New grant scheme launched to support Shropshire businesses affected by lockdown

Shropshire Council has launched a new grant scheme to support the county’s businesses which have been affected by the current coronavirus lockdown.

It is a discretionary fund aimed at those which are not eligible to apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG).

That includes organisations which have been mandated to close but do not pay business rates and do not fall within the eligible sectors outlined for support from LRSG, but have been severely impacted by this latest lockdown.

Applicants who were successful in the first round of funding made available in November are being asked not to apply again, as these applications will be reassessed and businesses will be awarded any grant money as appropriate.

However, those who think that they are eligible for this new round of funding are being encouraged to apply.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for assets, economic growth and regeneration, said: “We know that things are incredibly difficult at the moment and many of our businesses are feeling anxious and worried about the future.

“We are pleased to be able to deliver this new grant scheme, which I am sure will come as welcome news to businesses which have been forced to temporarily close and those which are struggling financially during this third national lockdown.”

The grant fund will be open for applications until February 21, but the closing date will depend on the end of the current lockdown and is subject to funding remaining available.

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