Since November the Council has paid out more than £12-million in various Government support grants but has so far received only 1,500 applications from potentially 2,500 eligible businesses.
That's why the letter has been issued alerting businesses to apply for Local Restrictions Support Grants before the deadline.
A spokesperson said:
"We believe the local enterprises we have written to might be eligible for business support grants. Depending on the size and type of business, the value of grants could be as little as £250 or as much as £20,000.
"These are grants from the Government and they do not have to be repaid - they are not loans - but they do have to be paid out by March. That's why it's vital that, if a business is eligible, applications should be made immediately. Any business that gets the letter should go to the District Council website, register and apply if they haven’t done so already."Eligible businesses must go the Derbyshire Dales District Council website and register for COVID business grants here.
Once successfully registered, a number of emails will follow from the District Council, each including a link to apply for a specific Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG). Businesses may be eligible for more than one grant, so must click the link in every separate email from the District Council.
The letter will be addressed to the ratepayer. Please note that a business does not have to be paying business rates to be eligible for an LRSG grant: they just have to be liable to pay business rates. So businesses that are rated but receive full Small Business Rates Relief, which means they are rated don’t actually pay rates, are potentially eligible for these COVID business grants.
For any queries on the Local Restrictions Support Grant, businesses should email BusinessGrants@derbyshiredales.gov.uk
Here's an example of the letter to businesses [PDF]