£33M of grant support still unclaimed

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Around 3,300 small businesses across Cornwall are being urged to claim around £33 million of unpaid emergency coronavirus grant support before this week’s deadline.

Cornwall Council has paid out more than £236 million from the Government’s business support grant scheme since April to more than 20,800 small businesses. In July, the Government announced that the scheme will close on Friday August 28, with any unspent money to be returned to the Treasury.

All businesses in Cornwall and in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief are eligible for a one-off grant of £10k.

Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in receipt of Expanded Retail Discount and with a rateable value of less than £51k are potentially eligible for a grant of £25k.

“We were highlighted by the Government for the speed in which we passed this grant on to local small businesses,” said Tim Dwelly, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for economy, culture and planning.

“Thanks to the hard work of our team, we had written to more than 24,000 small businesses within days of receiving details of the criteria set out by Government and were the first local authority in the UK to pass the £200 million mark in payouts.

“However, we know there are businesses who have yet to apply and I would encourage anyone who believes they are eligible to get in touch.”

All grants are paid directly to the business by Cornwall Council and do not have to be repaid. If you are unsure whether you qualify or whether you want to apply, contact the Council direct on 0300 1234 171.

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