Northumberland County Council is writing directly to businesses which have already applied for phase one of three different types of support, making the process of securing grants more straightforward.
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) Version 2 is for hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure industry businesses which have remained open but were severely affected by the COVID restrictions, and are liable for business rates.
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Version 2 is for businesses that have been required by legislation to close due to local or national Covid restrictions, for example during lockdown and Tier 3 restrictions, and which are liable for business rates.
Businesses such as nightclubs which have successfully applied for Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) will also be contacted.
Cllr Nick Oliver, cabinet member for corporate resources at Northumberland County Council said: “Businesses which already applied for the first phases of these schemes, and which we believe are eligible for phase 2, will be contacted directly by our teams.
“We will require brief confirmation of a small number of details, in a shortened application form, and when confirmed as eligible will move to make payments as quickly as we can.
“We have already paid out £5.6 million to more than 3,600 businesses.”
Applications will remain open until January 10 for the ‘Open’ scheme. Applications for the ‘Closed’ scheme will continue.
Full details of all grants available, and how to apply, are available at www.northumberland.gov.uk/businesshub