Business support grants: Coronavirus (COVID-19) 1 April 2021 onwards

Last Updated: 3 September 2021

We are not currently administering any COVID-19 related business grants schemes, the last of these closed on 7 July.

We are now undertaking reconciliation processes for all business grants administered by SLDC on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Support provides information about what support is available to businesses.

Restart grants

The Restart Grant scheme has now closed to new applicants as of midnight on 30 June 2021.

All applications have now been dealt with, and we can no longer accept any appeals through this grant scheme as final payments had to be made by the end of July, as per Government guidance.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The Additional Restrictions Grant is a discretionary grant available to businesses with fixed costs who are excluded from the Restart Grant and meet the eligibility criteria.

Applications for Round 3 of the Additional Restrictions Grant were open for submission between midday 9 June and 5pm on 7 July 2021.

The majority of applications have now been processed and email notifications confirming grant award amounts have been sent.

Subsidy allowance information

Subsidy allowance has now replaced State Aid following the end of the transition period and the UK’s exit from the EU.

The Restart Grant and Additional Restrictions Grant schemes are covered by three subsidy allowances:

  • Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance: you’re allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of three years
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance: you’re allowed up to £1,600,000
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance: if you have reached your limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £9,000,000 provided certain conditions are met

Grants under these three allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £10,935,000 (subject to exchange rates and certain conditions being met).

Further details are available in the Subsidy Allowance overview (PDF 169KB / 4 pages). Alternatively, visit GOV.UK Complying with the UK’s International Obligations on Subsidy Control.

Similar to previous grant schemes that were subject to State Aid regulations, businesses should keep a record of all grants received to date for Subsidy Control purposes. All grants are taxable and should be classed as business income, as per the Government guidelines on all COVID-19 business grants.

To keep your records up to date of all grants schemes that we have administered since March 2020, and help you track which payments you have received through the various different grant schemes, see our COVID-19 Business Grants Overview document (PDF 133KB / 1 page).

Contacts

To report a change in your business rated property that might impact your grant eligibility or rates eligibility, please email: counciltax@southlakeland.gov.uk

To report a missing payment, a grant overpayment or a suspected fraudulent business grant claim, please email: businessgrants@southlakeland.gov.uk

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