3rd Sep 2020 in Business

A new £400,000 funding pot is being made available by Belfast City Council to help businesses, social enterprises and charities adapt their premises and introduce measures to allow for social distancing.

The council agreed the scheme as part of its Covid-19 recovery plans, made possible with an initial Covid-19 Revitalisation funding allocation of £1.338m from the Department for Communities and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, awarded to council to support city revitalisation and recovery.

Under the scheme, grants of £500 up to a maximum of £2,500 will be made available to eligible businesses, social enterprises and charities in the Belfast City Council area.

Councillor Christina Black, Chair of council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee, said: “Our businesses, social enterprises and charities are all facing unprecedented challenges and it’s vital that they receive our support to keep operating.

“These grants are aimed at supporting businesses to continue trading safely in the new operating environment and overcome the challenges that Covid restrictions have presented.  Since lockdown restrictions were eased, council has been working closely with our city partners to help increase business footfall and sales. We want people to feel confident in Belfast, knowing that measures are in place to keep customers and staff safe.”

Grants can be used for costs associated with Covid-19 adaptations, such as changes to internal and external layouts to assist with social distancing, sanitisation stations, signage, awnings or canopies, collection and delivery points, outdoor seating or heating and barriers.

Applications open on 2 September and grants will be allocated on a first come first served basis. www.belfastcity.gov.uk/funding

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