Businesses in Gateshead which have been hit by coronavirus restrictions have been urged to apply to the council for a share of Government cash.
The authority has received Government funding to provide grants to support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, and events sector businesses which had been legally allowed to stay open until the second lockdown on November 5, but which had been severely hit by the local coronavirus restrictions.
The grants are aimed at helping ease the financial strain put upon these businesses by the localised restrictions under which Gateshead was placed on September 18 until the introduction of a second, nationwide lockdown.
Funding is available for businesses which had been legally required to close during the four-week national lockdown.
Eligible businesses can claim non-repayable grants for the 28-day lockdown period, as set by the Government, depending on the rateable values of their premises.
Unlike the previous national lockdown grant scheme, businesses that occupy properties with a rateable value of more than £51,000 can also apply.
Many businesses will be eligible to apply for both grants through one application.
Businesses will continue to be eligible to receive ongoing support during the Tier 3 restrictions in line with Government guidelines.
Government guidance regarding Tier 3 support is expected shortly. Where possible, grants will be paid without the need for further applications.
Eligible businesses forced to close can apply for a single grant covering four weeks.
Businesses worth £15,000 or less or without a rates account will get £1,334.
Meanwhile, businesses worth more than £15,000 but less than £51,000 will get £2,000.
Finally businesses worth £51,000 and above will get £3,000.
Businesses not forced to close but still impacted by restrictions can apply for a one off grant covering the seven week period from September 18 to November 4.
Those worth £15,000 or less or without a rates account could get £1,634.50, those worth more than £15,000 and less than £51,000 could get £2,450 and those worth £51,000 or above may be entitled to £3,675.
Another payment is available for the four week period from November 5 to December 2.
In this case businesses worth less than £15,000 could be eligible for £934, those worth more than £15,000 and less than £51,000 could get £1,400 and those worth £51,000 or more could be entitled to £2,100.
Coun Malcolm Brain, cabinet member for the economy said: "Many businesses in the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors have had a very tough few months. Many businesses have also been severely affected by the current national lockdown.
"I'd urge businesses to apply for this funding, which will go some way to easing the financial hardship they've been enduring."
For more information and to check eligibility visit the Gateshead Council website.