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COVID-19 - Essex Business Adaptation Grants

An Essex Business Adaptation Grant will help businesses carry out adjustments to enable them to continue to operate safely. Applications close on Saturday 31 July.

The Essex Business Adaptation Grant scheme was announced in November by Essex County Council (ECC). The scheme will supply capital grants of up to £1,500 to local businesses experiencing added pressures since Essex was placed into the High local Covid alert level by the government. This grant will help businesses carry out adjustments to enable them to continue to operate safely. Basildon Council has now been given a total funding allocation of £317,520 to support our businesses. 

Applications for a Essex Business Adaptation Grant are now welcome.

Businesses that are eligible

To be eligible for a Essex Business Adaptation Grants a business must:

  • have fixed property related costs
  • have been open and trading to visiting members of the public on 4 November 2020
  • have had to close or severely impacted by the restrictions
  • not be insolvent, in administration, or having been issued a striking off notice
  • Grant can only be used for expenditure to carry out adaptations since 15th October 2020.

Apply for an Essex Business Adaptation Grants 

Applications close on Saturday 31 July 2021.

Grant award amounts

Grants of £500

Grants of £500 will be awarded for the purpose of: 

  • promoting that the business is open and COVID-secure such as signage, stencils, leaflets, advertising, web and mobile technology
  • training , upskilling , or reskilling staff in courses directly connected to or associated with the adaptions or changes being made for businesses.

Grants of £1000

Grants of £1000 will be awarded for the purpose of: 

  • promoting that the business is open and COVID-secure such as signage, stencils, leaflets, advertising, web and mobile technology
  • training , upskilling , or reskilling staff in courses directly connected to or associated with the adaptions or changes being made for businesses
  • enabling improvements, adjustments, or expansion of the business premises to help the business stay open in response to COVID-secure practices and social distancing guidelines. For example, sanitiser stations/units, protective screens, barriers, or adaptions for serving food and drink.

Grants of £1500

Grants of £1500 will be awarded for the purpose of: 

  • promoting that the business is open and COVID-secure such as signage, stencils, leaflets, advertising, web and mobile technology
  • training , upskilling , or reskilling staff in courses directly connected to or associated with the adaptions or changes being made for businesses
  • enabling improvements, adjustments, or expansion of the business premises to help the business stay open in response to COVID-secure practices and social distancing guidelines. For example, sanitiser stations/units, protective screens, barriers, or adaptions for serving food and drink
  • helping with costs associated with setting up and running an online presence where the business does not currently have an online presence, for example, digital technology platforms or licensing
  • enabling the business to diversify operations to generate new or enhance existing income streams including the purchase of equipment to enable this.

Examples of items that grant awards can be used for

Examples of items that a Business Adaptation Grant can be used for includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • vehicles and personal transportation connected with supplying delivery services such as cycles
  • access improvements/ amendments, for example, motion sensor doors, queuing adaptations, one-way set-ups, or improvised waiting areas
  • internal adaptations, for example, relocation of existing fixtures and fittings or services, potentially to support new ways of using the space to ensure social distancing or diversified uses of premises
  • exterior furniture, shelter, heating, lighting, for example, tables, seating, benches, awning, canopy, patio-heaters, or interventions to support appropriately spaced outdoor service

 

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