More than £12 million in coronavirus relief grants has been paid out to Harlow businesses since the start of the pandemic.

Between April and September Harlow Council paid out a total of £12,495,400 in grants to 982 businesses eligible for support under previous schemes.

It also awarded £18,105,889.56 in business rate relief to 564 retail and nursery businesses.

New grant applications are now open to support businesses which are closed or have taken a financial hit sine the start of the second national lockdown on November 5.

More than £2.8 million of government funding is available for businesses that have been required to close due to the national restrictions or have been "severely impactedW by the national restrictions.

Grants will be based on the rateable value of the property and will be up to £3,000 per business.

Grants of £1,334 will be available for business that do not attract a rateable value.

In addition to these grants, Essex County Council has also confirmed it will allocate £2.2m of the funding it received when the county entered Tier 2 restrictions to allow local businesses to make adaptations to their premises.

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