Monday, September 21, 2020

Discretionary Grant Fund reopens to COVID-hit Leeds SMEs

Leeds-based SMEs and charities in Leeds affected by COVID-19 are being urged to apply for support as the Discretionary Grant Fund (DGF) reopens for a second phase.

The fund has opened for a further four weeks beginning from Monday 3 August to Friday 28 August.

Phase one of the DGF scheme opened on 1 June for a period of four weeks. Between 1 and 28 June, Leeds City Council supported more than 364 organisations, with £2,360,000 of funding being provided to businesses and charities.

Businesses which did not receive funding in the first phase now have until Friday 28 August to apply. Grants will be available up to a maximum of £10,000.

Applicants have to be an SME or charity with relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs, and be able to demonstrate a significant impact of the pandemic on their business.

“The reopening of the Discretionary Grant Fund is welcome additional support and will allow a number of businesses who may have previously missed out or not been eligible in phase one to benefit this time round,” said Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council.

“I would encourage all businesses who have not yet applied to make themselves familiar with the eligibility criteria and the information they need to submit a successful application before the closing date.”

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