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Grants increased for Sheffield businesses hit by Tier 3 restrictions

Sheffield City Council have announced that money made available to businesses affected by Covid restrictions has been increased and the deadlines to apply have been extended.

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Sheffield businesses in the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors that are successful in applying for lockdown grants will now receive up to £6,000 more, the Council have announced.

Businesses can still apply for a Business Lockdown Grant, and if the application is successful it will be topped up with the additional money without the need for further applications. The deadline to apply for the scheme has been extended indefinitely.

The grants cover businesses affected by the national lockdown which started on 5 November, as well as the Tier 2 and Tier 3 periods from 14 October.

"Our cafe is closed so our customers can’t sit in but we have changed to provide a takeaway service," said Hayley and Mike Stones, owners of Dore Cafe.

Confusion

Guidance from Sheffield City Council.

"We recently applied for the Business Lockdown Grant after learning that we could even though we were open for takeaway, because our main area of business is forced to close.

"If you, like us, were forced to close under Tier 3 restrictions or lockdown, please apply for the grant."

Money available from another fund, the Supply Chain Grant, has also been increased, and the deadline to apply has been extended to 15 January.

This grant is for supply chain businesses with premises costs where the majority of business activity is supplying to the hospitality, accommodation or leisure sectors.

"We know that businesses may still be confused about whether they can apply for a grant and which grant applies to them," said Cllr Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Business and Investment.

"It’s just one application per business - you do not need to apply for different schemes.

"We have tried to streamline the grant application process as much as possible so it’s one application. Tier 2 and 3 top-ups will be automatically applied to businesses who are eligible."

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