Business support grants: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated 1 April 2021

This page relates specifically to the Local Restrictions Support Grants between 5 November 2020 and 31 March 2021. Information is also available regarding the Restart Grants (1 April 2021 onwards).

All Local Restrictions Support Grants are now closed to new applications as of midnight on 31 March 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: Our last BACS run before the Easter bank holiday weekend is 29 March, and our next BACS run will be on the 7 April. There may be a short delay to grant applications being processed for payment over this time.

Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG)

Businesses awaiting an outcome of their LRSG application submitted before the 31 March deadline, please allow us some time to work through these as we have had an increase in applications in the run up to the deadline. This alongside the Easter bank holiday will mean there is a delay with payments over the next couple of weeks. All payments for outstanding applications will be made before 30 April 2021. Please bear with us at this time as we work through all applications as quickly as we can.

All Local Restrictions Support Grants have now closed to new applications as of midnight on 31 March 2021. No new applications can be made after this point. This includes the following schemes which are all closed:

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: for businesses legally forced to close during the November national lockdown
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed): for businesses legally forced to remain close during the December Tier 2 restrictions
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open): for businesses severely impacted by the December Tier 2 restrictions
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum 5 Jan to 15 Feb: available to businesses legally forced to close during the January national lockdown
  • Closed Business Lockdown Payment: one-off payment for businesses eligible for the LRSG(C) 5 Jan payment
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum Tier 4: for businesses legally forced to close during the Tier 4 restrictions

COVID-19 Business Grants Overview document (PDF 86KB / 1 page) outlines grants administered to date by South Lakeland.

We are able to make payments to businesses eligible for the second LRSG(C) Addendum 16 Feb to 31 Mar payment up until 31 May 2021. Businesses should contact us at businessgrants@southlakeland.gov.uk with their business rates account number and property address if they think they may be eligible for this payment and have yet to receive it.

Businesses who started trading on or after the 5 January when national restrictions came in to force will not be eligible for this payment as per Government guidance.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

Local authorities have been allocated a sum of money to support businesses with fixed, overhead costs who are suffering as a result of national restrictions and that fall outside of the main grant schemes detailed above

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

Automated payments were made on 27 January 2021 to previous discretionary grant scheme recipients (ARG1 in November/December 2020 or Local Authority Discretionary Business Grant Fund in June 2020), where they meet the renewed eligibility criteria.

The second ARG grant application window ran between midday 22 January and midday 26 February 2021. It is unlikely that we will have enough ARG funding remaining to run a third application window open to all businesses. We are dealing with outstanding round two ARG applications at present.

Businesses should note this is a one-off grant which is in very high demand, and should not be reliant or expectant of future ARG funding rounds or additional automated payments. Government have confirmed a future ARG top up amount subject to our current allocations being granted in its entirety, but we are expecting a much smaller allocation if we receive this top up. We will keep this information updated once this top up ARG funding is confirmed.

Contacts:

To report a change in your business rated property that might impact your grant 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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