27/01/2021 Latest news and advice for businesses on COVID-19 from Wiltshire Council (see more)

This newsletter provides updates on help and advice available locally for businesses during the COVID-19 situation.

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Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant have reopened

We’ve reopened the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG, also known as Discretionary Payments) today (Tuesday 26 January) to help support Wiltshire businesses.

The grant has been reopened for new applications only. If you have already applied for an ARG since November, you do not need to reapply as, if eligible, you will receive any further payments automatically. If you have previously applied for a Discretionary Grant (running May to September, prior to November) you will need to apply to the ARG scheme separately.

The grant supports businesses that are not covered by other grant schemes, such as the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) for business premises closed by national restrictions.

The application window will be open until 12 February. This window will be extended if the fund is not oversubscribed. We may close the window early if a large volume of applications are received.

Grants range from £1,500 to £10,000, depending on the number of employees a business has, so this is vital funding that can really make a difference during this difficult time.

Businesses who have struggled to access other forms of support are encouraged to apply for the ARG, as the eligibility is different to the Self-Employment or Furlough schemes. Directors paid by dividends and larger firms are all able to apply, and applications will be considered. Please do make sure you submit an application – or you could be missing out on vital funds to support your business.

Find out more and how to apply
An overview of all business grants availableTo help navigate the grants available for businesses, we have produced an overview document outlining each grant, eligibility criteria, funding available, and deadlines for applications.
View the document

Join our COVID-19 business support update webinar on 3 February

We are hosting a live online webinar on Wednesday 3 February at 7pm for businesses in the county to find out more about the latest COVID-19 grants available to them.

The broadcast will explain each of the grant schemes and will also feature some public health information and advice for businesses. There will also be an opportunity for businesses to ask questions – though please note that we cannot answer questions on individual cases. To submit questions about COVID-19 grants, and public health questions that may relate to business, email communications@wiltshire.gov.uk no later than 5pm on Tuesday 2 February.

Sam Fox, Corporate Director for Place and Environment, and Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health, will help guide businesses through the latest information and regulations.

The live briefing will be broadcast via Microsoft Teams – use the link below to access the broadcast. If you’re using a mobile and tablet device, you may need to download the Microsoft Teams app from your app store to be able to access the webinar. The briefing will also be recorded and available via the council’s YouTube channel as soon as possible afterwards (search for Wiltshire Council on YouTube).

Joining link for the webinar on 3 February
Useful links
We are providing regular updates on the Coronavirus business support page on our website.
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