An online form has been made available at www.middlesbrough.gov.uk and Middlesbrough Council's Executive Member for Finance and Governance, Cllr Chris Hobson, urged anyone who thinks they may be eligible to take a look.
The discretionary fund is limited to £1.1m, claims can only be paid upon the accurate completion of the form, including supporting evidence, and payment of the discretionary grant will be done on a first come first served basis.
Cllr Hobson said: "Huge efforts are being made both nationally and locally to make sure our brilliant businesses can survive through the Coronavirus outbreak and hopefully prosper once we are on the other side of it.
"I'd urge anyone who thinks they may be eligible to have a look at the criteria."
Businesses Who Can Apply?
If you are within the following priority list:
- Businesses in shared business centre/units
- Regular market traders with fixed building costs
- B&Bs which pay Council Tax rather than business rates
- Small charities that meet the criteria for Small Business Rate Relief
- Your business employs less than 50 staff.
- Your business can demonstrate a significant drop in income brought about by COVID-19
- Your business has high ongoing fixed costs, e.g. rent
- Your business was trading on or before, March 11, 2020 - businesses trading after this date will not be eligible - even if the rest of the criteria can be met.
- Your business was not eligible for the current schemes (Small Business Grants Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Scheme)
- Your business is in occupation of a property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000
This Scheme Does Not Extend to the Following Businesses:
- Businesses operating from a home address
- Businesses that are eligible for cash grants from any central government COVID 19 related schemes such as:
- Small Business Grant Fund
- Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
- The Fisheries Response Fund
- Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme (DSSS)
- The Zoos Support Fund
- The Dairy Hardship Fund.
Ensure you have all the Information Requested!
All questions on the claim form must be completed and answered. Supporting evidence will be required to be submitted with the claim as directed.
Any claims that are incorrectly completed or do not have the relevant information attached will be rejected. You'll be advised at that point to reclaim.
When Can I Apply?
If you meet the above criteria, you are invited to submit a claim during the period May 28, 2020 and June, 18 2020. Note: Due to the limited funds, there is no guarantee that every claim will receive funding.
What Happens after I've Applied?
Once you have submitted your claim, we will assess it against the fund criteria and notify you or your entitlement via payment in the bank.
Payments will not be made before 3 June 2020 if you are entitled to the discretionary grant payment it will be in your bank account no later than June 30, 2020