Grants for Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus Restrictions

The Government has allocated additional funds to local authorities to enable them to provide grants to businesses that have been severely impacted by coronavirus restrictions, or have been unable to access other COVID-19 government support.

The following grant schemes are available to support businesses in England:

Additional Restrictions Grant

What funding is available?

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) provides local councils with grant funding to support businesses that are severely impacted by restrictions, and that may or may not be in the business rates system.

Local councils can determine which businesses to target and determine the amount of funding allocated from the ARG.

Eligibility

Local councils have the freedom to determine the eligibility criteria for these grants. However, we expect the funding to help businesses that are severely impacted by the restrictions.

How do I apply?

Visit your local council’s website to find out how to apply.

Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses closed due to national restrictions

What funding is available?

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Closed)) supports businesses that have been required to close due to the national restrictions:

  • from 5 January 2021 onwards
  • between 5 November and 2 December 2020.

Eligible businesses may be entitled to a cash grant from their local council for each period under national restrictions.

The grant will be based on the rateable value of the property on the first full day of restrictions.

National restrictions from 5 January 2021:

  • If your business has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £2,001 for each 42-day qualifying restrictions period.
  • If your business has a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £3,000 for each 42-day qualifying restrictions period.
  • If your business has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £4,500 for each 42-day qualifying restrictions period.

National restrictions between 5 November and 2 December 2020:

  • If your business has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £1,334 for each 28-day qualifying restrictions period.
  • If your business has a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £2,000 for each 28-day qualifying restrictions period.
  • If your business has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £3,000 for each 28-day qualifying restrictions period.

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if it:

  • Is based in England.
  • Occupies property on which it pays business rates (and is the ratepayer).
  • Has been required to close because of the national restrictions.
  • Has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises.

How do I apply?

  • Visit your local council’s website to find out how to apply.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses)

What funding is available?

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Closed)) supports businesses that have been required to close due to temporary tier 2, tier 3 and tier 4 local restrictions.

Eligible businesses are entitled to a cash grant from their local council for each 14 day period they are closed.

The grant will be based on the rateable value of the property on the first full day of restrictions.

  • If your business has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £667 for each 14 day period your business is closed.
  • If your business has a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £1,000 for each 14 day period your business is closed.
  • If your business has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £1,500 for each 14 day period your business is closed.

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if it:

  • Is based in England.
  • Occupies property on which it pays business rates (and is the ratepayer).
  • Is in an area of local Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions and has been required to close because of local restrictions that resulted in a first full day of closure on or after 9 September.
  • In an area of local Tier 4 restrictions and has been required to close because of local restrictions that resulted in a first full day of closure on or after 19 December.
  • Has been required to close for at least 14 days because of the restrictions.
  • Has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises.

How do I apply?

  • Visit your local council’s website to find out how to apply.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for open businesses)

What funding is available?

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Open)) supports businesses that have not had to close, but which have been severely impacted due to temporary local restrictions.

Eligible businesses may be entitled to a cash grant from their local council for each 14 day period under local restrictions.

The grant will be based on the rateable value of the property on the first full day of restrictions.

  • If your business has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you may be eligible for a cash grant of up to £467 for each 14 day period.
  • If your business has a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, you may be eligible for a cash grant of up to £700 for each 14 day period.
  • If your business has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you may be eligible for a cash grant of up to £1,050 for each 14 day period.

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if it:

  • Is based in England.
  • Is in an area subject to Tier 2 or Tier 3 local restrictions since 1 August 2020 and has been severely impacted because of the local restrictions.
  • Was established before the introduction of Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions.
  • Has not had to close but has been impacted by local restrictions.

How do I apply?

  • Visit your local council’s website to find out how to apply.

Restart Grant

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Eligible businesses in the non-essential retail sector may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £6,000 from their local council.

Eligible businesses in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £18,000 from their local council.

Grants are available from 1 April 2021.

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if it is:

  • Based in England.
  • Rate-paying.
  • In the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care or gym sectors.
  • Trading on 1 April 2021

How do I apply?

  • Visit your local council’s website to find out how to apply.

Find your local scheme

The London Business Hub will be providing updates about the grant schemes available in the London boroughs.

To help you identify which grants your business may be eligible for, we have created a timeline of the national and local COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place in London. Find out more. 

The table below provides information and links to each of the London borough schemes. If you unsure which borough your business is based in you can use our postcode checker here.

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