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New business grants coming soon

Eligible businesses that continue to be affected by Covid will be able to apply for a new round of discretionary grant funding. 

Open for applications from Monday 10 January until 5pm on 4 February, the grants are for businesses which were trading pre-Covid in December 2019 and have continued to trade.

New businesses which were trading on or before April 2021 are also eligible to apply, though separate rules on supporting information will apply. 

All applications must be accompanied by the supporting documentation. There is no opportunity to submit further documents afterwards. Incorrect documentation will mean an unsuccessful application.

Businesses are advised to get their documents in order, ready to apply on 10 January.

This includes:

  • proof of property costs
  • proof of trading
  • proof of income for a period pre-Covid if you were trading, then one month’s bank statements from October, November or December 2019
  • proof of current income – the same month’s bank statements for 2021 
  • if you only started trading during Covid, all bank statements from April to November 2021.

All businesses that can demonstrate they have been and continue to be severely financially impacted by Covid and can demonstrate fixed property costs in relation to the business can apply.

Councillor Beni Bains, lead member for regulation and public protection, said: “I applaud businesses who have worked so hard during this pandemic to survive and provide their services. Any grants which could give them a little help are welcomed. 

“Please do read the application guidance before applying and get your application submitted in good time.”

The following will not be eligible to apply:

  • businesses that continued to trade effectively during lockdown such as accountants, solicitors take-aways, newsagents etc
  • businesses with more than 50 employees
  • businesses in areas outside the scope of the localised restrictions, as defined by government
  • businesses that have already received grant payments that are equal to the maximum levels of State Aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework
  • businesses that do not trade or employ staff in Slough
  • self-employed people who have received or were eligible to receive SEISS grants
  • businesses that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made prior to payment
  • betting shops, vape shops, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades.

Visit the council’s website for more information on the scheme, and an application form (available from 10 January). 

Published: 5 January 2022