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Business Support Grants - 2021 National Lockdown

We have been paying out grants to many Craven businesses affected by the 2021 National Lockdown.

Restart Grant Scheme

The new Restart Grant scheme will be available for eligible businesses from April 2021. To find out more please visit this page: Restart Business Grants - April 2021


National Lockdown - Local Restrictions Support Grants

The previous LRSG scheme closed on March 31st. Businesses who were eligible for this scheme have been paid up until March 31st.

The LRSG schemes covering the November lockdown, Tiers 2 & 3 and the January lockdown up to February 15th have now closed.

If you have not applied before, but believe you were eligible for a Local Restriction Support Grant and are in the Ratings List, then you can still apply for the second payment, which covers the period from February 16th to March 31st, using the form below. 

Please use the text box to explain what’s been happening with your business since November and we’ll assess your eligibility.

Please do not use this form to apply for grants covering the period from April 2021 onwards. 

Apply for a LOCAL RESTRICTIONS Support Grant

The Government has launched the new Restart Grant scheme for eligible businesses from April 2021. More info here: Restart Business Grants - April 2021


Local Restrictions Support Grants for February 16th - March 31st 

The second tranche of the January lockdown payment covered the 44 days from 16th February to 31st March inclusive. Where the business has already received the payment for the period from 5th January there is no need to re-apply and payment will be made on 26th February.

If the business has not already received a grant we will need an application – as before using the existing form and providing an explanation of the position from 5th Nov will allow us to assess eligibility for all grants.

Payments are as follows:

  • Rateable value up to £15000 - £2096
  • Rateable value £15001 - £50999 - £3143
  • Rateable value £51000 and above - £4714

The scheme for the period up to 15th February closed on 31st March.


Local Restrictions Support Grants are available for businesses required to close by the National Lockdown from January 5th, 2021 to March 31st, 2021.

Payments available were as follows:

LRSG (Closed Addendum) – initial payment to cover 42 days:

  • Rateable value up to £15000        £2001
  • Rateable value £15001 - £50999    £3000
  • Rateable value £51000 and above   £4500

In addition, you will receive a one-off Closed Business Lockdown Payment:

  • Rateable value up to £15000        £4000
  • Rateable value £15001 - £50999    £6000
  • Rateable value £51000 and above   £9000

 

Payments will be made together. Where we have already paid a lockdown grant for November there is no need to re-apply, but you must let us know if you are not eligible. 

Schemes closed on 31st March, all payments to be made by 30th April.


National Lockdown - Additional Restrictions Grant

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is a discretionary fund provided to Councils to allow them to support local businesses.

The current ARG scheme closed on March 31st. There is likely to be further ARG funding available for businesses which are not eligible for Restart Grants, but which are nonetheless experiencing a severe impact on their business. The Council has been instructed to wait for guidance from Government before deciding on the application process.

Please do not apply for the new grant scheme from April 2021 onwards until we have received the guidance and are aware of the eligibility criteria.

The discretionary grant (Additional Restrictions Grant - ARG) scheme was approved by the Council’s Policy Committee on 1st December.  

The scheme was available for businesses that were instructed to close but are not in the Ratings List. Examples include some B&Bs, businesses in shared spaces, market traders and businesses without premises (mobile / home-based). The awards will reflect the payments detailed in the government’s LRSG scheme. Businesses without an entry in the Ratings List can expect to be treated as if they are in the Rateable Value of £15,000 or lower group.

Market traders can only expect to receive the amount detailed above if they trade in Craven for 4 days or more per week. Payments will be made on a pro-rata basis for fewer days.

The scheme was also available for businesses that were not mandated to close but are severely impacted by the restrictions. Businesses were expected to show that they had been significantly financially impacted a result of the restrictions. For the purposes of the scheme the Council considers ‘significantly financially impacted’ to mean at least 50% reduction in income / sales compared to a similar period immediately prior to the restrictions coming into place.