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Local Restrictions Support Grant

Local Restrictions Support and Additional Restrictions grants

Types of support grants, who can get a grant and how to apply.

In response to coronavirus (COVID-19), the government announced further financial support for businesses.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant is available for businesses that are registered for business rates and are required to close because of 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

If you’re required to close but not registered for business rates, or if you can remain open but have been severely impacted by the restrictions, you can apply under the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG)

The Local Restrictions Support Grant will:

  • be issued for a four week period that a business is closed following the implementation of the restrictions
  • only be available for business closures that started on or after 5 November
  • be paid to certain businesses that have been ordered to close as a result of the restrictions and have a live business rates account
  • be paid to businesses ordered to close but have repurposed to a click and collect, takeaway or delivery service
  • be payable to certain businesses that have been open and trading as usual from their rated business premises before 5 November

How much you can receive

  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, you’ll receive a cash grant of £1,334 for each four-week period your business is closed.
  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £15,001 up to and including £50,999, you’ll receive a cash grant of £2,000 for each four-week period your business is closed.
  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you'll receive a cash grant of £3,000 for each four-week period your business is closed.

Grants will be based on the rateable value of the property on 5 November 2020. 

Changes to the rateable value during lockdown will not impact the grant you receive.

Businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each property they occupy.

Criteria

For the avoidance of doubt, businesses that were ‘open as usual’ means those that were trading, active in buying or selling goods or services in person, on the date that the local lockdown was announced.

It excludes activities undertaken for the purposes of acquiring or setting up a new business.

Who cannot apply

You cannot receive the grant if your business:

  • chose to close on or after 5 November  without being required 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)

You cannot apply if your business:

  • can continue to operate because it does not 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
  • was planning to close permanently within or prior to the lockdown period

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.

Any business found to be giving false eligibility information or seeking to gain an additional grant will be investigated.

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 LRSG

We expect to make first payments after Monday 16 November 2020.

Apply for LRSG

Bear with us while we process them as we should receive a high volume of applications. 

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

This is a regional scheme developed by the West of England Unitary Authorities (Bath & North East Somerset Council, Bristol City Council, North Somerset Council and South Gloucestershire Council). 

It currently applies for the 4-week period of restrictions from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020. 

You must apply online before midnight on 27 November 2020.

Businesses eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme cannot apply under this scheme.

Read the full policy document (pdf, 198KB) (opens new window)   and government guidance for businesses (GOV.UK).

Who can apply

To apply, you must:

  • have a business that is located within the West of England region
  • have 49 or fewer employees
  • apply to the local authority where your business is based, or if you trade from multiple locations to the local authority where you mainly trade

You can only make one application per business.

Your business must also come under one of the two categories:

  • not registered for business rates and trading as usual, providing in-person services, on 4 November 2020 and required to close under the restrictions from 5 November 2020
  • not required to close but severely impacted by restrictions from 5 November, perhaps because your customer businesses or essential suppliers are closed, whether or not you’re registered for business rates

How much you can receive

You'll receive up to £1,500 depending on the size of the business.

You can receive one grant per business, not one per business premises, within the West of England region. 
We have discretion as to the prioritisation of all applications received. It’s likely to be based on:

  • local economic need
  • the availability of funding

Who cannot apply

You cannot apply if your business:

  • has been paid or is eligible under the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme
  • is not located in the West of England region
  • has reached the state aid limit
  • is in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made
  • is permanently closed, either before or during the applicable period
  • is part of a national chain

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.

Any business found to be giving false eligibility information or seeking to gain an additional grant will be investigated.

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

State Aid

State Aid rules apply and businesses must make a declaration when applying for this scheme.

Payments of up to and including £10,000 can be provided under the De Minimis rules, meaning applicants can receive up to 200,000 euros of aid within a three year period.

More information on GOV.UK.

Apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant 

Only one application must be made per business, and this must list all business addresses. 

You’ll need to provide information including:

  • the company registered number or personal tax reference number
  • details of a photographic ID of the applicant who must have the authority to apply on behalf of the business, for example the business owner, a company director or finance director
  • declaration as to the impact of restrictions on your business, including the proportion of trade you have lost due to the current restrictions
  • details of ongoing fixed business costs
  • declaration of accuracy and consent to use the data for wider verification

Apply for ARG

Bear with us while we process them as we should receive a high volume of applications. 

Other help available

See what other help is available under Loans and Grants if you do not qualify for these grants but have been impacted by restrictions.