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More financial support available for businesses and charities in South Norfolk

The Local Discretionary Grant scheme will see businesses and charities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic receive £1.51 million of Government money through South Norfolk Council.

The scheme is aimed at small businesses and charities who were unable to apply for previous coronavirus business support grants. These have already provided £27 million of support to the local economy since the start of the crisis.

Many small businesses, micro businesses and charities who are able to demonstrate they have suffered a severe loss of income due to the Covid-19 crisis will be able to apply for the grants through South Norfolk Council’s website, provided they meet criteria set by the Government and the Council.

Businesses and charities able to apply for the grant include:

• Businesses with fixed property-related costs
• Those who have suffered a major loss in income
• Regular market traders trading at recognised markets
• Businesses who use shared office or work spaces (such as serviced offices)
• Bed and breakfasts who pay Council Tax instead of business rates
• Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief

Businesses who have previously received cash grants as support during the Covid-19 crisis will not be eligible to apply.

Councillor Lisa Neal, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economic Growth said: “The Government grants the Council have distributed are vital in helping lots of businesses stay afloat during these very difficult times.

“We hope these remaining grants will enable so many more businesses who were unable to apply for previous grants, get the support they need to continue their trade.
“We also hope to see many local charities benefit from the grants so that can keep up their tremendous work supporting worthy causes into the future.”

Businesses and charities in South Norfolk can apply for the grants on the South Norfolk Council website – www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/local-discretionary-grant-fund.