Sandwell Council has now paid ‘lifeline’ grants to more than 1,500 businesses – worth a total of £18.1 million – to help them tackle the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).
But over 2,100 businesses have yet to respond to a council letter asking for key information so that grants they may be eligible for can be processed.
As of yesterday afternoon (Monday), the council had paid grants to 1,537 businesses.
The grants paid so far are as follows:
• 1,282 small business grants of £10,000;
• 73 retail hospitality and leisure grants of £10,000; and
• 182 retail hospitality and leisure grants of £25,000
Any Sandwell businesses that believe they may be eligible for a grant but have not yet filled in the online form with their details should go to www.sandwell.gov.uk/supportforbusinesses where they can check the qualifying criteria and complete the form to request a grant.
The council’s Think Sandwell website www.thinksandwell.com/coronavirus has a range of advice and support available to Sandwell’s businesses during the coronavirus outbreak.