With lockdown restrictions beginning to ease and the vaccination rollout continuing we can begin to look ahead at a life after COVID 19. However, many businesses are still struggling.
However, Bradford Council is making further grants available to help businesses reopen.
The Government’s Restart Grant program is being administered by councils and aims to support local businesses in their recovery. It aims to help them follow a sustainable recovery and reopen safely.
Bradford Council will shortly begin emailing businesses in the district who were awarded a Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) in January inviting them to apply for the restart grant. Businesses must complete their forms and return them no later than 11th April.
Those who did not receive an LRSG grant but think they may be eligible for a Restart Grant, can apply later in April.
The council has also released details of the upcoming round of Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) which will be available over coming weeks. These grants will include up to £1,500 as outdoor training for a visitor economy. It aims to help business provide measures such as outdoor seating to comply with COVID safety measures. .
Some home based and mobile self employed businesses such as driving instructors or mobile hairdressers who have so far been unable to apply for grants may also be able to apply for support.
Jason Longhurst, Bradford Council’s Interim Strategic Director of Place, said: “The ‘Outdoor Trading’ grant can be paid retrospectively, which means it can include costs incurred preparing to reopen dating back to the start of February 2021. However, we also want to make sure that the outdoor hospitality areas are managed safely and within the Government’s Covid secure guidelines including the need for there to be enough space for people to maintain the 2m social distancing.”
For more information about the grants available visit www.bradford.gov.uk/business