SUPPORT grants totalling £4.6million for district businesses hit by the coronavirus crisis are being awarded this week
Stratford District Council has now processed for payment its first batch of 291 grants. Payment should be by close of play tomorrow (Tuesday).
All businesses due to receive a payment will receive a confirmation email or letter, including terms and conditions and a state aid declaration.
There remain around 400 further grant applications in the system which are going through our checks to determine eligibility.
These grants will be processed as soon as possible. The council has to follow the guidelines laid down by government, and these are regularly changing.
The grants form part of a £35.5million pot of cash allocated to the district council from the government.
Council leader Coun Tony Jefferson said: “Progress to date represents a huge achievement by our team. We know how important it is that businesses get support at this difficult time.
“Businesses have a critical economic role across Stratford-on-Avon District, employing thousands of people and we want to ensure that they can play a full role in the recovery from this crisis.
“We have been able to make payments of £4.6 million to Stratford district businesses, and this will increase rapidly with more eligible businesses going through the process.
“We are aware that the system is imperfect and we have raised issues with Nadhim Zahawi MP where there are gaps in coverage that particularly affect businesses in our district.
“Many businesses haven’t completed the online application form, so we are also writing to the over 3,000 businesses that are on our database, telling them about the grants, eligibility and how to claim. We would advise businesses to try and look out for the letter.”
Visit www.stratford.gov.uk fro further details.