Businesses in Ryedale unsure of what COVID-19 grants they are entitled to can access a Government support checker.

The online tool is there to help the self-employed, employers, sole traders and limited companies know what grants, tax relief and loans they are eligible for due to the impact of the pandemic.

It can be accessed here: www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder

Councillor Keane Duncan, Leader of Ryedale District Council said: “There are many different grants available to businesses at the moment – with distinct criteria and eligibility, each relating to a set lockdown or tier that we’ve been placed in.

“Ryedale District Council has just launched the grants for when we were classed as a high alert - tier 2, there is a one-off payment for specific businesses over Christmas and then there’ll be grants for the latest national lockdown.

“It can be confusing for businesses to know what support and financial grants they can access, so the Government’s support checker should help take away this confusion.

“It’s our priority to support lives and livelihoods throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and we’d encourage businesses to try the Government’s support checker first as we want them to access every bit of support they’re entitled to, to help keep them afloat. The Ryedale District Council business support page also has more information about the grants we have open and businesses can apply direct from there.”

So far, over £1.4 million has been given to 934 local businesses in Ryedale that had to close their doors during the second national lockdown, or had not been eligible for other grant support.

The tier 2 grants are now open for those businesses who were mandated to close when Ryedale was placed in tier 2 ‘high alert’. Full details are on the Business Support page: www.ryedale.gov.uk/covid-19-2020/support-for-business

The grants include the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) for closed businesses, which is aimed at helping those mandated to close during tier 2, such as wet-led pubs.

This week, Ryedale District Council will be opening the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) for open businesses. Eligible businesses include hospitality, hotels, bed and breakfast and leisure businesses which are registered to pay business rates and were open during tier 2, but whose trade suffered as a result.

A Christmas Support Payment Scheme is available for wet-led pubs which provides a one-off payment of £1,000. Eligible businesses are entitled to a one-off payment for the period 2 December to 30 December 2020.

There’s also the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) for open businesses - Tier 2 (Discretionary). Hospitality, hotels, bed and breakfast and leisure businesses which are not registered to pay business rates and were open during tier 2, but whose trade suffered as a result are eligible. Businesses which meet the criteria will be entitled to a grant covering 2 December to 30 December 2020.

Ryedale District Council’s Officers are awaiting information from the Government about grants for the current national lockdown. The Support for Business page will be updated as soon as the business team has the full details.

The original Business Support Grant Scheme ran from April - September which resulted in £23.9m being paid out to more than 2000 businesses.