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Find information about community support and our services during the coronavirus pandemic, on our information for residents pages, our information for businesses pages, and our community support hub page which has guidance to help coordinate community organisations.

See a summary of our Local Outbreak Control Plan and read our frequently asked questions. 

Urgent deadline for Business Support Grant applications

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The government's Small Business Grants Fund, the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund and the Discretionary Grants Fund will end on 28 August 2020. 

Applications for the Discretionary Grant have already closed and West Berkshire Council is urging any businesses that believe they may be eligible for either grant to contact them immediately, as applications received by 23 August can still be processed to meet the 28 August deadline. 

To date, the council has paid £28,280,000 worth of grants to 2,199 businesses. 

Ross Mackinnon, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Finance and Economic Development said:

"We've worked hard to ensure that as many businesses in West Berkshire as possible have benefitted from these grants. We are now in the final stages of this important programme and we don't want any business that may be eligible to miss out. 

"The grants have been invaluable to our local economy helping ensure the survival of shops, cafes, hotels, restaurants and many other businesses. Although the majority of businesses have claimed, there is a small amount of time for others to make a claim and we urge them to take advantage of this opportunity." 

Further details about the grant schemes can be found on Gov.uk.

For further information, please email BRatesgrants@westberks.gov.uk