Eden District Council has widened its eligibility criteria for a grant scheme aimed at local businesses affected by Cumbria’s December Tier 2 restrictions.
The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) is available for those firms which, although were legally allowed to stay open, were still severely impacted by the Tier 2 restrictions which were in place in Cumbria between 2 December and 30 December 2020.
So far, almost 500 businesses have been paid over £530,000 from the LRSG (Open) fund.
And Eden District Council has announced that, from Wednesday 3 March, a wider range of businesses will now be able to access the funding.
Newly-eligible businesses include those hospitality supply chain, wedding suppliers, events businesses/suppliers, hairdressers and beauty salons - subject to criteria.
The LRSG (Open) scheme is for businesses impacted by Tier 2 restrictions and not the pandemic as a whole. Therefore, applicants should be able to demonstrate a “severe impact” due to the December restrictions, which included no travel allowed from Tier 3 and 4 areas, restrictions on household mixing inside, rule of 6 outside and a maximum of 15 people for weddings.
Cllr Mary Robinson, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economies and Enterprise for Eden District Council, said, "there are a wide range of grants available for Eden businesses at the moment, to help with difficulties faced resulting from the pandemic. I would urge all businesses in Eden, large or small, to check online at www.eden.gov.uk to see what grants they are eligible for."
Businesses in Eden that may be eligible (subject to criteria) include:
- Hospitality venues like pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes, social clubs and visitor attractions.
- Accommodation operators like hotels, B&Bs, self-catering cottages, campsites and caravan parks.
- Sport and leisure facilities such as gyms, leisure centres, swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls and adventure pursuits centres.
From Wednesday 3 March 2021, the criteria was widened to further include:
- Hospitality supply chain, including catering companies, wholesalers, travel businesses, breweries, coach companies and kennels/catteries whose usual business relies on people taking holidays.
- Wedding suppliers with fixed premises. This does not include mobile make-up artists, hairdressers or photographers without fixed premises.
- Events businesses and suppliers that would usually hold events or supply equipment to events during December that could not take place due to restrictions.
- Personal care services including hairdressers, beauticians, etc. that have their own salon or premises. This does not include individuals who rent a chair in a salon.
All of the above should have fixed business premises in Eden. At present, those businesses which are mobile or that work from home are ineligible for this scheme.
More details, including full eligibility criteria and an application form, can be found on the Eden District Council website at www.eden.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/support-for-businesses/
Grants between £967 and £2,175 are available for the 29-day period when Eden was in Tier 2 restrictions. The amount of funding awarded is dependent on a business property’s rateable value or its number of employees.
For those businesses in Eden that were legally required to close under local restrictions, the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) continues to be available.
Eden firms can find out more and apply for a range of COVID grants at www.eden.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/support-for-businesses/.