We are aware that many businesses in Essex that are eligible for grants and funding have not yet applied. If you know of someone who may find this information useful, please forward it to them and encourage them to apply for a grant.
Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000, the Chancellor announced on 5 January.
In Essex, you will be apply to apply for this grant through your district, borough or city council. We will share more information when application routes are open.
The one-off top-ups will be granted to closed businesses as follows:
Visit your district, borough or city council to find out more.
More people in Essex are now eligible for a £500 one-off payment if they need to self-isolate and cannot work from home.
Essex County Council has set aside £3million funding to give more people self-isolation support. It is available to those who are not eligible for the government support payment.
If someone in your workforce tests positive, this new payment will help give them financial security for the 10 day self-isolation period.
Anyone who lives or works in Essex can book a free fast Covid-19 test at a local centre.
Please let your employees know they might be eligible for the Essex Test and Trace Support Payment if they test positive for Covid-19.
You can apply for the following schemes through your district, borough or city council. They use government funding to define eligibility and distribute funding at a local level.
For more information or to apply for a scheme, visit the Business Support pages on your local council's website.
The Business Adaptation Grant Scheme can help you make adaptations to your premises and operations during the coronavirus pandemic.
Businesses have utilised this funding to make their premises more Covid-secure. Examples include:
If you have been severely impacted or forced to close due to Covid-19 restrictions, you may be eligible for a grant through the Localised or Additional Restrictions schemes. These schemes aim to help businesses that aren't eligible for other government funding.
The Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs supports pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than provide food and were severely impacted over the festive season due to temporary local restrictions.
Eligible businesses may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of £1,000 from their local council. The deadline for applications has been extended to 28 February 2021.