Over £18.2 million paid out in business grants to support local economy

Friday, 19 February, 2021

Grants worth over £18.2 million have been processed by the Council to help support East Dunbartonshire businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Council and Business Gateway East Dunbartonshire continue to receive applications, calls and queries from a wide range of local firms and enterprises.

From November 2020 to 12 February 2021, the Council paid out:

  • 1,279 Business Temporary Closure Fund grants
  • 162 Business Restrictions Fund grants

That makes a total of £1,705,500 (Scottish Government Strategic Framework Business Funding - to 12 February 2021).

  • 412 Top-Up Funding grants for hospitality, retail and leisure businesses - totalling £2,655,000
  • 320 Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund grants - totalling £480,000.

Between November 2020 and 12 February 2021, the Council processed 2,173 grants - totalling £4,840,500 - providing vital support to local businesses.

That included 655 grants - £2,328,750 - in the space of a fortnight.

As part of earlier Scottish Government COVID-19 support packages, the Council paid out 1,414 grants with a total value of £13,455,715.

That is an incredible total of £18,296,215 - some 3,587 grants - for local firms, traders and job providers.

In addition, the Council's Discretionary Business Fund opened for applications on Wednesday (17 February) - aimed at supporting those ineligible for other forms of Scottish Government business grant support introduced since October 2020.

A one-off grant of £4,000 is available to eligible businesses (conditions and criteria apply). Visit www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/covid-19-business-support

Councillor Andrew Polson, Joint Leader of the Council, said, "The huge volume of business grants issued is testament to the massive amount of work being carried out behind the scenes by a variety of Council departments. Rest assured, we will continue to do our very best to support local firms, traders and service providers - who together are the backbone of the East Dunbartonshire economy."

Councillor Vaughan Moody, Joint Leader of the Council, added, "I am delighted we are continuing to strongly support local businesses - working with Scottish and UK Governments - as they strive to weather the COVID-19 storm. This is an incredibly challenging time and we are committed to doing all we can to help process grants and provide support as quickly as possible."

For more information on business support available, including the latest initiatives and updates, visit the Council's dedicated webpage - www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/covid-19-business-support

Business Gateway East Dunbartonshire is continuing to offer advice and support via online workshops and networking groups, as well as one-to-one 'remote' meetings.

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