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Business Support Grant - November 2020 lockdown

As part of the ongoing support being provided to local businesses the Government set up a grant scheme for businesses affected by the national lockdown in November.

There were a number of grants available for businesses affected by the November 2020 national lockdown.

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


Business Support Grants for November 2020

We accepted applications for:

  • Main Scheme: Those who were eligible for the Main Scheme during the November lockdown
  • Additional Restrictions Grants: Those who were closed during the November lockdown, but are not in the Rating List.
  • Additional Restrictions Grants: for businesses who were not ordered to close, but were affected by the November lockdown.

The Main Scheme (Local Restrictions Support Grant)

This grant is for businesses that: 

  • provided services, in person, to customers from their premises, 
  • were open as usual before the November lockdown rules came into effect, and
  • were required to close for two weeks or more because of the new rules. 

You will need:

  • Your most recent bank statement for the business
  • If different from the business account, a bank statement for the account you have requested any grant award is to be paid into

Please do not use the form on this page to apply for Tier 3 or National Lockdown (January 2021) grants as we cannot currently accept these applications.

This grant is for businesses that pay business rates (or would do if they didn’t receive relief) and need to close because of the new rules imposed by either a national lockdown or as a result of Tier 3 restrictions. The payments are fixed amounts, and will usually be payable at the end of each 2-week period of restriction. Businesses must be closed for the full 14-day payment cycle to be eligible. If a business is open and then decides to close during a payment cycle, they will only become eligible for a grant when they enter the next 14-day payment cycle.

The November lockdown was for a fixed 4-week period so there will be one payment made to businesses covering 5th November to 2nd December.

Payments are based on the rateable value in the Rating List at the start date of the restrictions: 

Rateable Value

5th Nov-2nd Dec

2 weekly amount

rateable value of £15,000 or under

£1,334

£667

rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000

£2,000

£1,000

rateable value of £51,000 or above

£3,000

£1,500

Payments will NOT be made where the business is not in the List, or already referred to the Valuation Office, at the start of the 2-week period (or 5th November for the November lockdown).

The business types that are required to close will be published by the government. Businesses required to close but which are offering takeaway, delivery or click & collect can still receive a grant.

Businesses that have chosen to close, but not been required to, will not be eligible for this grant (but may be eligible for a discretionary grant).

Businesses that can continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. on-line retailers, accountants, solicitors) will not be eligible for a grant.

Please note:

  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under either scheme.
  • Grant income received by a business is taxable and will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.
  • State Aid rules apply.

Additional Restrictions Grant

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

The scheme is intended to cover the whole period up to March 2022. This means that the scheme is likely to evolve over time, and will be delivered in phases. The scheme was approved by the Council’s Policy Committee on 1st December.  

For the November national lockdown period, we took applications from businesses that were instructed to close during the November restrictions, but were not in the Rating List. We also took applications from businesses that were not mandated to close but were severely impacted by the restrictions in November. The ARG allows for awards to be made to these businesses but please note – the scheme was only effective from 5th November. The awards for the November restrictions will be for a 4-week block (5th Nov to 1st Dec).

Businesses were expected to show that they have 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.

Maximum awards are as follows:

  • Rateable value up to 15000               £934
  • Rateable value 15001 - 51000            £1400
  • Rateable value over 51000                £2100

Businesses not in the Rating List will be awarded a maximum of £934

The ARG scheme closed on 31 December 2020.