County Council confirms funding for businesses affected by COVID restrictions

County Council confirms funding for businesses affected by COVID restrictions

Essex County Council has confirmed it will allocate £2.2m of the funding it received when the county entered Tier 2 restrictions to allow local businesses to make adaptations to their premises and/or operations. This is in addition to the £29m in business support funding allocated directly to district, borough and city councils.

Feedback from businesses, and in particular the hospitality and leisure sectors along with other local businesses who have been most affected, has been that they want a quick, simple, targeted and consistent approach to be taken in releasing grant funding.

ECC will distribute the £2.2m to district, borough and City Councils so that they can administer a streamlined grant scheme to support local businesses who are impacted by the COVID restrictions. Businesses will need to apply for the grants via their local district, borough or city council websites, from 23rd November onwards. Businesses are advised to check their local district, borough or city council website.

A further £2.2m which the council received as part of the Tier 2 restrictions funding was allocated to welfare support for the county’s most vulnerable residents.

The grants will address the hardship many businesses have faced as they have either had to close or who have been able to trade but have been severely affected by the restrictions, regardless of whether they pay business rates or not. The ECC funding will allow businesses to adapt their businesses to generate income while restrictions remain in place so they are able to reopen when they are removed. The County Council has also relaxed highways restrictions on businesses adapting outdoor areas across the ECC area.

The ECC funding will award eligible businesses up to £1,500 for adaptations, in addition to the £3,000 in support available from district councils based on their size, their sector and the degree of loss or hardship.

Businesses should apply via district, borough and city councils on websites below:

Basildon
Braintree
Brentwood
Castle Point
Chelmsford
Colchester
Epping Forest
Harlow
Maldon
Rochford
Tendring
Uttlesford
More details on support for businesses can be found here- https://www.essex.gov.uk/support-for-employers-and-businesses

Last updated 23 November 2020