Budding businesspeople in Lichfield and Burntwood are being invited to apply for £3,000 to help get their start-ups off the ground.

The money is being distributed by Lichfield District Council from the the Additional Restrictions Grand it received from the Government.

Those eligible for the second round of funding include those made redundant or out of work and are planning to start a new business.

The criteria has also changed, with applicants no longer required to agree to additional job creation on top of their own.

Cllr Iain Eadie, cabinet member responsible for economic development, said:

Iain Eadie

“Having had lots of enquiries about the funding, we realised we had been asking too much too soon by requiring applicants to commit to creating more jobs than their own.

“This is why we have changed the criteria to make additional job creation desired rather than essential.

“We hope this will encourage more people who have a business idea to get started and apply for a grant.”

Cllr Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council

To be considered for support, prospective applicants must first go on a start-up masterclass workshop provided by Enterprise for Success before applying.

The two-day interactive session offers advice to help create a sound business plan.

The grants, which does not need to be match-funded, can be spent on: 

  • Business equipment, excluding laptops, mobile phones and tablets
  • Marketing
  • Professional qualifications or training

The deadline for the remaining three application rounds are:

  • 27th August 2021
  • 26th November 2021
  • 28th January 2022

The scheme will run until January 2022 or when all the funding has been allocated.

For the criteria and to find out how to apply, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/startupgrants.

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