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Coronavirus business grants

There are a number of different business grants available to support businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants available depend on the restrictions in place and the type of business. 

What you need to do

Follow the guidance and eligibility criteria on this page to see what business grant support you are entitled to.

You will not need to reapply if you:

  • have made a previous successful application from November 2020, we will email you to discuss what other grants you may be eligible for. You should receive an email by the 22 January 2021
  • applied for a grant during or after November 2020 but have not yet been successful, we will contact you to discuss your application.

You will need to apply for a grant if you:

  • have not received, or applied for, a grant during or after November,
  • were unsuccessful in your previous application

How to apply for a business grant

The application forms are for all business grants, administered by local authorities, that are available due to coronavirus restrictions in place since early November 2020. There are two forms, one for businesses which have been closed and one for businesses severely affected. There are two application forms but you only need to complete one. Use the form appropriate for your business.

We will confirm receipt of your application by email. We understand the urgency and importance of these grants. We are expecting a high level of demand and will process the grants as fast as we can. We let you know the outcome by email. 

Applicants should fill in the relevant form as soon as you can. Make sure that you submit all the information requested, incomplete applications can experience significant delays. Once you have made an application check your emails and respond to any requests for further information as quickly as possible.

Rate paying businesses closed by national restrictions

Use this form if you meet these three criteria:

  1. You were mandated to close by national restrictions. This applies to hospitality, leisure and sports facilities, non-essential retail, accommodation, entertainment venues and personal care facilities. This includes businesses that have had to close the main part of their business but have adapted their business model to provide a reduced service e.g. takeaway or click and collect. A full list of businesses which had to close is on the GOV.UK website
  2. You are liable to pay Business Rates, even if your bill for this year is £0 due to reliefs or exemptions
  3. You were operating a business that was open as usual and providing an in person service to customers from the business premises on the day before national restrictions coming in

You are not eligible if any of the following apply and you:

  • do not have a business rates account
  • are not required to close by law during national lockdown periods
  • have a business that mainly provided takeaway or click and collect services before government restrictions came in
  • have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of state aid permitted under the De Minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid framework
Grant for closed rate paying businesses

Businesses severely impacted by national restrictions

You should apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant if you:

  • were trading on the day before restrictions coming in on 5 January 2021
  • have been instructed to close by national restrictions and are not liable to pay business rates
  • have been severely financially impacted by national or local restrictions, regardless of whether you are liable to pay business rates or have high fixed property costs and fall into one of the eligible business categories

Eligible business categories are:

  • regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rate assessment
  • Bed and Breakfast establishments which pay council tax instead of business rates
  • charity properties who do not have their own business rate assessment
  • businesses that supply goods or services to the retail, hospitality, leisure and events sector who do or do not have their own business rate assessment, or where permitted to continue to trade the business has been severely impacted by the closure of the retail, hospitality, leisure and event sectors, these will include those businesses with or without a business rate assessment
  • travel companies or those transport providers who have been severely impacted by restrictions
  • small businesses in shared office or other flexible workspaces who do not have their own business rate assessment and have been severely impacted
  • those working from home who are not eligible for the self-employed income support scheme (SEISS), or coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS) and have high fixed business costs such as rent, lease, hire purchase costs or franchise payments or other costs that would not be saved by not trading

You are not eligible if you:

  • able to continue to trade because the business can operate its services effectively in a remote way, for example, accountants and solicitors
  • have chosen to close but were are not required to do so
  • have not been severely financially impacted as a result of the current restrictions
  • were instructed to close during national restrictions and you are liable to pay business rates. If this is the case you should apply using the closed businesses application form
  • have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of state aid permitted under the De Minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid framework
Apply for the additional restrictions grant

Grant amounts

Local restrictions support grants (LRSG) and the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) are calculated per 14 day qualifying period and so the amount depends on how long the restrictions are in effect.

 Rateable value

LRSG (Open)

One off lockdown payment for closed businesses

All other schemes

Exactly £15,000 or below

£467

£4000

£667

£15,001 to £50,999

£700

£6000

£1,000

Exactly £51,000 or above

£1,050

£9000

£1,500


There was also a Christmas Support Payment (CSP) for Wet-led Pubs of £1,000.

Types of grant

The table shows the different types of grant and period they covered. You can apply retrospectively.

Grant type

1 Nov to 4 Nov 2020

5 Nov to 2 Dec 2020 National restrictions

3 Dec to 26 Dec 2020 Tier 2

26 to 30 Dec Tier 3

31 Dec 2020 to 4 Jan 2021 Tier 4

5 Jan to 15 Feb 2021 National restrictions

LRSG (Sector)

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

LRSG (Closed) Addendum

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

ARG

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

LRSG (Closed)

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

LRSG (Open)

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

One off (Closed) Lockdown payment

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Christmas Support Payment for Wet-led Pubs

No

No

Yes

No

No

No