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Over the last week, more than £10.8 million in small business grants has been paid to over 850 eligible Coventry businesses
The grant funding comes from two Government schemes, Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund, which are designed to help small and medium sized businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.
Coventry City Council is responsible for administering the schemes, which launched last week, and Council officers are hard at work trying to get local businesses access to the support they need. Officers are currently processing a further 1,800 applications.
As the administrators of the schemes, the Council doesn’t make a judgement on individual cases. To access the funds, businesses must meet specific criteria that has been outlined by the Government. The full eligibility criteria for both these grants can be found on the COVID-19 advice for businesses section of our website.
If businesses want to apply, an online form has been set up which allows eligible businesses to provide us with the details necessary to receive the grant. The form can be accessed on our website and all businesses will need is their bank details and customer reference number (this can be found on your business rates bill).
If any information is missing or needs additional verification, the processing of the grant will take longer.
Cllr George Duggins, Leader of Coventry City Council, said: “This is an attempt to protect jobs and businesses during a really difficult time for Coventry’s economy.
“Small Businesses are the foundation of this city’s economy and we’re doing everything we can to process this government cash.
“While it’s fantastic that we’ve been able to get so many businesses help during the first week of the scheme, we know many more still need help. Rest assured that our officers are working really hard to ensure that businesses get this vital support.
“This is a complex process however and it’s one we must get absolutely right. So, I’m asking you for your patience while we work hard to deliver this support.”
If businesses are struggling with their application and need help, they should email [email protected]. Please be aware that due to the high number of enquiries at this time that the team may take longer to respond.