Grant portal opens for business top up payments – Murphy

Finance Minister, Conor Murphy is encouraging businesses eligible for the £5,000 and £10,000 top up grant schemes being administered by Land & Property Services to go online and apply.

Thursday, 1st July 2021, 1:00 pm

The top up payments are for businesses which received either the £10,000 Small Business Support Grant or the £25,000 Retail, Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure Grant last year, but which did not receive any funding during the most recent restrictions.

While most businesses received their top up payments automatically last month, some businesses need to apply for the top up grant. These include businesses that operate from premises where the landlord pays the rates, businesses that have relocated since they were paid the original grant and new businesses which started trading after May last year.

Encouraging businesses to apply, Finance Minister Conor Murphy said: “Over £70 million has so far issued in automatic top up payments to more than 13,000 businesses. While these businesses remained opened their footfall and trade was impacted by restrictions and so I was keen to ensure they received support.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Finance Minister Conor Murphy
Finance Minister Conor Murphy

“From today businesses which did not receive an automatic payment can apply for a top up grant payment.”

The Minister added: “I have been determined to ensure support reaches as many businesses as possible. Businesses which started trading after the Small Business Support Grant and the Retail, Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure Grant were issued last year will now be able to apply for the top up grant.

“I would encourage businesses to go online, check the eligibility criteria and to apply if they’re eligible.”

The online portal will close at 23:59 on July 28.

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper whenever you are able to do so.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper when you can safely.

You can also enjoy unlimited access to the best news from across Northern Ireland and the UK by subscribing to newsletter.co.uk

With a digital subscription, you can read more than five articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit https://www.newsletter.co.uk/subscriptions now to sign up.

Thank you