Farmers in Cumbria may be eligible for grants worth up to £5,000 to help small- and medium-sized businesses recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
Cumbria Business Growth Hub has announced the opening of two grant schemes – one specifically for tourism businesses and the other open to all sectors.
To be eligible, applicants must be able to demonstrate that coronavirus caused a 40% loss of income between March and June, compared with the same period in 2019.
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Businesses can apply for grants from £1,000 to £5,000 to cover the cost of buying in specialist advice to address their immediate needs in response to Covid-19.
This specialist advice might be HR, accountancy, legal, financial, health and safety, IT/digital or sector-related consultancy.
Alternatively, businesses with visitor attractions can apply for grants to boost productivity through digital tools, or to support mentoring, networking or other measures.
Grants may also be available to help visitor-based businesses adapt to social distancing requirements.
Cumbria Business Growth Hub has said while the maximum grant on offer is £5,000, it expects most awards to be in the region of £1,000 to £3,000.
The money will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so businesses are being urged to get their applications in as quickly as possible.
To start the application process, businesses should email firstname.lastname@example.org
The scheme will also be available in Yorkshire but will not open until September. Businesses can register an interest in the Yorkshire scheme here.