Business support: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Find out about business support grants, general support available to businesses and advice available to businesses dealing with Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Business support grants
Last updated 23 Nov 2020
Following the second national lockdown announcement on 31 October 2020, we have now received full guidance of the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) and Additional Restrictions Grant schemes to support South Lakeland businesses through the national restrictions between 5 November and 2 December.
Which grant should businesses apply for?
Businesses who are registered for business rates (and therefore have a business rates account with us) AND are legally required to close should apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed).
Businesses not eligible for LRSG (Closed) who are severely affected by the latest restrictions should apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant.
Business premises forced to close in England will receive grants worth up to £3,000 per month under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed), otherwise known as LRSG(C). This will be administered by local authorities.
Businesses required to close in England due to national restrictions will be eligible for the following:
- for properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 per month, or £667 per two weeks
- for properties with a rateable value of between £15k to £51k grants to be £2,000 per month, or £1,000 per two weeks
- for properties with a rateable value of £51k or over grants to be £3,000 per month, or £1,500 per two weeks
Before applying, please check your eligibility by reading our Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) scheme (PDF 344KB / 11 pages).
If you have already received a small business or retail, hospitality and leisure grant earlier in the year, you may not need to reapply in full, we will send you a link to a pre-populated application to save both yours and our resource. These businesses will be emailed on 16 November, with the link alongside updated disclaimers and State Aid declarations.
If you have not received this email, did not receive a grant through a previous scheme, or your details have changed since your last application, the full application form can be completed here:
Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)
Local authorities have been allocated a sum of money to use to run a discretionary grant scheme for businesses who fall outside of the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Businesses).
Before applying, please check your eligibility by reading our Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Scheme (PDF 522KB / 8 pages).
The one-off grant awarded to eligible businesses will be dependent on either your rateable value, or the number of staff you employ. The grant amounts will mirror the amounts that are payable through the LRSG(C) scheme, up to £3,000.
Applications for the Catergories A,B,C or D through the ARG scheme should be made by the 20 December 2020.
If you meet one of the eligibility criteria (Categories A, B, C or D) set out in the above document, you can apply here:
Eligible businesses applying for the ARG will need to complete a full online application form, regardless of whether they have received a grant through a previous scheme earlier in the year.
Category E will only be considered if there are adequate remaining funds once Categories A-D have been assessed. The Catergory E scheme will be made available after the closing date of the main scheme and details will be available on our website.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will run until the end of March 2021, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked
Business rate relief
The Government has confirmed a package of financial measures to support businesses:
- 100% retail relief has been extended to all retail, hospitality and leisure properties (such as museums, theatres, gyms and hotels) for the whole of 2020/21
- financial, medical and professional services will not qualify for this relief (eg banks, building societies, cash points, bureaux de change, payday lenders, vets, dentists, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors, solicitors, accountants, insurance agents and financial advisers)
- additional relief for nurseries, 100% relief will be paid to all premises occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage and which are subject to business rates in the year 2020/21
We have applied these reliefs automatically to business rates bills for 2020/21 as businesses do not need to apply. If you think that you're entitled to one of these reliefs and have not received a revised business rates bill by 17 April 2020 please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Business support from our local partners
Our partner organisations that provide support to businesses in our district.
- Cumbria Chamber of Commerce
- Cumbria Tourism Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance and support
- Federation of Small Businesses Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice and guidance for small businesses and self employed