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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.

The closing date to apply for a restart grant is 30 June 2021. See further down this page for how to make a new claim if your business is eligible but hasn’t received a grant.

The discretionary grant schemes funded by the Additional Restrictions Grant have now closed, except the scheme for certain businesses affected by the delayed easing of restrictions beyond 21 June. However, the remaining available funding is now strictly limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

In 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.


Get support now

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 to reopen

To support the recovery, a one-off 'restart grant' is available to non-essential retail businesses and hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses that were the ratepayer at 1 April 2021. Grants have been paid to all business that were receiving on-going lockdown grant payments. Further details are available below. Any new applications from eligible businesses that have not already received a restart grant must be made by 30 June 2021. Apply online using the link above.


Additional restrictions grant

A range of discretionary grant schemes are available. However, the remaining available funding is now limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis across all schemes.

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' has been paid to non-essential retail businesses and hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses that have been receiving on-going lockdown grant payments. An equivalent discretionary grant has been paid to businesses that have been receiving on-going discretionary grants.

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 eligible business types within each sector - view detailed list (PDF).

Any business which has been receiving on-going lockdown grants but which has not received the restart grant, and which was still the ratepayer at 1 April 2021, should email c19discretionarygrant@leicester.gov.uk

Any business which has not been receiving on-going lockdown grants, was the ratepayer at 1 April 2021, and is an eligible business type, as set out in the list, should complete a new application – see the 'Get support now' section and 'Support for businesses to open' link at the top of this page.

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.

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

The local restrictions support grant provided grants every 14 or 28 days during lockdown periods from 5 November 2020 to 31 March 2021 for businesses legally required to close. Lump sum grants were also payable in January 2021. There was also a grant for businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors that were allowed to remain open from August to November 2020. All of these grant schemes have now closed to new applications, the final closure date being 31 May 2021.