ROUND two of a grant funding scheme for Staffordshire Moorlands businesses - described by recent recipients as 'a life saver' that has made 'a world of difference' - has re-opened for new applications.
Small businesses with ongoing fixed property costs who have experienced a significant drop in income as a result of Covid-19 can apply to Staffordshire Moorlands Council for a Discretionary Business Grant.
This fund is aimed at businesses that fell outside the scope of the previous grants for small businesses and those in retail, hospitality and leisure.
The first application round closed in June and so far 98 businesses ranging from beauty salons to day care centres, a luxury handmade garden furniture company and a business that supplies vitamins, minerals and health supplements have all received grants.
Applications for the next round of grants can be made from Friday via our website at www.highpeak.gov/Coronavirus-Business-Financial-Support
Eligible businesses must have fewer that 50 employees and be able to demonstrate a significant drop in income due to Coronavirus restriction measures alongside evidence of fixed property costs and their accounts.
Councillor Sybil Ralphs, Council Leader and cabinet member for Regeneration and Finance, said: "Covid-19 has had an unprecedented impact on businesses so we're delighted to be able to open this grant funding scheme up to new applicants.
"You need only read the comments made by those people whose businesses have received grants to understand the very real difference this funding has made, and will make, to companies large and small across the Staffordshire Moorlands.
"There's more information on our website and I would urge any business that thinks they might be eligible who hasn't previously applied to do so so we can make sure the funding is used to ensure the maximum number of businesses across our district benefit from it."