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

Last updated 24 March 2021

This page relates specifically to business Restart Grants from the 1 April 2021 onwards.

Information about business grants up until 31 March 2021 is available: Local Restrictions Support Grants.

Please do not contact us directly about this grant scheme, we are busy working to get this application process launched as soon as possible, whilst managing the other grants schemes that are still running.

Business support grants for 1 April 2021 onwards

Restart grants

The Restart Grant was announced in the 2021 Budget. It is a one-off business grant available to non-essential retail businesses (Strand One), and hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym or sport business premises (Strand Two).

Check the Restart Grants eligibility document (PDF 159KB / 4 pages)

The Restart Grant scheme is for businesses in the business ratings list only.

The one-off grant amounts that will be payable are as follows:

Rateable value One-off amount for non-essential retail premises (Strand One) One-off amount for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises (Strand Two)
Rateable value of exactly £15,000 or below £2,667 £8,000
Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 £4,000 £12,000
Rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over £6,000 £18,000

Businesses will be eligible for this support from 1 April 2021. Subject to subsidy allowance conditions (previously referred to as State Aid), businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible hereditament. Some businesses may receive more than one grant where they have more than one eligible hereditament.

Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding. Please see further detail regarding subsidy allowances below.

Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Next steps

Due to the significant changes in the new Restart Grant guidance provided to us by Government, it is necessary for us to run a new online grant application process for the Restart Grant scheme.

The online application form will be available on our website week commencing 19 April.

Government have indicated that Local Authorities would not receive the grant payments until mid-April, therefore unfortunately we are not able to make payments before this time.

To speed up the Restart Grant process, we are looking to launch the online application process as soon as possible, so as not to delay grant payments. This way, as soon as we receive the funding from Government, we can start to make payments.

Subsidy allowance

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 scheme is 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 3 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, you’ll need to tell us how much government funding (subsidy allowance) you have received over the past three financial years through the Restart Grant online application form (when available). Including any business grants paid out from SLDC over the past 12 months. To help you with this, see our COVID-19 Business Grants Overview document (PDF 86KB / 1 page).


To report a change in your business rated property that might impact your grant eligibility, please email:

To report a missing payment, a grant overpayment or a suspected fraudulent business grant claim, please email:

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