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Business support grant funding

The government recently announced new grants to support businesses and kickstart economic recovery. The council is administering these grants on behalf of government.

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Currently, there are two support grants available for businesses which are affected by local restrictions or national lockdown. Your business may be able to apply for one or both grants.

Support for businesses that were open but affected by local restrictions from 1 August to 4 November

Local restrictions support grant (open businesses) - for the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors, and small food/drink suppliers to those sectors. Please note that businesses that occupy retail shops are not eligible and should not apply for this grant

Businesses that are eligible for both schemes should complete both online application forms as soon as possible.

When the national lockdown ends on Wednesday 2 December, Leicester goes into Tier 3 restrictions. Businesses will continue to be eligible for ongoing support in line with government guidelines. If you have applied for one or both of the grants above, we expect to pay the new tier 3 grants during December without you having to apply again.

Please note that BEIS (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.

Upcoming grants

The following two grants will be available soon.

This grant is mainly for nightclubs and adult entertainment venues which have been closed since March. Grants are determined by the government. They are payable for 1 November – 4 November and after the ending of the national lockdown. Applications will be invited soon.

For further information please see our grant policy (PDF).

For now, these businesses should apply for the local restrictions support grant (closed businesses) for a grant to cover the national lockdown since 5 November.

Support for businesses which have been severely affected by the national and local (Tier 2) restrictions and are not eligible to claim a grant under the other available schemes.

The grant will be used to support businesses severely impacted by the restrictions. The council can determine which businesses are eligible, within rules set by the government. In Leicester, the grants are likely to be targeted at businesses that are not eligible for the other schemes, or where there is a particular need for funding over and above those schemes. It can also be used for business support schemes to help economic recovery and sustainability more generally. The government is providing us a fixed amount of money now through to March 2022. For that reason we will be releasing funding in phases.

Further details on our plans for this funding will be available in December.

Other available grants