Barry Town Council has committed £150,000 to a Covid-19 Recovery Fund to support a more Resilient Barry. At a meeting of Full Council held on 29 July 2020, Councillors unanimously agreed to re-purpose a number of existing budget headings and use money from reserves to launch the fund directed at independent traders, local businesses and community groups based in Barry.
The independent trader fund will see an increase from the usual £3,000 Small Business Grants to a new £50,000 Grant allocation committed to helping Traders across Barry with the added expenses Covid-19 restrictions have placed on businesses; this will support new ways of working, can be used to instil confidence in shoppers and any other ideas that traders have which will boost the economy and their own business. Applications are welcome up to £1,500.
The Fund will also help community groups across Barry who have seen the effects of Covid-19 and aims to keep these groups running or help them to restart in a Covid-19 Safe environment. The Council has increased its annual Grants Programme and set aside £40,000 for this purpose and invites applications up to the value of £1,500 for small and impactful projects. Previous voluntary and community group applicants are encouraged to reapply if they wish to deliver their ideas in different ways.
Applications will be available from Monday, 10 August and can be requested via email [email protected]