Mole Valley businesses that have had to temporarily close or have been negatively impacted during the second national lockdown can apply for a grant to help support them through this period. Two types of grants from the government are available.

Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) will again be administering government grants, having paid £19,375,500 from the government’s Business Grant Funding Scheme to over 1,500 local businesses from April to September 2020. Two types of grant will be made available to help support those businesses in the district that have closed or negatively impacted during England’s national lockdown, due to finish on 2 December 2020. Please visit https://www.molevalley.gov.uk/businessgrants to check the eligibility criteria, when applications need to submitted by and how to apply for either grant.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant is a single grant to cover the four-week lockdown period and is for eligible businesses with a rateable value.  Businesses can find out if they have been mandated to close by visiting the GOV.UK website. The rate of payment is for properties with a rateable value of:

  • £15,000 or under, grants will be £1,334
  • more than £15,000 and below £51,000, grants will be £2,000
  • £51,000 or over, grants will be £3,000

Businesses that do not qualify for the Local Restrictions Support Grant may be eligible to apply for a discretionary grant; the Additional Restrictions Grant. This grant scheme is aimed at businesses in the supply chain to those businesses who have had to close, and for local businesses that do not have a rateable value – most commonly those people who run a business from their home address. More information is available on MVDC’s website www.molevalley.gov.uk/businessgrants, by emailing businessgrants@molevalley.gov.uk or ringing 01306 885001.

Councillor Clayton Wellman, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Economy, said: “We understand the impact that lockdown is having on businesses in Mole Valley and have been working to establish these new grants schemes as soon as we could. We have emailed every business who received a grant last time to let them know more support is available and encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible to look into the grants that are available. We want to get the money out to businesses as soon as we can. We are carrying out weekly payments on the main grants scheme and have a deadline of midday on 7 December for the Discretionary scheme, which will ensure payments are made before Christmas.”