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Business grant applications open for January lockdown as applications process is simplified

The application process for all business grants via Forest of Dean District Council has now reopened with individuals encouraged to check their eligibility and apply through the Council website.


£1,000 boost to new Forest business during Covid

In November, Woodside Distillery were the first recipients of the new £1,000 Start Up Business Grant. Despite a tough year, the new business is booming and their first Gin can already be purchased in various local shops. Over 200 of their larger bottles were sold throughout the Christmas period.

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Housing Strategy agrees to prioritise the right homes for the Forest's future

Forest of Dean District Council Cabinet agrees plans to encourage affordable, environmentally friendly housing to support a growing population.

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Businesses urged to be patient as grants continue to be paid out

Businesses are being urged to be patient regarding Covid-19 grants as the Council finance team continues to assess applications against the backdrop of a rapidly changing national situation.

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Keeping it real – Christmas trees can be recycled from the kerbside

Forest of Dean residents wanting to recycle their real Christmas trees will be able to leave them out on their normal green waste collection day between Thursday 7 January to Wednesday 20 January 2021. 

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Council Leader comments on Tier 2 announcement

“The more we can minimise contact with others, even though that is going to be really hard, especially at this time of year – the sooner we will nail this wretched virus and get back everything to normal in 2021.”


Council to support local charities to ensure ‘everyone can have a proper Christmas’

Forest of Dean District Council has awarded £13,000 to local charities to help them support families in the district to have a festive meal this Christmas and to provide presents and practical support.

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Forest leads on countywide resource to support those suffering in silence

A resource to highlight and help in cases of people facing issues at home or with family while living with Dementia has been developed in the Forest via the Forest of Dean Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Group in partnership with the Forest of Dean Dementia Action Alliance.

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‘Don’t delay’ in applying for discretionary business grant

More than £640,000 has been awarded to local businesses in the Forest of Dean since a mandatory business support grant went live two weeks ago.

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‘Council Calling’ campaign successfully makes contact with thousands of ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ residents

Forest of Dean District Council has successfully completed the task of checking-in with thousands of vulnerable residents to see how they are coping during the lockdown.

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Discretionary support grant for locked-down businesses goes live from Monday

A new scheme to support local businesses affected by the national lockdown (5 Nov-2 Dec) is set to go live from 9am on Monday.

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Council focus on ‘getting money out the door’ to support local businesses

Hundreds of local businesses in the Forest of Dean that are affected by the national lockdown have applied for financial help from a government grant scheme run by the council.  Forest of Dean District Council is responsible for the delivery of the grant, assessing applications from eligible businesses.