Local Restrictions Support Grants and Other Business Grant Schemes

Restart Grants, Local Restrictions Support Grants and Other Business Grant Schemes 

From the 1 April 2021 the Government have introduced a number of one-off Restart Grants. The Council have followed this approach with changes made to its own Additional Restrictions Grant scheme.

Although these new grants have replaced a number of earlier grants schemes, two still remain open to new applications for periods up to 31 March 2021. Further details are set out below.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (CLOSED)

This grant scheme was introduced last year and covered the following periods and is available to those businesses who were legally required to close and occupied a property in the rating list:

  1. National Restrictions – 5 November 2020 to 1 December 2020
  2. Local Tier 2 Restricitions – 2 December 2020 to 25 December 2020
  3. Local Tier 4 Restrictions – 26 December 2020 to 4 January 2021
  4. National Restrictions ‘Cycle 1’ – 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021
  5. National Restrictions ‘Cycle 2’ – 16 February  2021 to 31 March 2021

In respect of the periods 1) to 4) above, the Government set an application deadline of 31 March 2021. Therefore, the Council can no longer accept any new applications for these periods.  

In respect of the period set out in 5) above, the Government have set an application deadline of 31 May 2021.

Guidance on the types of businesses required to close can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/closing-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england

Detailed scheme guidance can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/966852/20210304_Business_Support_Package_for_January_Lockdown_LA_guidance.pdf

Restart Grants

As highlighted above, the Government have introduced this new scheme from 1 April 2021. Similarly to the ‘Closed’ scheme above, payments under this scheme can only be made to businesses who occupy a property within the rating list and are the named business ratepayer.

The following restart grants are payable to qualifying businesses.

Business TypeRateable Value of Property £15k and underRateable Value of Property between £15k and £51kRateable Value of Property £51k and over
Non-Essential Retail£2,667£4,000£6,000
Personal Care
Gym and Sport

For further information about the types of businesses that fall within each of the categories set out in the table above along with further detailed information about this grant scheme, please follow the link below.

Restart Grant: guidance for local authorities (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Rather than run separate applications processes for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (CLOSED) and the Restart Grants, only one-application form will need to be completed.

However if you have already applied and been eligible for support under the ‘Closed’ scheme above there is no need to apply again as the Restart Grant will automatically be paid to you where the Council holds the necessary information to do so. Although only expected in limited cases, we may need to request further information from you to enable us to correctly determine your eligibility and the category of business that you fall within.

For all businesses who have previously submitted an on-line application and we have all of the information we need to automatically pay you a Restart Grant, we aim to start making these payments the week commencing 5th April.

If you are applying for the first time, a new joint application form is available below:

Closed and Restart Grant application form

For new applicants, it is worth repeating that the deadline to apply for the ‘Cycle 2’ period set out within the ‘closed’ scheme above is 31 May 2021 but if you are only applying for a Restart Grant, the Government have set an application deadline of 30 June 2021.

Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme

As mentioned above, from 1 April 2021 this scheme is now based on paying eligible businesses a one-off grant instead of ‘daily’ amounts covering periods of local or national restrictions.

However unlike the Government’s ‘closed’ scheme above, the Council will still allow applications to be made for the period from 2 December 2020 to 31 March 2021 to ensure that no one is disadvantaged if they have yet to complete the on-line form.

In accordance with the earlier phases of the scheme, grants covering any periods up to 31 March 2021 will still be based on ‘daily’ amounts.

The scheme remains open to all businesses who have not been required to close but have been impacted by COVID 19 regardless of whether or not they occupy a property on the rating list. To date we have paid grants to a range of businesses such as those below, so please apply if you have been severely impacted by the ongoing pandemic:

  • Self Employed Driving Instructors
  • Self Employed Hairdressers
  • Self Employed Fitness Instructors
  • Taxi Drivers
  • Self Employed Photographers

A summary of the amounts payable under this scheme are as follows:

Rateable Value or Size of the Business

Daily Amounts Payable for Periods between  2 December 2020 to 31 March 2021One-off Amounts Payable from 1 April 2021
Business with RV £15k or under  (or Micro Sized business if not operating from a rateable property)£33.36£3,000
Business with RV £15k or over but less than £51k (or Small Sized Business if not operating from a rateable property)£50.00£4,000
Business with RV £51k or over (or Medium Sized Business if not operating from a rateable property)£75.00£5,000

Similarly to the Government’s Restart Grants, there is no need to apply if you have already received funding under earlier phases of this scheme, as the new one-off grants will be paid automatically from 1 April 2021 where the Council already holds all of the necessary information.

If you are applying for the first time, a new application form is available below:

Additional Restrictions Grant application form

The application deadline for this scheme is 31 May 2021.

Detailed government guidance can be found at this link: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/971482/additional-restrictions-grant-la-guidance.pdf

In addition to the above schemes,  financial support under the Business Adaptions Grant Scheme is still available

This scheme is aimed at supporting small and medium hospitality enterprises (SMEs) that operate from a property within the business rating systems to adapt their premises and/or operations in order to continue to operate in a COVID-secure environment and generate income whilst legislation permits them to remain open and/or when restrictions are removed and they are able to reopen.

The criteria for this grant are being re-evaluated and so whilst TDC is still welcoming applications only from hospitality businesses and their direct suppliers for the Business Adaptations Grant, please check back soon as further sectors may become eligible.

The level of grants payable are as follows:

  • For eligible businesses to promote that their business is COVID-secure, e.g. signage or training/upskilling staff connected to their adaptions or changes will receive a grant of £500
  • For eligible businesses to make improvements, adjustments, or are expanding business premises to assist them in continuing to operate in response to COVID-secure practices and social distancing guidelines in response to the current impact of COVID-19 will receive a grant of £1,000
  • For eligible businesses for costs associated with establishing and running an online presence where the business does not currently have an online presence or enabling the business to diversify operations in order to generate new or enhance existing income streams including the purchase of equipment to enable this, e.g. exterior furniture, shelter, heating, lighting, access improvements/ amendments, internal adaptions etc will receive a grant of £1,500

Please ensure that you have read the Guidance, terms and conditions of the scheme before submitting your application.

How to apply: Application form for Business Adaptations Grant Scheme

Last updated on: 06/04/2021 - 16:35