National restrictions support grant for businesses

To support businesses during the national restrictions which began on Thursday 5 November, two new grant schemes have been introduced:

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant, which is for businesses that pay business rates and have been instructed to close by the Government.
  • Additional Restrictions Grant, which is designed to support closed non-rated businesses or businesses that are severely impacted that require support in local areas. This scheme is discretionary.

Local Restrictions Support Grant

To be eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant your business must:

  • mandated to close by law – you can see the full list of businesses told to close on the GOV.UK website
  • be liable to pay business rates for the premises your business occupies
  • not be in administration, insolvent or subject to a striking off notice
  • have been trading before Thursday 5 November
  • not exceed the state aid threshold of £800,000 over a three-year period

What you will get

Local Restrictions Support Grants will be based on the rateable value of the property as it was on Thursday 5 November. The grant will be paid for the period of Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December.

If your business is eligible and a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you will receive a one-off cash grant of £1,334.

If your business is eligible and a property with a rateable value of £15,001 to £50,999, you will receive a one-off cash grant of £2,000.

If your business is eligible and a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or more, you will receive a one-off cash grant of £3,000.

How to apply

Don’t apply if your business is not legally required to close. You may be able to get support from the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme instead (see below for more information).

You can apply for the Local Restriction Support Grant online by clicking the button below. You will need your business rates reference number to apply, which you can find on your bill.

If you have more than one business property that is liable for business rates and legally required to close, you will need to complete a separate application for each of them.

You’ll need to answer questions to verify that your business is eligible, provide some information and upload a recent bank statement.

Contact us

If you need help with your Local Restriction Support Grant application or have a general query, you can get in touch with us using the button below.

Additional Restrictions Grant

The Additional Restrictions Grant is for businesses that have been severely impacted by the national restrictions that came into force on Thursday 5 November and are not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant.

To be eligible your business must have been open as usual on the day before restrictions came into effect, has 49 employees or less and either:

  • you are not a business rates payer of the business you trade from or occupy and are required to close – this includes businesses registered for Council Tax
  • your business is not required to close but has closed due to a significant impact on trading
  • your business is continuing to operate but with significantly reduced demand due to social distancing rules

What you will get

Grants will mainly – but not exclusively – be based on the number of employees.

Businesses with 10 or less employees will get up to £1,000.

Businesses with between 11 and 49 employees will get up to £1,500.

How to apply

You can apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant online by clicking the button below.

If you have more than one business property, you will need to complete a separate application for each of them.

You’ll need to answer questions to verify that your business is eligible, provide some information and upload a recent bank statement.

How and when the grant payment will be made

We are expecting a high volume of claims for this grant. We will be clearing claims as quickly as possible in date order and aim to validate claims within 14 days of receipt of all information required.

We’ll send you an email to confirm we have received your claim and we will keep in contact with you by text message or email.

Our service partners, Liberata, will be validating your claim and evidence. The email address will be from a liberata.com email address and is safe.

Liberata may also contact you to clarify a point or to request further evidence on our behalf by telephone or email.

The grant payment is payable to the ratepayer. The payment will be paid directly into the nominated bank account and the details passed to payment processing the day after your notification of award email.

Local Restriction Grant payments is subject to tax and the State Aid thresholds.

This funding will be provided on a rolling 28-day basis for as long as national restrictions apply.

State Aid rules

You can find out about State Aid on the GOV.UK website.

As the award of relief and grants could be classed as State Aid, Local Authorities have a duty to consider and comply with European Commission State Aid legislation. Although the United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020, under the Withdrawal Agreement, State Aid continues to apply during the transition period.

Grant support after national restrictions

Once national restrictions are removed, support for businesses may be available consistent with the Local Covid Alert Level. We will publish more details when they are available.

Grant support prior to national restrictions

The government has confirmed other Local Restriction Support Grants to support businesses prior to Thursday 5 November. We will publish information on this webpage once we’ve received full guidance.