Business grants

Following the introduction of the Tier system and the subsequent national lockdown periods, the Government set up a support package for businesses. The information below is a guide to the eligibility criteria for each of the available schemes.

Overview

We appreciate there are now many schemes available which has made the process confusing. Therefore, we have produced an overview of the grants available so you can see all of the information in one place.

Further detail and links to apply are below. Read all instructions carefully before submitting your application.

Claim deadlines for business grants
Grant Claim deadline
LRSG Closed (Addendum) - Statutory Scheme

November lockdown - TBC 

Tier 4 period - TBC

Christmas Support Payment - Statutory Scheme

28 February 2021

LRSG Closed - Statutory Scheme

TBC

LRSG Open - Discretionary Scheme

TBC

LRSG Sector - Statutory Scheme

TBC

Closed Business January Lockdown Support Package - Statutory Scheme

31 March 2021

Additional Restrictions Grant - Discretionary Scheme

TBC

Application information

Important information which you must read before submitting a grant application.

Applying for different grants

Businesses must submit a separate application for each scheme and for each Tier or National lockdown period they are eligible for (one form will not cover all). For example, if you wish to apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (for Closed businesses) for the Tier 2 periods of 17 October to 4 November and 2 to 15 December, this will need two separate applications.

This is due to the way the schemes have been set up by Government and the way in which we are required to report back to Government on the applications made.

Businesses must also submit a separate application for each property they are making a claim for (one form will not cover all).

Delays in response

If you make an application but then do not hear anything, please do not submit a repeat application for the same scheme and Tier or National Lockdown period, as this will cause unnecessary additional checks that may cause a delay in processing any payments.

Application methods

Applications will be made either via our own website, or managed by our third party service provider - GrantApproval.co.uk. This will be made clear when using the links below.

If using the GrantApproval portal, you will first need to register. When making applications, you will need your Business Rates Property Reference Number. Instructions on how to find this number will be given to you during the application process. However, please note that if using the Valuation Office Agency website, it may refer to the reference you need as the 'Local Authority Reference'.

Also, if you retrieve the Property Reference Number from your bill, you should NOT include the `N` at the start, when entering this number on your application.

Problems submitting your application?

If you are having trouble submitting your application on GrantApproval, please check the frequently asked questions which may solve your problem.

Checks

All applications will receive an acknowledgement and be processed as quickly as possible which may include checks using data held on our Business Rates database and Companies House, and sharing with Government any details submitted on this application as requested by them as the source of the funding for these grant payments.

Application progress

All available resources will be used to make payments to successful applications as soon as possible and so it will not be possible to deal with individual queries regarding progress of applications. Therefore, we would politely request that you do not contact us by phone or email regarding the progress of your application.

Grants

LRSG Closed (Addendum) - Statutory Scheme

  • Restriction type: National Lockdown and Tier 4 local restrictions
  • Restriction/claim period: 5 November to 1 December 2020 (National Lockdown). 20 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 (Tier 4)
  • Eligible businesses: All businesses with a business rates liability that were mandated to close during the restriction periods - e.g. Non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure and personal care (gyms, hair, nail and beauty salons)
  • Ineligible businesses: Businesses with a business rates liability that were not mandated to close or were operating as a takeaway/click and collect service pre-COVID - e.g. supermarkets, Convenience stores, food takeaways, events sector and supply chain. Businesses without a business rates liability.
  • Grant amount:
    • Rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under - £667 per 14-day qualifying restriction period
    • Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 - £1,000 per 14-day qualifying restriction period
    • Rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above - £1,500 per 14-day qualifying restriction period
  • Claim deadline: November lockdown - TBC, Tier 4 period - TBC
  • How to claim:
    • Apply for November lockdown period 5 November to 1 December (GrantApproval.co.uk)
    • Apply for Tier 4 period from 20 December (GrantApproval.co.uk)
      • Important - You will need your Property/Local authority reference to progress your claim, this can be obtained from GOV.UK. Click Start now, enter your Postcode or Street and town, click on your business address then current valuations and note your Local authority reference. Also, if you retrieve the Property Reference Number from your bill, you should NOT include the `N` at the start, when entering this number on your application.

