Business support grants: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated 15 January 2021

We administer business grants schemes relating to national and local restrictions. Businesses impacted by the restrictions may be able to apply for a grant to support them.

There is a lot of information, it can be hard to work out what grants you can apply for. We are dealing with lots of enquiries so please read carefully through the information on this page, and only contact us if you really have to.

We’ll update this webpage as we get more information, and set out this detailed and complex information as clearly as possible.

PLEASE NOTE: Eligible retail, hospitality and leisure businesses should ensure they have applied for the November National Lockdown Local Restrictions Support Grant (for Closed Businesses) Addendum. We will use this information to make payments for the January National Lockdown grants.

Overview of current grants

November National Lockdown (5 November to 1 December 2020):

Tier 2 Restrictions (2 December to 30 December 2020):

Tier 4 Restrictions (31 December to 4 January 2021):

Current National Lockdown (5 January 2021 until at least February half-term):

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (for Closed Businesses): for businesses legally forced to close during the current national lockdown. Grant Application Status: PART OF BUSINESS LOCKDOWN PAYMENT APPLICATION (see below)
  • Closed Business Lockdown Payment (CBLP): one-off grants of £4,000, £6,000 and £9,000 will be available for closed retail, hospitality and leisure businesses based on your properties rateable value. Grant Application Status: IN DEVELOPMENT
  • Additional Restrictions Grant: this discretionary scheme will relaunch in line with the national lockdown, for businesses not eligible for the above lockdown schemes. Grant Application Status: IN DEVELOPMENT

Business support grants for November National Lockdown

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for Closed Businesses) Addendum

This scheme is available for businesses legally forced to close as a result of national COVID restrictions, for the period 5 November to 1 December 2020.

To qualify, the business must have been:

  • open as usual before the November lockdown restrictions
  • providing services in person to customers from your premises
  • required to close due to restrictions imposed by Government
  • in receipt of a business rates bill for the premises before the restrictions commenced

The grant for eligible businesses is based on the rateable value for the premises and will be a single payment for the period 5 November to 1 December as follows:

  • £1,334 where the rateable value is £15,000 or less;
  • £2,000 where the rateable value is between £15,001 and £50,999;
  • £3,000 where the rateable value is £51,000 or above

Before applying, please check your eligibility by reading our Local Restrictions Support Grant (for Closed Businesses) scheme (PDF 344KB / 11 pages).

DO NOT submit another application for this scheme to receive grants for other schemes, please read all the information relating to specific grant schemes on this page for corresponding application processes.

The full application form can be completed here for the November Lockdown ONLY:

Apply for November Lockdown LRSG(for Closed Businesses)

Business support grants for Tier 2 restrictions

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for open businesses) Tier 2

For businesses severely impacted by the Tier 2 Restrictions but not legally required to close, the Local Restrictions Support Grant (for Open businesses) scheme will apply.

The grant for eligible businesses is based on the rateable value for the business premises and will be a payment for each eligible property per 14 day qualifying restriction period. South Lakeland was in Tier 2 for a 29 day period, and the scheme was superseded by the Tier 4 grant scheme on 31 December, therefore we will pay this grant as a one-off payment for a 29 day pro-rata period as follows:

  • up to £967 where the rateable value is £15,000 or less;
  • up to £1450 where the rateable value is between £15,001 and £50,999;
  • up to £2,175 where the rateable value is £51,000 or above

The eligibility criteria is outlined in the Local Restrictions Support Grant (for Open Businesses) Scheme (PDF 211KB / 5 pages). Please ensure you read this document prior to applying for this grant.

Full Government guidance for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (for Open Businesses) (PDF 269KB / 20 pages).

Apply for December LRSG(for Open Businesses) Grant

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses) Tier 2

For businesses which were legally required to close under Tier 2 Restrictions, the Local Restrictions Support Grant (for Closed Businesses) will apply. Fewer businesses were required to close under Tier 2 than under national restrictions.

The grant for eligible businesses is based on the rateable value for the business premises and will be a payment for each eligible property per 14 day qualifying restriction period. South Lakeland was in Tier 2 for a 29 day period, and the scheme was superseded by the Tier 4 grant scheme on 31 December, therefore we will pay this grant as a one-off payment for a 29 day pro-rate period as follows:

  • £1,382 where the rateable value is £15,000 or less;
  • £2,071 where the rateable value is between £15,001 and £50,999;
  • £3,107 where the rateable value is £51,000 or above

Do not apply for this scheme using the above online application form for the November Local Restrictions Support Grant (for Closed Businesses) which applies to the November National Lockdown.

Full Government guidance for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (for Closed Businesses) (PDF 329KB / 21 pages).

We are seeking to pay these grants automatically to those businesses that remained closed through Tier 2 restrictions. This will apply to pubs who couldn’t reopen due to the restrictions around food service. These businesses will be contacted directly with regards to the automated payment. If you haven't been contacted and you think you are eligible, please get in touch with us directly.

