New Grants to help businesses re-open safely

East Suffolk Council is preparing to process the new one-off Restart Grants to help businesses as they look to re-open.

The Restart Grant scheme, announced as part of the Chancellor’s budget, supports businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care, accommodation and gym/sport sectors with a one-off payment to re-open safely as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

The scheme, which is available from 1 April 2021, will support eligible businesses with one-off grants between £2,667 to £18,000.

https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/news/new-grants-to-help-businesses-re-open-safely/

The Melton Trust – help for those in need

The Melton Trust was created from bequests by Richard Cook in 1539, Richard Halifax in 1699 and a gentleman named Histed (date unknown). It was established as a charity in 1897 as the Poor’s Estate Charity and funding incorporated a bequest from James Alexander Burness who also funded the Burness Rooms. It was renamed The Melton Trust in May 1991.

The Trust’s funds provide an income to be used “in relieving persons resident in the Parish of Melton who are in conditions of need hardship or distress”. The Trust is classed as a charity for “relief in need” and try to be as flexible as possible.

The kind of requests that can be supported include:

• Payment of utility bills

• Travelling expenses

• Furniture and house decoration

• Specialist equipment for the disabled

• Respite care

Each case is taken on its own merits and the Trust may fund all or part of a request. There are some restrictions:

• You must be a resident of Melton

• It cannot replace state support – all available benefits must have been claimed

• It cannot commit to ongoing support

If you would like to apply for a grant please complete the Melton Trust Application Form and return it to The Melton Trust, c/o Melton Parish Council, 17 Riduna Park. Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge, IP12 1QT