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In response to the challenges that have been brought about by COVID-19, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council (ANBC), in conjunction with the Department for Communities (DfC) and the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), are offering businesses the opportunity to apply for financial assistance.

Who can apply?
  • Independent private sector retail businesses* trading from commercial premises outside the designated town centres of Antrim, Ballyclare, Crumlin, Glengormley and Randalstown will be prioritised under this fund.

  • Independent private coffee shops, bars and restaurants trading from commercial premises outside the designated town centres of Antrim, Ballyclare, Crumlin, Glengormley and Randalstown will be prioritised under this fund.

  • Independent hair and beauty sector trading from commercial premises outside the designated town centres of Antrim, Ballyclare, Crumlin, Glengormley and Randalstown will be prioritised under this fund.

  • Professional services such as estate agents, financial advisors, mortgage and insurance companies operating in the priority geographic areas noted in the points above may be eligible subject to the availability of funding after all priority sector applications received by the deadline have been considered.

  • Businesses who were trading on 15th March 2020 and has re-opened or commits to re-opening within a defined timescale (which will be a condition of any offer of funding);

*Retail is defined as the sale of consumer goods via a traditional retail store;
 
Please note that only one grant per business address is eligible. Businesses previously receiving Council administered grants in response to Covid-19 are ineligible.  Separate rates bills per business are required for properties occupying multiple businesses.
 
National chain stores are not eligible for funding however locally owned and/or chains indigenous to Northern Ireland are eligible.  The final decision regarding eligibility will rest with the Council.
 

The following sectors are ineligible to apply:
  • Banks and financial institutions;

  • Charitable / voluntary sector;

  • Public buildings and services;

  • Health practices, e.g. GP Surgeries, chiropodists and dental surgeries.

It is important to download and read the guidance notes before completing your application. 
Please note that applications will be assessed on a first come first served basis and the deadline for applications is 4pm on Friday 4th December 2020.

Application forms and any queries should be sent to investment@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

 

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