Decision details

Amend the Additional Restrictions - Discretionary Business Grant Scheme for round 2 of applications

Decision Maker: Executive Director – Finance and Assets - Paul Jones

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Reasons for the decision:

The Government provided Additional Restrictions Grant Funding in November 2020 for Councils to design their own grant schemes for businesses severely impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

On 17 November 2021 Cabinet approved the Additional Restrictions - Discretionary Business Grant Scheme and authorised the Cabinet Member Finance and Assets to make changes to the scheme to ensure its successful operation. Cabinet also authorised the Executive Director Finance and Assets, in consultation with the Cabinet Member Finance and Assets to add further categories to the scheme.

 

The scheme is being updated for the second round of applications and awards to:

 

·         Change specific references to eligibility dates and grant award periods for the November 2020 lockdown period

·         Confirm round 2

·         Insert section 2 to confirm the grant award period and application window for round 2 of the scheme and allow for subsequent rounds and grant award periods to be added

·         Expanded the eligibility criteria for categories 1 to 6 so that certain businesses aren’t unfairly excluded

·         Amend the grant award levels to reflect  the grant award period

·         Add additional categories 7 and 8 for round 2

Alternative options considered:

None.

Other reasons / organisations consulted

To make changes to the scheme so that to ensure it operates successfully post November 2020 lockdown and add categories to provide some business support to businesses without business premises that are severely impacted by restrictions due the coronavirus pandemic.

Consultees

Consultation with the Cabinet Member Finance and Assets.

Contact: Paul Jones, Executive Director-Finance and Assets 01242 264365 Email: paul.jones@cheltenham.gov.uk.

Publication date: 15/02/2021

Date of decision: 12/02/2021

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