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Discretionary Business Grants deadline extended

22 June 2020

The deadline for businesses to submit an application to receive a one-off grant of £5,000 to help with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has been extended, after businesses asked for more time to supply evidence to support their claim.

Under the Discretionary Business Grants scheme, 660 small businesses in the borough will receive an equal share of £3.3m given to the council by the Government, to help those firms who were not eligible for other government schemes.

To help ensure the money is put to best use and goes as far as it can, Brent’s cabinet backed a plan earlier this month to allocate amounts of £5,000 to 660 businesses across the borough, and applied criteria such as the number employees a company has, where they trade and how long they’ve been operating for.

Businesses had a deadline of 5pm on Monday 22 June 2020 to get their applications and supporting evidence in, but the feedback received suggested that many businesses were struggling to get their documents together by the deadline.

Cllr Shama Tatler, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for business, said:

“We’re keen to get this money out to businesses as soon as we possibly can, but in listening to those who have been applying and who have tried applying, we’ve learned that having such a tight turnaround was perhaps a bit ambitious.

“Our priority has always been to get this money to where it’s needed most and where it can make the biggest impact for local companies and protect local jobs.

“Allowing more time allows those who are eligible for this funding to complete their applications and provide all the supporting evidence, which will be essential for when the criteria is applied and payments are made.”

For more information and to apply, visit www.brent.gov.uk/businessgrants 

For all enquiries about the application process, email business@brent.gov.uk.