New official figures have revealed that Gedling Borough Council paid out £31.4 million in Covid grants to more than 2,250 businesses in the area since the start of the pandemic.
The funding came as part of numerous Government grants and support schemes launched during the pandemic to keep businesses afloat during lockdowns and local restrictions.
Tens of thousands of payments were made by councils across Nottinghamshire during the two years to March 2022, with councils saying the support has allowed local traders to keep their heads above water at a time when they were “hit hardest”.
Figures from six out of eight distributing authorities in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire show councils distributed at least £285 million over the past two years.
But Gedling Borough Council leader Cllr John Clarke told Local Democracy Reporter Andrew Topping that distributing the grants had “not always been straightforward”.
He said: “Our officers have worked relentlessly to ensure as many eligible businesses as possible have been able to apply for, and receive, much-needed grant funding at a time when their businesses were hit hardest.
“Facilitating these grants has not always been straightforward, with a range of criteria and eligibility requirements, tight deadlines to raise awareness of each grant and the huge administrative undertaking processing applications.”
The funding was provided to local authorities from Whitehall to distribute to traders, with eligible businesses, traders and the self-employed required to apply to their council for individual payments.
As of March 19, 2022, all Government business grant schemes had closed, with no Covid restrictions in place across England.