LRSG Closed - Statutory Scheme

  • Restriction type: Tier 2 and Tier 3 local restrictions
  • Restriction/claim period: 2 to 15 December 2020 (Tier 2), 16 to 19 December 2020 (Tier 3)
  • Eligible businesses: Hospitality type businesses with a business rates liability that were mandated to close during the restriction periods:
    • Tier 2 - Pubs not serving substantial meals only
    • Tier 3 - All Hospitality type businesses that were mandated to close
  • Ineligible businesses: Retail, Leisure, Personal Care (Gyms, Hair, Nail and Beauty salons), events sector/supply chain businesses with a business rates liability. Businesses without a Business Rates liability.
  • Grant amount:
    • Rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under - £667 per 14-day qualifying restriction period
    • Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 - £1,000 per 14-day qualifying restriction period
    • Rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above - £1,500 per 14-day qualifying restriction period
  • Claim deadline: TBC
  • How to claim: Apply for the LRSG Closed - all periods (GrantApproval.co.uk)
    • Important - You will need your Property/Local authority reference to progress your claim, this can be obtained from GOV.UK. Click Start now, enter your Postcode or Street and town, click on your business address then current valuations and note your Local authority reference. Also, if you retrieve the Property Reference Number from your bill, you should NOT include the `N` at the start, when entering this number on your application.

LRSG Open - Discretionary Scheme

  • Restriction type: Tier 2 and Tier 3 local restrictions
  • Restriction/claim period: 17 October to 4 November 2020 (Tier 2), 2 to 15 December 2020 (Tier 2), 16 to 19 December 2020 (Tier 3)
  • Eligible businesses: Hospitality, Leisure, Hotels and B&B's with a business rates liability that were not mandated to close during the restriction periods but did suffer a financial loss as a result of COVID:
    • Tier 2 - Hospitality, leisure, hotels and B&Bs
    • Tier 3 - Food takeaways/click and collect services that were operating as takeaways pre-COVID
  • Ineligible businesses: Retail, Events sector/supply chain and businesses not reliant on 'in-person' trade (E.g. solicitors, online travel agents)  with a business rates liability. Businesses without a business rates liability
  • Grant amount:
    • Rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under - £467 per 14-day qualifying restriction period
    • Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 - £700 per 14-day qualifying restriction period
    • Rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above - £1,050 per 14-day qualifying restriction period
  • Claim deadline: TBC
  • How to claim: Apply for the LRSG Open - all periods (GrantApproval.co.uk)
    • Important - You will need your Property/Local authority reference to progress your claim, this can be obtained from GOV.UK. Click Start now, enter your Postcode or Street and town, click on your business address then current valuations and note your Local authority reference. Also, if you retrieve the Property Reference Number from your bill, you should NOT include the `N` at the start, when entering this number on your application.

Additional Restrictions Grant for Businesses with a Business Premises - Discretionary Scheme

  • Restriction type: All
  • Restriction/claim period: 5 November 2020 to 15 February 2021
  • Eligible businesses: Businesses open for business on 4 November 2020 (the day before the second National Lockdown Restrictions were implemented), with fixed property costs and have been severely impacted by local/national restrictions, and have not benefitted from any previous or on-going grant schemes or business rates reliefs (with the exception of the Discretionary Business Fund Grant)
  • Ineligible businesses: Businesses that have benefitted from any previous or on-going grant schemes or business rates reliefs (with the exception of the Discretionary Business Fund Grant)
  • Grant amount:
    • Rateable value less than £15,000, or if no rateable value, fixed on-going property costs less than £7,500 - £5,000 (one off payment)
    • Rateable value of between £15,000 and £50,999 inclusive, or if no rateable value, fixed on-going property costs between £7,500 and £25,500 inclusive - £7,500 (one off payment)
    • Rateable value above £51,000, or if no rateable value, fixed on-going property costs above £25,500 - £10,000 (one off payment)
    • Businesses that received a £5,000 Discretionary Business Fund Grant between July and October 2020 - £5,000 (one off payment)
  • Claim deadline: TBC
  • How to claimApply for the Additional Restrictions Grants (GrantApproval.co.uk)

Additional Restrictions Grant for Businesses without a Business Premises - Discretionary Scheme

