£16million has been paid in grants to businesses in Sefton during the coronavirus outbreak.
More than £4million of that has been paid today, with Sefton Council receiving over 3,000 applications from firms in places including Southport, Formby, Bootle, Crosby and Maghull.
A Sefton Council spokesman said: “The system to process applications for the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund was put into place as a matter of urgency.
“To date we have received over 3,000 applications for grants, with the total running of grants being processed being over £16 million, with over £4 million being paid today.
“Applications can still be made and the link to do this directly online is http://forms.sefton.go.uk/Covid19businessform/
“We will be seeking to clarify information on a number of online forms submitted. Staff may call you with questions but they will not ask you to provide any financial or personal information over the telephone. They will only advise you of the clarification needed and how to provide it. Only provide information either via the Councils website or to a secure Sefton Council e-mail address.”
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For more information on business support at this time, please visit www.investsefton.com