A SECOND round of funding to help small businesses has been launched by Ryedale District Council (RDC).

A total of £500,000 discretionary funding is available to small businesses who have missed out on previous Government support to help them through Covid-19.

It is aimed at small businesses with high fixed commercial property-related costs who didn’t met the criteria of the Small Business Grant or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Scheme.

This second window for application is specifically aimed at businesses who have a rateable value or annual rental or mortgage payments of between £51,000 and £100,000.

There will be grants of up to a maximum of £10,000 and for those in exceptional circumstances, a maximum grant of £25,000. Applications close at midnight on July 19, 2020.

Cllr Keane Duncan, RDC leader, said: “There are businesses in our district in need of urgent support. They’ve exhausted all other central Government support packages, but haven’t been able to access any business grant schemes, including the first round of the Discretionary Business Grant Scheme.”

To apply, go to ryedale.gov.uk/business-support