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Covid Outbreak Closure Grant

Key Eligibility Criteria 

The COVID Outbreak Closure Grant is open to small businesses that meet the following criteria: -  

  • Only eligible to businesses which have had to close on or after the 14th of July 2021
  • Be a small business that employs 10 or less full-time equivalent employees 
  • Must occupy premises in Burnley with a rateable value and be liable for business rates (unless in receipt of SBRR) or pay an all-inclusive rent and rates bill to a landlord 
  • Be able to provide evidence of the notification from the NHS Covid-19 app or NHS Test & Trace to self-isolate or evidence of a positive test 
  • For the avoidance of doubt, businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme 

Application Process 

An online application form is to be completed and businesses are required to provide the following supporting information: - 

  1. A brief summary explaining why the business has had to close, for how long and what alternatives you had considered to remain open. 
  2. Evidence to show that there has been an outbreak of COVID 19, either a copy/screen shot of the Covid test result from the NHS Covid 19 app, or the NHS Test & Trace being notified to self-isolate. 
  3. An estimate of the expected financial loss to the business as a result of having to close the business 

Grant Award 

A grant of up to £1,000 will be available to mitigate losses incurred as a result of closures due to the workplace outbreaks. (up to 1 grant per calendar month). 

Businesses that experience repeated outbreaks will be required to show they are putting in plans to prevent further outbreaks. 

There is no right of appeal to the Council decision.

Click Here to apply for the Covid Outbreak Closure Grant

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