Business grant scheme opens but clock is ticking

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Businesses in Lochaber who witnessed a significant reduction in trade over December and January due to Covid restrictions can now apply to The Highland Council’s Discretionary Business Grant Scheme.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on March 28 with grants of £500 to £2,000 available.

Malcolm MacLeod the council’s executive chief officer for infrastructure, environment and economy said: ‘This grant scheme seeks to help those businesses who have, for whatever reason, been unable during January and February to secure grant support from the various Scottish Government grant schemes.

‘We know that the public health advice before Christmas and the restrictions introduced after Christmas have hit a wide range of businesses. We have therefore kept this grant scheme wide ranging and not sector or size specific, so that we can reach out to as many affected businesses as possible.

‘Now that the main business restrictions have been lifted and businesses are able to assess whether they have experienced a 20 per cent or more reduction in trade. We are asking them to go to our website, take the 15 minutes required to read the guidance, check to see if they are eligible and if they believe they are to gather the bank and business evidence required and apply using our online form.

‘We have set a tight timeline for applications, so we can quickly get applications in and the funds out to businesses.’

For more information visit www.highland.gov.uk/info/20016/coronavirus/962/discretionary_grant_scheme