Business support grants: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated 25 February 2021

We have now received confirmation from Government that the Local Restrictions Support Grant for Closed Businesses will continue until 31 March 2021. There will be no further Additional Restrictions Grant funding for discretionary grants. Further details can be found below.

We are administering business grants to those businesses that are negatively impacted by the local and national COVID-19 restrictions. Your business may be eligible for more than one grant if you have a retail, hospitality or leisure business, please make sure you read all the information below.

We will keep this information updated based on Government announcements and new details pertaining to the business grants.

Business support grants for November and January National Lockdowns

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for Closed Businesses) LRSG(C)

This grant is available for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses legally forced to close as a result of national lockdown restrictions, for the period 5 November to 1 December 2020, and from 5 January onwards.

To qualify, the business must have been:

  • open and trading as usual before national restrictions came in to force;
  • 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

Full list of closed businesses during National Lockdown

This grant is based on the rateable value for the premises and will equate to the following amounts for every 14 day period of national restrictions:

  • £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

Businesses legally forced to close due to the national lockdown restrictions (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, you’ll only need to submit one application for the three grant amounts, which will be open to new grant applicants only.

We are using the November LRSG(C) application to pay out for the January grants at the same time, so you only need to submit one application for these grants, based on your circumstances. Please ensure you submit your application under the correct scheme. We will also use the November LRSG(C) or January LRSG(C) details to make the LRSG(C) payment for 16 February to 31 March. There will be no separate application for this.

Business eligible for both the November AND current lockdown grants can apply here:

Apply for November LRSG(C) and January Business Support Package

Business eligible for the current lockdown grants (5 Jan-15 Feb and 16 Feb-31 March) ONLY can apply here:

Apply for a January Business Support Package

Government have asked that a deadline of 31 May 2021 be applied for the January Support Package. No applications will be received after this date.

The below table gives an overview of grants relating to national restrictions only. Your rateable value (RV) will determine your grant award level and can be found on your most recent business rates (NNDR) bill. This also includes your business rates account reference number, which you’ll need to apply for these grants.

Rateable Value of business property (hereditament) LRSG(C) November Lockdown (28 day) LRSG(C) Tier 4 (5 day) Closed Business Lockdown Payment (one off)

LRSG(C)

5 Jan-15 Feb (42 day)

LRSG(C)

16 Feb-31 Mar

(44 day)*

Rateable value of £15,000 or under £1,334 £238 £4,000 £2,001 £2,096
Rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000 £2,001 £357 £6,000 £3,000 £3,143
Rateable value of over £51,000 £3,000 £536 £9,000 £4,500 £4,714

For businesses who had their November LRSG(C) and/or January LRSG(C) application granted by 1 March 2021, a new automated payment via BACS, will be made for the LRSG(C) 16 Feb-31 Mar payment, where they met the eligibility criteria. Keep an eye on your emails for more details. LRSG(C) applications received after the automated payment will have the LRSG(C) 16 Feb-31 Mar payment paid as part of their LRSG(C) grant application.

Businesses who started trading on or after the 5 January when national restrictions came in to force will not be eligible for the above business grants, 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.

Businesses should note this is a one-off grant which is in very high demand, and businesses should not be reliant or expectant of future ARG funding rounds or additional automated payments as we have been informaed by Government not to expect additional funding through ARG.

Business support grants for Tier 2 restrictions (2 December to 30 December)

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for open businesses) Tier 2

For businesses severely impacted by the Tier 2 Restrictions (Rule of 6, restricted mixing of households) but not legally required to close, the Local Restrictions Support Grant (for Open businesses) scheme will apply.

We have now extended the eligibility criteria to include independent retailers, wholesalers and suppliers, and any other business that has been severely impacted by Tier 2 restrictions. Leisure and hospitality businesses are still eligible also.

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:

  • £967 where the rateable value is £15,000 or less;
  • £1450 where the rateable value is between £15,001 and £50,999;
  • £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 180KB / 6 pages). Please ensure you read this document prior to applying for this grant.

Apply for December LRSG(for Open Businesses) Grant

Deadline for application submissions is midday 31 March 2021. You will not be able to submit an application after this time.

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.

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

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

There is no application process for this grant. We have made payments to those businesses that we are aware of that were legally forced to close under Tier 2 restrictions.

This applies to pubs and clubs who couldn’t reopen due to the restrictions around food service. If you haven't contacted us, think you are eligible and are still awaiting payment, please get in touch with us directly as soon as possible.

Deadline for contacting us is midday 31 March 2021. You will not be able to claim this grant after this time.

Christmas Support Payment (for Wet-led Pubs)

The deadline for application submissions for the Christmas Support Payment was midnight on Sunday 28 February 2021. No applications can be submitted after this time.

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