COVID-19: Local restrictions grants
Local restrictions grants for businesses
A range of grants are available to support businesses in the borough. Before applying you must read all of the information on this page. The application button can be found at the bottom of this page, just before the 'Further grants' section.
These grants are limited by the level of funding that has been made available to us. As such, we cannot guarantee that every application will be successful and we retain the right to adjust any aspect of the scheme at any point, to ensure successful delivery.
The Business Restrictions Hardship Grant, supporting some of those businesses not covered by current live grants, is now available here.
I’ve applied for grants before - do I need to reapply?
We want to reduce the amount of applications that businesses have to submit as much as possible. In some cases we can use the information you've already shared with us to provide further grants, but some cases you will still need to apply:
- If you have already applied for the 2nd National Lockdown Grant and/or the ‘Tier 2 Impact Grant’, you do not need to reapply for subsequent Tier 3 or Tier 4 impact grants (and if you have had to close, you do not have to apply for the 3rd lockdown grant for closed businesses). These will be paid automatically.
- If you have not applied for the ‘Tier 2’ restrictions grant, or the 2nd National Lockdown Grant, you will need to apply for the Tier 3 and Tier 4 impact grants, and the 3rd Lockdown grant if you're eligible - see below.
For closed businesses
3rd National Lockdown
Period covered: 6 January onwards. This fund is for businesses that pay business rates and are required to close due to the national lockdown. Eligible businesses will receive between £6,000 and £13,500 depending on the Rateable Value of their business premises. You can easily check your rateable value on your business rates bill or here.
If you have applied for any of the tiered restrictions or business closure grants since restrictions returned in the autumn, you do not need to apply - your grant will be paid automatically. We aim to get these payments made to you before the end of January.
If you have not applied for any of these grants to date, you do need to apply, using the form and guidance below. You will need to apply by 31 March.
This 3rd Lockdown Grant is comprised of two parts: one payment for the initial 42 day period of lockdown (Local Restrictions Support Grant - 5 Jan Onwards) plus a one-off 'Closed Business Lockdown Payment':
|LRSG(Closed) 5 Jan onwards||Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment|
|Rateable Value||For 42 day period(s)||One off payment|
|Less than or equal to £15,000||£2,001||£4,000|
|Greater than £15,000 but below £51,000||£3,000||£6,000|
|£51,000 or more||£4,500||£9,000|
2nd National Lockdown Grant
Period covered: This grant is available to businesses required to close between 5 November and 2 December 2020 due to the national restrictions. This includes non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses, as set out in Government guidance. This grant also applies to those that are providing a takeaway or click and collect service if their main business is closed to normal custom.
Tier 3 and Tier 4 grants
For businesses required to close due to the Covid Tier 3 ‘Very High Alert’ (from 16 December onwards) and those required to close due to Tier 4 'Stay at Home' restrictions (from 20 December onwards). For each full 14 day period of closure, the value of these grants are:
- Rateable Value of £15,000 and below = £667
- Rateable Value above £15,000 and below £51,000 = £1000
- Rateable Value of £51,000 and above = £1500
If your main business is closed but you have adapted to provide a click and collect or take away service, you can still apply for this grant.
Applicants must have been trading on 30 November 2020.
To access the Tier 3 and Tier 4 grants, please use the application form below, which also covers the 2nd National Lockdown period.
For open businesses
Tier 2 and Tier 3 Impact Grants
Our grants will provide support for some independent businesses that have been severely impacted due to the restrictions on gatherings during this period, but are not required to close. This includes:
- Businesses in the hospitality and leisure sector that pay business rates
- Hospitality and leisure ‘supply chain’ businesses - those that are reliant on those in the hospitality and retail sector for a substantial part of their business, and also pay business rates
If you have applied for any of the tiered restrictions or business closure grants since restrictions returned in the autumn, you do not need to apply - you will receive your payment automatically.
- 17 October to 4 November 2020, when the borough was subject to tier 2 ‘Covid Alert Level: High’ restrictions.
- The period following the national lockdown, including both Tier 2 and Tier 3 periods, 3 December onwards.
The grants available are tiered based on your business rates valuation of your business property - the ‘rateable value’.
The following grant levels apply, for each full 14-day period of Tier 2 restrictions:
- All applicants in the leisure and hospitality supply chain = £467
- Rateable value of £15,000 and below = £467
- Rateable value above £15,000 and below £51,000 = £700
- Rateable value of £51,000 and above = £1050
These levels will be adjusted pro-rata for the 19 day pre-lockdown Tier 2 period, 17 Oct to 4 Nov.
Note that the grant levels above are indicative and may be subject to change depending on demand. The council retains the right to change aspects of this scheme if required.
All applicants must have been trading on 30 November 2020.
Make a grant application
Applicants will have to make a declaration on the level of impact the restrictions have made on their business for the period the grants cover. Applicants will also need to upload a current bank statement during the application process. It will help to have this ready before you start your application.
Applications will be assessed on receipt and payment made once relevant checks have been made on the information you’ve provided, and eligibility confirmed. Your payment may be delayed if you miss out any of the information required or provide inaccurate information.
Broadly speaking, 'Leisure and hospitality sector' means:
- Restaurants, cafés, bars or pubs
- Cinemas or live music venues
- Assembly or leisure properties - for example, a bingo hall, a sports club, a gym or spa
- Hospitality property - for example, a hotel, a guest house or self-catering accommodation
These businesses should select the ‘National Lockdown support’ box when completing the application form. For any of those in their supply chain, they should select the box referring to ‘supply chain’.
For the Tier 2 and Tier 3 Impact Grants, broadly speaking 'Independent 'means:
- Must not be a public limited company
- Must be below 250 employees across all branches
- Must not be a national chain, or a more local chain with more than 5 properties. If applying for multiple properties, 1 grant is available per property that is within borough, up to 3 grants, each assessed independently. We may apply discretion with regards to local chains
- Can be under private, cooperative or community ownership
All applicants must provide accurate and truthful information. Any attempt to intentionally access grants that you are not eligible for will constitute fraud. All applications will be subject to validation checks to ensure eligibility.
- Further grants covering more businesses will be announced soon and made available in early January. To hear more sign up for the business e-newsletter
- Nightclubs: The government has provided funds that apply to nightclubs only. We are contacting eligible businesses directly about these grants.
Christmas Support Payment for ‘wet-led’ pubs:
A one-off grant of £1000 for pubs that derive less than 50% of their income from selling food. Eligible applicants will be contacted by the council and encouraged to apply - you will not be asked for any of your bank details over the phone and you should apply only through the council's website.
For the purposes of this grant, pubs should under normal circumstances (without local or national restrictions) be described as: open to the general public, allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided, allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed and permit drinks to be purchased at a bar.
This grant includes social clubs if they meet the description above, but excludes restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos.
Applicants must have been trading on 30 November and will have to provide accounts that demonstrate the proportion of income derived from food. This grant can be claimed in addition to other grants the applicant is eligible for.
This scheme will close on 29 December 2020 and applications must be received by Local Authorities by 31 January 2021.