MSDC have set up an online website at www.GrantApproval.co.uk for local businesses to register – you will need to do this in the personal name of the business owner. If you qualify for a number of grants you only need to register once. We will ask you when registering to put some details in including an email address. We will then email all businesses registered early next week by the latest advising them to complete the information required. We are planning to pay all qualifying businesses – there will be certain checks we have to do as part of the process to protect public funds – week commencing 6th April 2020 provided all the information required has been given.
Letters are going out to local businesses who we believe may qualify from today but we are conscious that a number of businesses are closed so any help you can give to promote this will be very much appreciated. We will also be updating our website and putting numerous messages on social media.
The latest version and hopefully the final guidance was only received from the Government yesterday (it has been changed a number of times) hence the slight delay in getting back to you. For your information, to try and be transparent to all Local Businesses, I have given below both the Guidance Link for Local Authorities and for Businesses. The links to these are below:-
Local Authority Guidance Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-business-support-grant-funding?5432
Further guidance on the business grants is available on the Mid Sussex DC website at https://www.midsussex.gov.uk/revsandbens/business-rates/new-grants-for-business-rates/. We are regularly updating this webpage so please keep referring to it and we will, if not already there, also shortly have a link to the online website.
Please do let me know if you need any additional information or clarification.
Mr Kevin Stewart
Business Unit Leader Revenues and Benefits
Mid Sussex District Council