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Business support grant funding

We are administering grants on behalf of the government to support businesses.

All grant payments are up to date and new applications are processed as we receive them. Businesses receiving on-going grants have been paid through to 31 March 2021, which is the final date for these payments.

The new restart grants scheme will provide one-off lump sum grants, largely to businesses which have been legally required to close during the national lockdowns. See further down this page for details. We are required to make various pre-payment checks, which are taking some time. We hope to start paying grants automatically from mid-April to businesses that have been receiving the mandatory national lockdown grants, so please do not contact us.

The additional restrictions grant page below gives details of a range of discretionary grants available.

Any remaining applications from businesses legally required to close during the national lockdowns must be received by 31 May 2021 and will be eligible for support from 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021.

On 25 March, the government announced a new business rates relief fund for businesses affected by the pandemic outside the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors. We are waiting for further details.


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Support grants are available for businesses which are affected by local restrictions or national lockdown. Your business may be able to apply for one or more of these grants:


Support for businesses that were required to close under the national lockdown restrictions

Local restrictions support grant (closed businesses). Any remaining applications from businesses legally required to close during the national lockdowns must be received by 31 May 2021 and will be eligible for support only from 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021


Additional restrictions grant

A range of discretionary grant schemes are available

Please note that BEIS (the Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) will be given access to the relevant data in your application. BEIS will store it securely and process it for monitoring and evaluation purposes only. This includes, but is not limited to, follow up evaluation surveys relating to the business support grant schemes.

 

To support the recovery as restrictions on businesses are relaxed, a one-off 'restart grant' will be paid to non-essential retail businesses and hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses.

We are required to make various pre-payment checks, which are taking some time. We will pay businesses as soon as possible, and hope to start paying grants automatically from mid-April to businesses that have been receiving the mandatory national lockdown grants to 31 March 2021 and were still the ratepayer at 1 April 2021. We will pay equivalent discretionary grants to businesses that received the ‘open’ business grant and which have been receiving on-going discretionary grants. Please do not contact us to chase payment.

The grant amounts are:

Non-essential retail properties:

  • Rateable value of £15,000 or less: a grant of £2,667
  • Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000: a grant of £4,000
  • Rateable value of £51,000 or above: a grant of £6,000

Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym properties:

  • Rateable value of £15,000 or less: a grant of £8,000
  • Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000: a grant of £12,000
  • Rateable value of £51,000 or above: a grant of £18,000
The government has provided a detailed list of business types within each sector - view detailed list (PDF).

Once the automatic payments have been made, we will open an application process for any other eligible businesses.

Eligible businesses closed or affected by the tier 3 restrictions from 2 December 2020, and the tier 4 and national restrictions from 31 December 2020, were entitled to grants every 14 days through to 31 March 2021. The most recent payment was for the 44 days covering 16 February to 31 March 2021, as follows:

  • Rateable value of £15,000 or less: a grant of £2,096
  • Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000: a grant of £3,143
  • Rateable value of £51,000 or above: a grant of £4,714

For further information, see our open and closed business support grants policies attached below.

Any applications received from 1 April onwards are eligible for support only from 16 February 2021.  The final closing date for applications is 31 May 2021.

The one-off restart grant will be paid in April.

Rate paying businesses that are legally required to close, and which have received the lockdown grant payments to 15 February 2021, are also entitled to receive the national lump sum grants recently announced by the government. These grants have been paid. The grant amounts are:

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000.

Nightclubs and adult entertainment venues which have been closed since March 2020 were eligible for grants from 1-4 November and then every 14 days from 2 December. Payments have been made to 31 March 2021, and new applications are not being taken. The one-off restart grant will be paid in April.

For further information please see our sector business support grants policy attached below.

The one-off £1,000 Christmas grant for ‘wet-led' pubs has now closed.

Applications have now closed for businesses that were open but affected by local restrictions from 1 August to 4 November.