Date published: 30 April 2020
West Lindsey District Council has already paid out more than £14 million in grants to businesses in the district so far.
However, there are about 400 businesses in the area that the Council believe may be eligible for the business grants but who have so far not contacted the authority.
The Council is now urging these businesses to check if they have received a letter asking them to sign a declaration on the council’s website to start the process.
Leader of West Lindsey District Council Cllr Giles McNeill said: “I am pleased to say that we have issued payments to 1,250 businesses in the district, which means 75 per cent of all businesses have received a business grant.
“However, despite our best efforts to send letters, email and call businesses - there are still 400 businesses in West Lindsey that we feel may be eligible but who have not yet responded to us.
“Businesses must have an accurate business rates account reference and meet the eligibility criteria as set out in the latest government guidance (which is on our website).
“If you believe you are one of these businesses please complete an online declaration form www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/businessgrants”
As previously reported the council is tasked with administering two grant funds on behalf of central government as part of efforts to support the wider economy to help manage the impacts of Covid19.
- The Small Business Grant of £10,000 is available to businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less who receive rate relief under the Small Business Rate Relief (full relief and tapered relief) or the Rural Rate Relief Scheme.
- The Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant Fund of £10,000 is available for businesses eligible whose properties has a rateable value of £15,000 or less and £25,000 is available for eligible business for properties with a rateable value between £15,001 and £51,000.
Businesses in the district can complete the online declaration by visiting the council’s website: www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/businessgrants
If you are unsure of what support is available to your business help is available.
We are aware of a number of scams and fraudulent activity being undertaken in relation to Business grants.
Please therefore be diligent, only use our secure website for providing information (do not use links in emails etc. which may look legitimate for example). In addition there is no requirement to subsequently authorise payment, we will process payment as soon as possible once our verifications have been undertaken.
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