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Local Restrictions Support Grants

Local Restrictions Support Grants

Support grants available

We have now completed the additional audit checks, requested by the government, and have processed the majority of automatic Restart grant payments, for those eligible.

Payments should be seen in business accounts from 27 April 2021. Remittances have been posted to the address held on the business rate record.

Where we have outstanding queries, we have emailed businesses directly.

Email business.rates@bristol.gov.uk if you have any questions on the payment you have received for the Restart grant.

Applications to the Discretionary grant are currently closed. We're working through the current applications and assessing these against the funding we have available.

We'll add further updates here. Check this page regularly as we may be able to reopen the application window for a short period if any funds remain.

You can apply for the following grants.

Business rate payer support

Grant Status
LRSG (Closed) Addendum: second cycle payment Apply before 31 May 2021
Restart grants Apply now

Discretionary support

Grant Status
LRSG (Open) and ARG Closed

Download our Restrictions Support Grants summary table (pdf, 65KB) (opens new window)


Closed grants

Grant Status
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum (November 2020) Closed 31 March 2021
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum (First January lockdown cycle 2021) including Closed Business Lockdown Payment Closed 31 March 2021
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Closed 31 March 2021
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) Closed 31 March 2021
Christmas Support Payment (CSP) for wet-led pubs Closed 28 February 2021

Other help available

See what other help is available under Loans and Grants if you don’t qualify for these schemes but have been impacted by restrictions.

Use the business support finder on GOV.UK to see what support is available for your business. 

Restart grant

Restart grants

The Restart grant aims to support businesses to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are eased across the country. 

The Restart grant replaces the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme for closed businesses on the rating list and is a one-off payment, dependent on the rateable value of your business on 1 April 2021. 

Payments are split across two strands.

Strand one: Non-essential retail premises

Rateable value of your premises Grant payment
Up to £15,000 £2,667
£15,001 to £50,999 £4,000
£51,000 and above £6,000
 

Strand two: Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises

Grants of up to £18,000 will be allocated to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises, which may open later under plans set out in the roadmap and will be more impacted by restrictions when they do reopen.

Rateable value of your premises Grant payment
Up to £15,000 £8,000
£15,001 to £50,999 £12,000
£51,000 and above £18,000

Businesses who have received a grant payment since November will automatically receive the Restart grant and do not need to apply again, though we may get in touch for further information.

If your business is split across the two strands, providing non-essential retail and another service category such as hospitality, the grant will be awarded based on which service constitutes more than 50 per of your overall business. Businesses will need to declare which is their main service. You'll be paid using information declared on your original application.

If you haven’t yet applied for a grant, apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum. Once submitted, we’ll assess your application for both grant schemes that are relevant to you.

LRSG (Closed) Addendum: second cycle payment

Period covered

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum is available for the period 16 February to 31 March 2021 (second January lockdown cycle).

The application closure dates is 31 May 2021.

Who can apply

Businesses that are registered for business rates and are ordered to close because of national restrictions in these sectors:

  • non-essential retail
  • indoor and outdoor leisure facilities
  • entertainment venues
  • personal care services
  • hospitality venues, such as restaurants, bars and pubs
  • hotels, hostels and B&Bs

The LRSG (Closed) Addendum is paid to businesses:

  • for the 44 day closure period from 16 February to 31 March 2021 (second January lockdown cycle) following the implementation of the national lockdown restrictions 
  • that were open and trading as usual from their rated premises the day before restrictions ordered them to close
  • ordered to close and that have a live business rates account at the start of each scheme
  • ordered to close but now operating as a click and collect, takeaway or delivery service

A business is entitled to receive a grant for each property they occupy and must apply separately.

How much you can receive (January 2021 national lockdown restrictions)

Your property rateable value Cash grant: 2nd cycle
£15,000 or under £2,096
£15,001 up to and including £50,999 £3,143
£51,000 or above £4,714

Grants are based on the rateable value of the property on 5 January 2021. Subsequent changes to rateable value do not affect the level of grant paid.

Who cannot apply

You cannot get the grant if your business:

  • chose to close on or after 5 January 2021  without being ordered to
  • has 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 (GOV.UK)
  • can continue to operate because it doesn't depend on providing direct in-person services from their premises and can operate their services effectively remotely, such as accountants and solicitors
  • is in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made

Apply for LRSG (Closed) Addendum or Restart grant

Tax

Grant income is taxable but only businesses making an overall profit once the grant is included will be subject to tax. 

Counter Fraud

Local authorities will not accept deliberate manipulation and will work collaboratively across the region and nationally to share intelligence and resources to detect fraud.

We'll investigate any business found to be giving false eligibility information or seeking to gain an additional grant.

The council will recover money paid in error and fraudulent claims will be prosecuted in the courts. 

State Aid (up to 3 March 2021)

When making an application for a business grant, each applicant will need to consider the implications of State aid on their business and if they are within the permitted limits. Read the information here (pdf, 142KB) (opens new window)  before making an application for any of the business grant schemes.

Subsidy Allowances (from 4 March 2021)

When making an application for a business grant, each applicant will need to consider the implications of subsidy allowances on their business and if they are within the permitted limits. Read the information here (pdf, 77KB) (opens new window) before making an application for any of the business grant schemes from 4 March 2021.

Tell us the subsidies you've already received. If you need to speak to us about this process, email business.rates@bristol.gov.uk.

Apply for a grant

You can currently apply for LRSG (Addendum) second January lockdown cycle and Restart grant. 

You'll need to tell us the individual amounts and types of aid received. If you need to add more than 3 entries for aid or assistance, you'll have to fill in this document (word doc, 15KB) (opens new window) to list all the aid received and attach it to the form.

Businesses who have received a grant payment for LSRG Closed during January to March will automatically receive a Restart grant and do not need to apply again.

Payment for the above will be automatic if you have already received an LRSG grant.

Apply

We're getting a lot of applications, bear with us while we process them.