Already providing grant support to businesses affected by tier restrictions, Cornwall Council has now opened a new discretionary grant scheme.

The council already paid grants to pubs that don’t sell food and rely on just drink sales, and has also been able to pay around 7,500 businesses who were closed when Cornwall was placed in tier 3 (from 31st December to 4th January). 

Another 11,500 businesses forced to close in the latest lockdown from, 5th January will receive payments next week. These are businesses who received Local Restriction Support Grants in November and will now automatically be paid the latest Local Restriction Support Grants and one-off Closed Business Lockdown Payments (one-off grants of £4,000, £6,000 and £9,000).   

The Council has now received confirmation of funding from novernment for new discretionary grants. The Additional Restrictions Grant scheme will see up to £11.5 million available for businesses in Cornwall who are not eligible for other forms of financial support but have been forced to close or are severely affected by this lockdown.

The application form and full details of the policy is available at cornwall.gov.uk/BusinessSupportGrant.

Council cabinet member for the economy, Tim Dwelly, said: “As before, our priority is to help businesses who have not been able to claim other grants or funds. This includes those who are excluded from the self-employed income support scheme. This could be due to them being set up as a limited company, and/or being a new business.”  

Applications will also be encouraged from a range of businesses such as food and drink producers and distributors, who, while not forced to close, have been severely affected because they supply goods and services to the hospitality, retail, and leisure sectors, which are closed. 

Surviving the crisis

Cornwall Council is also looking to support businesses in the events sector, such as caterers or venues, and other businesses that supply goods or services to parts of the economy that have been shut down.   

Businesses with a rateable value of more than £51,000 who did not apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant in November may also be eligible to apply this time around. 

Dwelly added: “We’re particularly pleased we were able to make grants of £25,000 to larger pubs, hotels, and hospitality in the summer. This new discretionary grant will remain available for others in a similar situation who have not yet had a chance to apply.

“These places employ many people and buy goods and services from many businesses in Cornwall, and we want to help them survive this crisis.” 

The other instances of where businesses will need to apply (apart from the ARG scheme) are:

  • Businesses which pay business rates, have been forced to close, but did not apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grants in November 2020, will need to apply for this latest round of Local Restrictions Support Grants and the one-off Closed Business Lockdown Payment (one off grants £4k-£9K) 
  • Business rated businesses which were not required to close, but have been severely affected by the change in tier restrictions on 26th December, when Cornwall entered tier 2, and 31st December, when Cornwall entered tier 3.