  • Restriction type: All
  • Restriction/claim period: 5 November to 15 February 2021
  • Eligible businesses: Businesses operating from a domestic premises, that were open for business on 4 November 2020 (the day before the second National Lockdown Restrictions were implemented), with fixed non-property-related business costs and have been severely impacted by local/national restrictions
  • Ineligible businesses: Businesses operating from a business premises. Businesses with no fixed non-property costs, or fixed non-property costs less than £2,000
  • Grant amount:
    • Fixed non-property business costs of more than £2,000 - £5,000 (one off payment)
  • Claim deadline: TBC
  • How to claimApply for the Additional Restrictions Grants (GrantApproval.co.uk)
    • Important - Once you have registered to use the Grant Approval portal you will be asked for your postcode or Property Reference Number, however this is for use with business rates properties. You should 'skip' the postcode search and select 'All Schemes' by stating that you do not have a Property Reference Number. This will enable you to view all of our schemes and you should select Additional Restrictions Grant for Businesses without a Business Premises. Do not enter PRN.

LRSG Sector - Statutory Scheme

  • Restriction type: Tier 2 and Tier 3 local restrictions effective from 1 November 2020
  • Restriction/claim period: 17 October to 4 November 2020 (Tier 2), 2 to 15 December 2020 (Tier 2), 16 to 19 December 2020 (Tier 3)
  • Eligible businesses: Businesses with a business rates liability that have been required to close due to the national restrictions introduced in March 2020, and which have not been able to re-open; specifically - Nightclubs, Dance Halls, Discotheques, Adult Entertainment Venues and Hostess Bars.
  • Ineligible businesses: Businesses not mentioned above. Businesses without a Business Rates liability.
  • Grant amount:
    • Rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under - £667 per 14-day qualifying restriction period
    • Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 - £1,000 per 14-day qualifying restriction period
    • Rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above - £1,500 per 14-day qualifying restriction period
  • Claim deadline: TBC
  • How to claim: Apply for the LRSG Sector (GrantApproval.co.uk)
    • Important - You will need your Property/Local authority reference to progress your claim, this can be obtained from GOV.UK. Click Start now, enter your Postcode or Street and town, click on your business address then current valuations and note your Local authority reference. Also, if you retrieve the Property Reference Number from your bill, you should NOT include the `N` at the start, when entering this number on your application.

Christmas Support Payment - Statutory Scheme

  • Restriction type: Tier 2 and Tier 3 local restrictions
  • Restriction/claim period: 2 to 29 December 2020
  • Eligible businesses: Pubs with a business rates liability that pre-COVID (March 2020) derived less than 50% of sales from food and were unable to open during the restriction periods. Businesses established after 11 March 2020 and before 1st December 2020 which can prove eligibility covering the period they have been open.
  • Ineligible businesses: Pubs with a business rates liability that pre-COVID (March 2020) derived more than 50% of sales from food. Businesses established after 11 March 2020 and before 1 December 2020 which cannot prove eligibility covering the period they have been open. Restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos. Businesses without a Business Rates liability.
  • Grant amount: One-off payment of £1,000
  • Claim deadline: 28 February 2021
  • How to claim: The Government imposed application deadline for this scheme has now passed; we can no longer accept any claims. Any outstanding applications will still be processed and payments made before 31 March 2021.

Closed Business January Lockdown Support Package - Statutory Scheme

  • Restriction type: National lockdown from 5 January 2021 to 31 March 2021
  • Restriction/claim period: 5 January 2021 to 31 March 2021
  • Eligible businesses: All businesses with a business rates liability that were mandated to close during the restriction periods - e.g. Non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure and personal care (gyms, hair, nail and beauty salons).
  • Ineligible businesses: Businesses with a business rates liability that were not mandated to close or were operating solely as a takeaway/click and collect service pre-COVID - e.g. supermarkets, Convenience stores, food takeaways, events sector and supply chain. Businesses without a business rates liability.
  • Grant amount:
    • Rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under - one-off payment of £6,001
    • Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 - one-off payment of £9,000
    • Rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above - one-off payment of £13,500
  • Claim deadline: 31 March 2021
  • How to claimApply for the Closed Business January Lockdown Support Package (GrantApproval.co.uk)
    • Important - You will need your Property/Local authority reference to progress your claim, this can be obtained from GOV.UK. Click Start now, enter your Postcode or Street and town, click on your business address then current valuations and note your Local authority reference. Also, if you retrieve the Property Reference Number from your bill, you should NOT include the `N` at the start, when entering this number on your application.