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Local Restrictions Support and Additional Restrictions Grants

Local Restrictions Support and Additional Restrictions Grants

Support grants available

You can apply for the following grants.

Discretionary support

Grant Status
LRSG (Open) and ARG Open for application

Business rate payer support

Grant Status
LRSG (Closed) Addendum: November lockdown Open for applications
LRSG (Closed) Addendum: first January lockdown cycle Apply before 31 March 2021
LRSG (Closed) Addendum: second January lockdown cycle Apply before 31 May 2021
LRSG (Closed) Open for application
LRSG (Sector) Open for application
Christmas Support Payment Closed
Closed Business Lockdown Payment Apply before 31 March 2021

Download our Restrictions Support Grants summary table (pdf, 66KB) (opens new window)


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. 

Discretionary support: LRSG (Open) and ARG

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) and Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) are open to applications from all businesses who have been severely financially impacted by COVID-19 restrictions across Tier 2, Tier 3 and national lockdowns across all sectors including:

  • self-employed and sole traders
  • small or micro businesses

Applications received will be assessed against the eligibility criteria and grants will be awarded dependent on the size of the business or the rateable value of the business premises. 

To apply, businesses must have identification and documentation as evidence of trading such as:

  • sales invoices
  • an active lease agreement
  • a business bank account statement

This latest round covers the period from 2 December 2020 to 15 February 2021.

Businesses that received payment from the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund (LADGF) also known as the Small Business Discretionary Fund from May to August 2020 will need to apply again

Businesses who received a payment under the ARG scheme since November 2020 will automatically receive a top up, and do not need to apply again, though we may contact some for further information. 

Businesses registered for business rates that have been paid a grant for any period since 5 November 2020 when they were closed cannot receive a discretionary grant for the same period.

We are working hard to make sure all our businesses get the financial support they are entitled to during this difficult time. However, funding from the government is limited. We estimate that the volume of eligible businesses within the region could result in the grant scheme being oversubscribed. 

Apply as quickly as you can to avoid disappointment. The application window will be closed as soon as the funding has all been allocated.  

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Apply for a discretionary grant: LRSG (Open) and ARG

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

The Local Restrictions Support Grant counts towards state aid. Read the rules on State Aid guidance and Temporary Framework for State Aid for COVID-19 responses (GOV.UK).

By accepting this grant you must confirm that you are not in breach of these rules. 

Within a three year period, payments of up to and including approximately £721,000 can be provided under the de minimis rules, the equivalent of up to €800,000 of aid. 

Apply for a discretionary grant

You can currently apply for LRSG (Open) and ARG. 

Businesses that received payment from the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund (LADGF) also known as the Small Business Discretionary Fund from May to August 2020 will need to apply again.

Businesses who received a payment under the ARG scheme since November 2020 will automatically receive a top up, and do not need to apply again, though we may contact some for further information.

Apply

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

Business rate payer support

Make sure you've applied for a grant if you're registered for business rates and have been told to close at any point since the November lockdown. 

Once submitted, we’ll assess your application for all grant schemes that are relevant to you.

Do not apply again if you've already received a grant since November as you'll automatically be paid under the later schemes.

Wet-led pubs who have not yet received the additional £1,000 Christmas Support payment or been contacted by the council regarding eligibility will need to make another application.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum (November 2020 and January 2021) including Closed Business Lockdown Payment

Period covered

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum is available for the following periods:

  • 5 November to 1 December 2020 (November lockdown)
  • 5 January to 15 February 2021 (first January lockdown cycle)
  • 16 February to 31 March 2021 (second January lockdown cycle)

The application closure dates are

  • November lockdown: to be confirmed
  • 31 March 2021 for first January lockdown cycle
  • 31 May 2021 for second January lockdown cycle

When funds are available, the second payment cycle will be issued without the need for an additional application.

Get in touch if you have a query, there's no need to chase your payment as it will be paid automatically to current recipients.