Christmas Support Payment (for Wet-led Pubs)

Eligible wet-led pubs can apply to receive a one-off payment of £1,000 where Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions are imposed in December 2020.

This grant is for the period between 2 December and 29 December 2020 only.

Eligible pubs may need to provide evidence that they derive under 50% of their income from food sales to determine that it is a wet-led pub. Accounts submitted as evidence should be dated no later than 11 March 2020.

Wet-led pubs established after 11 March 2020 and before 1 December 2020 may still be eligible for this grant, however, additional accounting evidence may need to be supplied to show that the business derives under 50% of income from food sales covering the period that they have been open. We will request this accounting information should we deem it necessary once your application has been submitted.

Full Government guidance for the Christmas Support Payment

Apply for a Christmas Support Grant

Deadline for application submissions for the Christmas Support Payment is midnight on Sunday 31 January 2021. You will not be able to submit an application after this time.

Business Support Grants for Tier 4 restrictions

Local Restrictons Support Grant (for Closed Businesses) Addendum Tier 4

When local restrictions are imposed by Government at Tier 4 and a significant number of businesses are mandated to close to manage the spread of coronavirus, then LRSG (for Open Businesses) will cease to apply, and LRSG (for Closed Businesses) will be superseded by the LRSG (for Closed Businesses) Addendum Tier 4. Businesses will not be eligible for multiple versions of the Local Restrictions Support Grant under Tier 4 restrictions.

Full list of closed and open businesses in Tier 4

Tier 4 payments will be paid on a 14-day payment cycle. Businesses that are eligible are those that have been mandated to close by the Government.

The grant for eligible businesses is based on the rateable value for the business premises and will be a payment for each eligible property per 14 day qualifying restriction period. South Lakeland was in Tier 4 for 5 days, therefore it is expected that a pro-rata payment for these 5 days will be made alongside the National Lockdown grants based on the following amounts:

  • £238 where the rateable value is £15,000 or less;
  • £357 where the rateable value is between £15,001 and £50,999;
  • £536 where the rateable value is £51,000 or above

Full Government guidance for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum Tier 4 (PDF 100KB / 5 pages).

This grant will be paid as part of the January lockdown payment, there will be no standalone application for this grant.

Business Support Grants for the current National Lockdown 5 January onwards

If you are waiting on the current National Lockdown grants, please ensure you have applied for the November Local Restricitons Support Grant (for Closed businesses), as we will use this information to make the January lockdown grant payments where possible.

Businesses legally forced to close due to the national lockdown restrictions (closed retail, leisure and hospitality businesses) that have a rateable value will be eligible for both a one-off Closed Business Lockdown Payment and a Local Restrictions Support Grant (for Closed Businesses). The majority of these businesses will be eligible for the 5 day (pro-rata) Tier 4 grant also (excluding outdoor leisure facilities). On this basis, there will be one online application form for the three aforementioned schemes to new grant applicants only, available here once finalised.

Closed Business Lockdown Payment

This grant for eligible businesses (closed retail, hospitality and leisure businesses) is based on the rateable value for the business premises and will be a one-off top up payment for each eligible property.

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under;
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000;
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

Full list of closed businesses during National Lockdown

An application will be available here to new applicants only on week commencing 18 January.

We are seeking to automate payments based on your November National Lockdown LRSG (for Closed Businesses) application, where businesses are eligible.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for Closed Businesses)

This grant for eligible businesses (closed retail, hospitality and leisure businesses) is based on the rateable value for the business premises and will be a payment for each eligible property per 14 day qualifying restriction period:

  • £667 where the rateable value is £15,000 or less;
  • £1,000 where the rateable value is between £15,001 and £50,999;
  • £1,500 where the rateable value is £51,000 or above

Government has confirmed that local authorities will receive a 6 week instalment of this grant funding initially, to correspond with the current proposed dates for the national lockdown, therefore grant payments will be made for these 6 weeks in one payment, based on the following amounts:

  • £2,001 where the rateable value is £15,000 of less;
  • £3,000 where the rateable value is between £15,001 and £50,999;
  • £4,500 where the rateable value is £51,000 or above

Any further payments of this will be subject to the 14 day Government review of the national lockdown restrictions.

This initial 6 week grant will be paid as part of the January lockdown payment, there will be no standalone application for this grant.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

Local authorities have been allocated a sum of money to support businesses who are suffering as a result of national and local restrictions and that fall outside of the main grant schemes detailed above. Local authorities have been given the discretion to develop their own grant schemes.

The first ARG grant application window ran between midday 24 November and midday 21 December 2020.

Due to the current national lockdown, we will be launching a second ARG scheme to support our business community that have not been able to access the main grant schemes available to businesses.

An application will be available here to new applicants only on week commencing 18 January.

We are seeking to automate payments for previous ARG (November/December applicants) and Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund (June applicants) recipients, where they meet the renewed eligibility criteria. This scheme excludes those who are eligible for Local Restrictions Support Grants.