Financial assistance for businesses adversely affected by COVID-19
The Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed) Scheme
The Local Restrictions Support Grants (closed) scheme covers businesses ordered to close, or substantially close, during the period of national restrictions or under Local Covid-19 alert level ‘Very High’ (Tier 3) and alert level ‘Stay at Home’ (Tier 4) restrictions.
The only period still open for applications is the period covering the National Restrictions 16th February to 31st March. Applications for prior periods are now closed.
Grant payments will to be made for any eligible business, for the period 16th February to 31st March, as follows:
- A rateable value of £15,000 or below - £2,096 per 44-day period.
- A rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 - £3,143 per 44-day period.
- A rateable value of £51,000 and above - £4,714 per 44-day period.
Applications must be received by 31st May 2021 to be eligible for this payment.
Businesses ordered to close under national restrictions are those providing services to customers from the premises (in-person) and which were trading before the restrictions:
- Non-essential retail such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods.
- Hospitality such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs.
- Leisure such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, fitness and dance studios, and sports facilities.
- Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues and soft play centres.
- Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning, nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services.
- Community centres and halls
Eligible businesses must occupy the property on which they pay business rates. Payment of these grants is to the property ratepayer.
For mixed use premises e.g. those providing an eat-in and take-away option, the closed element should represent more than 50% of the overall business to be eligible for the grant.
Business must have been trading the day before national restrictions came into force. Those that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking–off notice has been made are not eligible under this scheme.
Grant income received by the business is taxable.
This grant is subject to subsidy allowance limits (previously known as state aid). If you think that by receiving this grant your business will exceed the subsidy allowance limits you must let the Council know.
In order to confirm your eligibility for this grant and to ensure correct payment, we require some basic information about your business.
Where the Council has reason to believe that the information that has been provided is inaccurate it may withhold or recover the grant.
Any grants paid in error may be subject to clawback.