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Friday 22 May, 2020

Neighbouring village bands Woodfalls Band and Downton Band expressed their gratitude to Wiltshire Council after receiving a major financial boost.

The two bands, which rehearse a few miles from each other, successfully applied for the Small Business Grant Fund from the local authority, each receiving £10,000 to help with running costs.

The grant was designed to offer small business a helping hand during the COVID-19 pandemic. To qualify a business or charity needs to own or rent a property and qualify for business rate relief (meaning a band’s business tax bill is reduced, often to a zero rate).

Paul Williams, music director of Downton Band and a percussionist with Woodfalls Band, applied for the funding. He said: “To apply for the grant took less than five minutes. I feel it's important that every band which qualifies applies as this extra funding could mean the difference between bands surviving or going under during this difficult time. I would also like to thank the staff at Wiltshire Council who are obviously working hard through this tough time to process applications so quickly.”

The Small Business Grant Fund is available for bands in England but Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are running similar schemes. To apply, go to the relevant council website and search for Small Business Grant Fund.