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Additional restrictions grant

The additional restrictions grant funding is being released in phases.

When is this funding available till?

It is available until March 2022, although the government expects councils to use most of the funds sooner rather than later. In Leicester funding is being released in phases. We expect to spend over £6m in the first phase.

Who will get the funding in phase 1?

Unfortunately, we cannot support every type of business within the available funding. In the first phase, we are spending over £6m to support locally-run public facing businesses and groups experiencing significant income loss and ongoing premises costs. We continue to update our approach as the pandemic develops and businesses raise issues with us.

Check below to see if you are eligible for funding:

Hospitality, accommodation and leisure businesses that received the grant for open businesses from August, but are not eligible for the other national lockdown grants as they are not the direct ratepayer or are not legally required to close.

Do I need to apply?

No – you will be paid automatically during lockdown periods.

 Small and micro ratepaying non-essential retail businesses that have had to close and received a grant for the November and January lockdowns. This one-off grant is intended to help these businesses manage the impact of the extended local restrictions before the national lockdown periods, in particular from August 2020 until the November lockdown. The grant is on top of the national lockdown lump sum grant mandated by the government.  Note that businesses which received the grant for open businesses from August are not also eligible for this grant. The grant amounts are:

  • £2,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £3,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £4,500 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000.

Do I need to apply?

No - because you have already received the November and January lockdown grants. Payments have started to be made in the first week of February. This grant is additional to the one-off top up grants for the current lockdown.

Small and micro essential retail businesses in the city centre and within the inner ring road that did not receive grants for open businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.

This recognises the particularly severe impact of the extended restrictions on person to person retail businesses in the central area, and that small businesses which are not legally required to close have generally received no grant support since the first scheme in March/April 2020. These businesses are allowed to remain open and trading. However, they have generally been significantly impacted due to reduced footfall in the city centre over an extended period. Businesses may be direct ratepayers or occupy a shared space. There is a dedicated scheme for market traders, please see tab below.

The grant amounts are:

  • £5,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under (including businesses in shared spaces)
  • £7,500 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £11,250 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000.

We will consider targeted support for essential small retail businesses across the wider city, which are not already receiving grants, for phase two.

Do I need to apply?

We have contacted businesses identified as potentially eligible inviting them to apply for a grant. Any business which thinks it may be eligible but has not been contacted should email c19essentialretailgrant@leicester.gov.uk

Traders who would normally regularly take stalls at the Leicester and Beaumont Leys markets run by the council are eligible for a lump sum grant of £400 per trading day, up to maximum of £2,000. Ratepaying traders in the Leicester Market food hall are eligible for a grant of £5,000, the same as other city centre small and micro essential retailers.

Eligible traders will be contacted directly so that payment can be arranged.

Places of public worship with defined and separate community facilities that have lost at least 40% of their usual income from premises hire due to the pandemic. The area must be physically separate from the space used for worship. The grant relates only to the community facilities.

Do I need to apply?

Not if you received such a grant in the summer of 2020 - you will be contacted to check continued eligibility and then paid.

If you did not receive a grant previously, please email us at c19placesofworshipgrant@leicester.gov.uk and we will be in touch.

New applicants will be asked to evidence income loss of at least 40%, which we will usually measure by comparing income between October and December 2019 with the same period in 2020.

A one-off lump sum grant of £5,000 is available.

Charities with offices and premises with relatively high fixed property costs such as rent and which have lost at least 40% of their usual income due to the pandemic.

All of the following criteria must be met:

  • Registered charity
  • If liable for business rates, in receipt of charitable rates relief
  • If not directly liable for rates, have a formal tenancy agreement in premises registered for business rates
  • Operates predominately for the benefit of local people (Leicester and Leicestershire), or linked communities
  • Must not be a place of public worship, or operating primarily for religious purposes
  • Incurring premises or other fixed non-payroll costs (e.g. rent, insurance, utilities, vehicles) of at least £2,000 per year (evidence is required)
  • Has suffered loss of income of at least 40%, which we will usually measure by comparing income between October and December 2019 with the same period in 2020 (evidence is required)
  • Is not already receiving business support grants from the council for the current lockdown

A one-off lump sum grant of £5,000 per charity is available.

Do I need to apply?

Yes – please email us at c19charities@leicester.gov.uk, providing evidence of fixed costs of at least £2,000 p.a., bank statements showing at least a 40% income loss (usually from October to December 2019 and the same period in 2020), and if applicable a tenancy agreement/lease. We will review the information and then contact you.

Non-essential retail businesses that do not pay rates directly to the council, are required by law to close and have relatively high fixed business costs such as rent.

All of the following criteria must be met:

  • Be a small or micro business, or self-employed
  • Have exclusive use of identifiable business premises into which the public could enter before lockdown (or be a longstanding kiosk in a shopping centre)
  • Have a formal tenancy agreement in premises registered for business rates
  • Legally required to close from 31 December 2020 or earlier, and be closed
  • Incurring premises or other fixed non-payroll costs (e.g. rent, insurance, utilities, vehicles) of at least £2,000 per year (evidence is required)
  • Not already eligible for or receiving business support grants from the council for the current lockdown

A one-off lump sum grant of £5,000 per business is available.

Do I need to apply?

Yes – please email us at c19sharedpremises@leicester.gov.uk, providing evidence of fixed costs of at least £2,000 p.a., and a tenancy agreement/lease.  We will review the information and then contact you.

Do I need to apply?

Yes - more information on this fund will be available soon.


Funding is also set aside to help the BID support the city centre to emerge successfully from the pandemic; to support the city’s economic recovery plan; and to fund a small number of grants under previous schemes that could not be made within the standard timescales.