12/06/20: New grants paid out to support local business and charities.

A number of businesses and charities in Breckland have already received funding from a discretionary grant scheme designed to help them through the coronavirus pandemic, making them among the first in the county to receive such funds.

Over the last five weeks, Breckland Council has supported over 2,500 businesses small businesses and those in the retail and hospitality sector, distributing over £27m of grants. The nationally set criteria meant some local businesses were ineligible for the initial grants, but this new discretionary fund - totalling £1.5m - is being shared among businesses and charities who have been hit by the pandemic but previously been exempt from UK Government funding.

The first grants worth almost £70,000 have now been paid to 14 businesses and charitable organisations. The grant scheme remains open to applicants, with grants of £2,000 - £10,000 available. However the deadline for applications is looming, with the grant fund set to close on June 23. Prospective candidates are urged to not delay and submit an online application now.

Leader of Breckland Council, Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen, commented: "We've received £1.5m from central government to provide support to businesses and charities who did not qualify for previous grants. In these difficult times, this funding may prove to be a vital lifeline and protect jobs. I'm delighted we've been able to process and distribute these new grants so quickly and we continue to invite applications from any business or charity in Breckland who felt they missed out from the first round of grants."

To find out more about the discretionary grant scheme and eligibility criteria, visit www.breckland.gov.uk/discretionary-grant

Last updated: 29/07/2020 12:47:24