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FUNDING NEWS
Lockdown Business Fund Launched
This is a fund to provide financial assistance to businesses that are facing operational and financial challenges caused by the national lockdown announced for Wales as a result of COVID-19. The purpose of the fund is to support businesses with cash flow support to help them survive the economic consequences of the restrictions put in place.
To receive the grants outlined below you will need to register and or make an application for the discretionary elements. Registration and applications will be open on the *28th October 2020 via links to each Local Authority(LA) site which will be provided on these pages or can be accessed direct. Applications will close at 5pm on the 20th November 2020 or when the fund is fully committed. The fund will be administered by your Local Authority.
(* we may need to release the LA links over two working days so please do not worry if your LA site is not immediately visible on the 28th).
The fund consists of two separate grants:
Lockdown Non Domestic Rate Grant
Grant 1
A grant of £5,000 is being made available for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses that have been forced to close (as defined by the regulations) and occupy properties with a rateable value of between £12,001 and £51,000.
In line with the regulations, the primary operation of the business at the qualifying hereditament must be closed during the firebreak period to be eligible for this element of support. However if a food delivery or takeaway service is in operation (and is not the normal primary income source for the business) and aligns fully to the reasonable measures required you may apply for the £5k grant. Businesses should read the relevant regulations and make their own judgment before applying based on the regulation and broader support offer.
Grant 2
A grant of £1,000 is being made available to all businesses eligible for small business rates relief (SBRR) in Wales with a rateable value of up to £12,000 (for further details and exemptions see guidance document).
•    Businesses eligible for small business rates relief that have been subject to local restrictions for 3 weeks or more and have been materially impacted (>50% reduction in turnover) up to the 23rd October will be eligible for a further grant of £1,000
•    and a discretionary enhanced £2,000 top-up grant will be made available on an application basis for those businesses with a rateable value of £12,000 or less who are forced to close by the firebreak lockdown (as defined by the regulations).
You are not eligible for this grant if:
•    You are eligible for, or have received, the Lockdown Discretionary Grant from your Local Authority
You will need to be on the NDR rating list for your local authority on 1 September 2020 and will need to complete a simple registration form to receive this grant.
For further information on this grant please read the Enhanced Lockdown Non Domestic Rate Grant – Guidance (ENG)_0.docx
Lockdown Discretionary Grant
Grant amount 1 – a discretionary grant of £1,500 is available to assist businesses that have:
•    Been forced to close (as defined by the regulations) as a result of the national firebreak lockdown
•    OR are able to demonstrate that the national firebreak lockdown will result in at least a 80% reduction in their turnover for that period
Grant amount 2 – a discretionary grant of £2,000 is available to assist businesses that have:
•    Been forced to close (as defined by the regulations) as a result of the national firebreak lockdown
•    OR are able to demonstrate that the national firebreak lockdown will result in at least a 80% reduction in their turnover for that period
•    AND have been subject to local restrictions for 3 weeks or more up to the 23rd October and experienced at least a 50% reduction in their turnover for that period.
You cannot apply for Grant 1 and Grant 2.
You are not eligible for this grant if:
•    You are eligible for, or have received, the Lockdown Non-Domestic Rate Grant from your Local Authority
•    If you have 50 or more employees
•    If the business generated less than 50% of your income, the business must be your main source of income.
For further information on this grant please read the Enhanced Lockdown Discretionary Grant – Guidance (ENG)_0.docx
Applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. This may lead to applications not being appraised after they have been submitted if the fund is fully committed.
 
Dear GVS Member
We need you for just one hour!
Book your place at our virtual AGM, support GVS and hear about our work
Glamorgan Voluntary Services’ (GVS) Annual General Meeting will be an opportunity to hear about the important work we’ve undertaken to support the local Third Sector whilst working with key partners to empower people, inspire excellence and strengthen communities. The AGM will be held online via ZOOM on Wednesday, 4th November 2020 from 10.00am to 11.00am.
Rachel Connor, GVS’ Chief Executive Officer will be presenting GVS’ Impact Report for 2019-2020 which will include our significant response to COVID-19.
If you would like to attend the AGM please register on Eventbrite so that you get an invite link sent to you just before the Zoom event date – FOR BOOKINGS (click on the link) – Eventbrite booking form
 
If you represent more than one GVS member organisation please could you add them all in the “Company” box because you are entitled to extra votes. If you have booked a place on the AGM already please forgive me for sending you this e-mail.
 
 
OTHER NEWS
 
Zoom Essentials – how to confidently use Zoom
 
Tuesday 10th November 2020, 9.30am to 12 noon.
£40 per person. Book by searching for “Zoom essentials” within Eventbrite or by following this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zoom-essentials-how-to-confidently-use-zoom-for-participating-or-running-tickets-122959871285
 
Zoom is the video conferencing and webinar tool of choice in 2020. With ease of use and flexibility, Zoom allows you to carry out your organisation’s work online whether you need to meet, collaborate or present. This training is tailored to charities and community groups but relevant to all sectors.

This two and a half hour online course is ideal for delegates, presenters and meeting organisers who want to learn how to make the best use of Zoom’s many features.

Course outline:
 
  • Zoom overview
  • Plans, format and purpose
  • Features and benefits (with live demonstrations)
  • Optimising audio and video settings
  • Technical and hardware requirements
  • Getting started – e.g. How to join a meeting 
  • How to setup and host a meeting or webinar
  • Security and data protection
  • Zoom etiquette and best practice
  • How to deal with Zoom fatigue
  • Top Zoom tips
  • Review and questions
 
Trainer: Jonathan Pollinger has 11 years digital training experience and over 100 recommendations on LinkedIn.
A laptop or PC would be most beneficial when learning Zoom.
Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS), Tel: 01446 741706, E-mail: [email protected], Website: www.gvs.wales  Registered Charity No. 1163193

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