Extra £3.3m in grants to protect local jobs

15 June 2020

660 Brent businesses will receive £5,000 each in additional Covid-19 support funding, after Brent’s Cabinet approved a plan earlier today (June, 15) to distribute £3.3m received from central government, for the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Scheme.

The scheme, announced last month, is intended to provide support to certain small businesses not eligible for other Covid-19 business grant schemes.

Under the scheme, councils must follow the mandatory criteria set by the government, but they also have some flexibility in how they choose to distribute the grants, such as the amount for each payment and how the applications will be prioritised.

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

“We want to make sure that this money which is available goes as far as possible, which is why we are focussing on small businesses. 

“By taking this approach it means that we can get more help, to more businesses and help safeguard as many jobs in Brent as possible.”

Businesses have five working days, starting at 9am on Tuesday 16 June, to submit their application for funding.

Applications will then be considered by a dedicated review team who will check eligibility and supporting evidence.

If, as expected, more than 660 eligible businesses apply and meet all the criteria, a ranking system will then be applied and payments made, until the £3.3m from the Government has been spent.

Applications are now closed.

For more information on the Discretionary Grants Scheme and other support available, visit www.brent.gov.uk/businessgrants