Ryedale District Council processes 100% of first wave of grant applications: Business grants 20m

07 May 2020

Ryedale District Council processes 100% of first wave of grant applications

Ryedale District Council employees are working around the clock to ensure that local businesses are getting the support they need.

The District Council has processed 100% of the first wave of grant applications received from businesses, resulting in over £20 million being paid out. This has put Ryedale in the top 25 of councils for speed of processing grants.

Employees are now working on processing further applications from small businesses and companies within the retail, leisure and hospitality sector.

Councillor Keane Duncan, Leader of Ryedale District Council, said:

“I’m really proud of our teams and their commitment to supporting lives and livelihoods during these uncertain times. Over 1600 individual businesses have received the support they’re entitled to and we’re not stopping at that. We’re doing all we can to process the latest wave of businesses who are eligible for support.

“What’s more, we’ve launched a £40k Emergency Grants Fund to provide vital financial support to cash-strapped charitable organisations across the district.”

Ryedale District Council has written out to people who are eligible for a grant, to remind them to complete the quick online form, which captures the necessary details to make the grant payment.  Some basic checks may be needed before the money can be paid, but in most cases the turnaround time is just a matter of days.  However, it can take longer if any of the details on the form are incorrect. Businesses are encouraged to take special care when entering their information.

A grant of up to £25,000 is available for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000.

£10,000 is available through the Small Business Grant, as part of the government’s package of support to help businesses during the COVID outbreak.  Through the scheme, businesses in receipt of small business rate relief, retail relief and rural rate relief can claim £10,000 in grant funding to help them to stay afloat during the lockdown period.

There is no application form for the grants, but some information is required from eligible businesses to allow the money to be paid. To make this as easy as possible, Ryedale District Council has launched a secure online form to collect the necessary data.

The relevant forms are available on www.ryedale.gov.uk/business-support under the Small Business Grant section and can be filled in now.

The council’s specialist business team can be contacted on business@ryedale.gov.uk.