Trowbridge businesses may be eligible for grants through Wiltshire Council to support them during the current lockdown which ends on December 2.

The council has launched a Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme after it received £7 million of Government funding to help local businesses.

If eligible, one-off grants will be awarded to businesses to support them during the ongoing lockdown and also help deal with the challenges presented by coronavirus.

Qualifying businesses include those with properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, who will receive grants of £1,334, Those with properties with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000 will receive grants of £2,000, and finally properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over will receive grants of £3,000.

Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said: “We are pleased to be launching this new scheme to help more businesses in the county access much-needed financial support. We hope this will help provide some breathing space until they can reopen their business again on 2 December.

“I would strongly encourage businesses to complete the online application form and provide all the necessary information to avoid any delays with assessing your application.

“We have mobilised a team of over 40 members of staff, the majority of whom have been redeployed from other roles within the council, to administer these grants and are aiming to make the first payments next week.”

Wiltshire Council has also been awarded a further £10 million for the Additional Restrictions Grant.

This discretionary grant scheme will support those businesses required to close or have been severely affected by the national restrictions, but which do not pay business rates.

Philip Whitehead added: “We are working up the detail of how to award the money to businesses in Wiltshire who are most in need of financial support and will publish these details and launch this additional scheme shortly.

“We appreciate the enormous stress businesses are under and we will continue to play our part to ensure our businesses and local economy are supported long-term.”

Full guidance for applications and the online application form for the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme is available by clicking here.