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Grants to support businesses forced to close or struggling in second lockdown

News release from 26 November 2020

CAMBRIDGE City Council is making grant funding available for businesses that have been required to close during the national lockdown or been severely impacted during this period.

The Additional Business Support Grant which is now open for applications will help more businesses get financial help following significant income loss they have suffered during the second coronavirus lockdown between 5 November and 2 December.

Those eligible to apply include:

  • Businesses renting commercial premises (or dedicated workspaces) in Cambridge required to close during the national lockdown that do not pay business rates for these premises
  • Businesses in commercial premises/workspaces not required to close during the national lockdown but severely impacted
  • Businesses run from domestic properties (paying Council Tax) not allowed to operate during the national lockdown (e.g. mobile hairdressers, children’s entertainers)
  • Businesses run from domestic properties (paying Council Tax) allowed to operate during the national lockdown but severely impacted
  • Non-essential market and street traders that are required to close during the national lockdown
  • Essential market and street traders not required to close during the national lockdown but severely impacted.

The grants are open to businesses that did not qualify for the Local Restrictions Support Grant – details of which are here: www.cambridge.gov.uk/local-restrictions-support-grant

The deadline for applications to the Additional Business Support Grant is 5pm on Monday 21 December and application criteria apply – details on the council’s website: https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/additional-business-support-grant

Cllr Mike Davey, Executive Councillor for Finance and Resources, said: “I know how difficult it has been for businesses that have been forced to close or suffered huge losses in income as a result of the second lockdown.

“There is no doubt that for some it has been the toughest of times.

“Throughout the pandemic we have supported the city’s businesses and we have worked as quickly as possible to set up the new Additional Business Support Grant to help as many businesses as we can.

“I hope all of those who are eligible for financial help apply - we will assess applications and allocate the grants to eligible organisations as quickly as possible.”

The council has been working with partners and business networks to support local businesses throughout the coronavirus crisis with a range of measures providing nationally-funded support schemes including the recently introduced Local Restrictions Support Grant www.cambridge.gov.uk/local-restrictions-support-grant