't applied.
Apply for the cash grant here.
If you have any questions, Wiltshire Council can be contacted on Covid-19BusinessSupport@wiltshire.gov.uk.
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