COVID impacted businesses can apply for a new round of grant funding, Slough Borough Council has announced.

Eligible businesses trading pre-Covid on December 2019 that are continuing to see the virus's impact can apply from Monday, January 10 until 5pm on February 4.

New businesses which were trading on or before April 2021 are also eligible to apply, though separate rules on supporting information will apply.

All applications must be accompanied by supporting documentation. There is no opportunity to submit further documents afterwards. Incorrect documentation will mean an unsuccessful application.

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This includes:

  • proof of property costs
  • proof of trading
  • proof of income for a period pre-Covid if you were trading, then one month’s bank statements from October, November or December 2019

proof of current income – the same month’s bank statements for 2021

if you only started trading during Covid, all bank statements from April to November 2021.

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Councillor Beni Bains, lead member for regulation and public protection, said: “I applaud businesses who have worked so hard during this pandemic to survive and provide their services. Any grants which could give them a little help are welcomed.

“Please do read the application guidance before applying and get your application submitted in good time.”

Businesses that continued to trade effectively during lockdown or have more than 50 employees cannot apply.

Betting shops, vape stores, casinos, adult gaming centres, and arcades are also exempt.

Visit the council’s website for more information on the scheme, and an application form.