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
  • car washes

The LRSG (Closed) Addendum is paid to businesses:

  • for a four week closure period following the implementation of the national lockdown restrictions in November 2020
  • for a 42 days closure period followed by 44 day closure period following the implementation of the national lockdown restrictions in January 2021
  • that were open and trading as usual from their rated premises the day before restrictions have 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 (November 2020 national lockdown restrictions)

Your property rateable value Cash grant
£15,000 or under £1,334
£15,001 up to and including £50,999 £2,000
£51,000 or above £3,000

Grants are based on the rateable value of the property on 5 November 2020. Subsequent changes to rateable value do not affect the level of grant paid.

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

The amounts include the one -off Closed Business Lockdown Payment (CBLP) for this period.

Your property rateable value Cash grant: 1st cycle Cash grant: 2nd cycle
£15,000 or under £6,001 £2,096
£15,001 up to and including £50,999 £9,000 £3,143
£51,000 or above £13,500 £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 November 2020  without being ordered to or 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

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

Period covered

The scheme is available for businesses impacted by the Tier 2 and Tier 3 Local Restrictions since 2 December 2020.

Who can apply

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

  • leisure facilities such as bowling alleys and climbing walls
  • indoor entertainment venues such as casinos, cinemas, theatres and amusement arcades
  • hospitality venues, such as restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs
  • tourism destinations such as hotels and B&Bs
  • social clubs

Payment

The LRSG (Closed) grant will be paid to businesses:

  • for every two week period they were ordered to close (or calculated pro rata where applicable) 
  • ordered to close and have a live business rates account
  • ordered to close but now operating as a click and collect, takeaway or delivery service
  • that were open and trading as usual from their rated premises before 5 November and have been ordered to close by law

How much you can receive

Your property rateable value Payment per 14 day qualifying restriction period
£15,000 or under £667
£15,001 up to and including £50,999 £1,000
£51,000 or above £1,500

Grants are based on the rateable value of the property on the date the localised restrictions came into force. Changes to the rateable value during each restriction do not affect the grant you get.

Businesses can get a grant for each property they occupy. You must apply separately for each property.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

Period covered

The grant is payable to businesses ordered to close on a national basis from 23 March 2020. The LRSG (Sector) payment is available from 1 November.

Who can apply

Businesses that are registered for business rates and have been ordered to close since 23 March 2020, such as nightclubs and dance halls.

Payment

The LRSG (Sector) grant will be:

  • paid for a two week period that a business is closed 
  • paid to certain businesses that were ordered to close as a result of the restrictions and have a live business rates account

For the period of the national lockdown, the LRSG (Closed) Addendum is paid instead.

Christmas Support Payment (CSP) for wet-led pubs

You can no longer apply for this grant.

Available to wet led pubs as a one-off grant of £1,000 for the month of December.

Wet-led pubs who have not yet received the additional £1,000 Christmas Support payment or been contacted by the council regarding eligibility will need to make another application.

Who can apply

Pubs that make less than 50% of their income from food sales and would have been trading on 30 November 2020 if there were no restrictions in place can apply.  

A business can get a grant for each property they occupy. You must apply separately for each property.

There's no definitive description of a pub in law. For the purposes of this grant, under normal circumstances (without local or national restrictions) a pub is:

  • open to the general public
  • free to enter, except for when occasional entertainment is provided, 
  • allows customers to drink alcohol or soft drinks without buying food
  • allows customers to buy drinks at a bar

Our definition of a pub 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.

Who cannot apply

You cannot get the grant if your business:

  • chose to close on or after 30 November 2020  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)
  • is in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made

Apply for LRSG (Addendum, Closed or Sector including CBLP) or CSP

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

The Local Restrictions Support Grant counts towards state aid. Read the rules on State Aid guidance and Temporary Framework for State Aid for COVID-19 responses (GOV.UK).

By accepting this grant you must confirm that you are not in breach of these rules. 

Within a three year period, payments of up to and including approximately £721,000 can be provided under the de minimis rules, the equivalent of up to €800,000 of aid. 

Apply for a grant

You can currently apply for LRSG (Addendum, Closed, Sector) and Christmas Support Payment.

Closed Business Lockdown Payment (CBLP) will be automatic if you have already applied for a grant.

You do not need to apply again if you've already received a grant since November unless you are a wet led pub. For businesses that are not pubs you'll automatically be paid under the later schemes.

Apply

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