Trafford Council supports more businesses during the Covid lockdown

Trafford Council has again reviewed its Discretionary Grant Fund so that more businesses are supported during the lockdown.

The Fund has now been extended to cover self-employed people who work from home and who have received support from the government’s Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). The Fund has also been extended to consider applications from medium sized businesses that relocated to the borough, or are subsidiaries that set up in the borough, subject to meeting set criteria.

The Discretionary Grant Fund is open to applications from:

  • Businesses across all sectors that are not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG).
  • Self-employed businesses working from home, including those in receipt of SEISS.
  • Medium sized businesses of importance to the local economy.
  • Companies with backdated rateable valuations (RVs) in the retail, hospitality and leisure (RHL) categories.

The Council continues to invite applications from businesses eligible under previous ARG rounds. Full details of how to apply and the eligibility criteria can be found on the Trafford Council website.

Cllr Tom Ross, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Finance and Governance, said:

“I am delighted that Trafford’s Discretionary Grant Fund now covers more self-employed businesses that are run from home, and is open to more medium sized businesses to apply. Trafford’s businesses have been badly hit by Covid and the Council is committed to support them as much as possible while lockdown restrictions are still in place.

“I’d like to express my thanks to Altrincham and Sale Chamber, Altrincham Unlimited and the FSB in helping the Council to promote the Fund across the borough.”

The Trafford ARG Scheme will close to new applications on 31 March and the scheme will be reviewed thereafter.

Posted on Tuesday 2nd March 2021