People who are self-employed in Stafford Borough will be able to apply for £2,000 if their business has suffered because of Covid-19.
The one-off payment will also be for sole traders and small limited companies who have not received previous funding grants.
The latest grant pot has been earmarked for eligible businesses, such as driving instructors, sports therapists, photographers, and artists, who have lost more than 30 per cent of income since Covid-19 restrictions were put in place in March 2020.
During the pandemic Stafford Borough Council has distributed more than £35 million to local businesses who have had to close, or have been significantly restricted, by measures introduced to control the spread of the virus.
Conditions of receiving the new grant also include having less than £50m turnover and 250 staff. The business would have to prove they had been trading at the time and were registered at either HM Revenues and Customs or Companies House.
Payments are expected to be made later this month (April) and applications for the new grants will be open from 15 April.
Karen Tierney, Head of Development at the Borough Council, said: “We are keen to ensure all eligible businesses who have suffered because of the impact the virus restrictions have had on them receive this financial help.
“This latest round of funding will give support to those who have not received grants previously – including many of our self-employed and small businesses. I’d urge those businesses to keep an eye on our website and social media accounts so they do not miss out on the application process.”
She added that as well as financial help, the council was also delivering other support for businesses and encouraged people to get in contact with the council to find out more.
More help and advice can be found from the dedicated business pages of the council’s website at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/business-support-coronavirus
Press Release No 5754