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New round of grant money opened for businesses in Bradford affected by Omicron

Bradford Council has opened its last round of grants to hospitality, leisure, and accommodation businesses impacted by Omicron.

Bradford Council has opened a new round of grant applications aimed at helping local firms who have been affected by the rise of the Omicron variant.

The latest and final Additional Restrictions grant is designed to assist non-rate paying businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.

The grant will also support businesses within the hospitality supply chain, travel, events and exhibitions, gyms and personal care.

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw says it will be a “final push to ensure district firms survive and thrive”.

The new money will be a boost in payments designed to provide a springboard for those businesses hardest hit with grants of up to £6000 available for those in eligible sectors.

The council has already contacted previous applicants to the Local Restrictions Support Grant and the Additional Restrictions Grant, who it considers, may be eligible for additional support.

The authority is asking local firms to check their inboxes and spam folder for emails coming from ARG@Bradford.gov.uk.

Those who have received a notification from the council should not apply again. Doing so will delay the processing of their payment.

Businesses that think they may be eligible based on the grant criteria and have not previously applied for support, or have not been contacted by the authority, should visit the council’s website to apply.

The Additional Restrictions Grant is part of a wider package of support for businesses that the council has put in place since the first lockdown in March last year.

So far, the council has delivered over £228 million in Covid-19 grants to businesses impacted by the government’s restrictions.

The highly successful Bradford District Microbusiness Support scheme is continuing to provide advice, training and support to small businesses until the end of March.

Businesses can also sign up for subsidised membership with Bradford Chamber and access the range of services they offer.

The council’s Invest In Bradford team has helped countless local businesses with advice and information.

Applications for the new grant opened today, 10 February and close at midnight Thursday, 24 February.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “We have worked incredibly hard to support local businesses and protect jobs during the pandemic.

“This grant provides what we hope will be a final push to ensure district firms survive and thrive and that we have a strong local recovery.”

For full guidance on eligibility and details of how to apply visit, here.

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