Local Restrictions Support Grants

Applying for the Local Restrictions Support Grants

If your business closed because of Tier 3 restrictions, you'll continue to receive payments during the national restrictions if your business is still closed.

This information is based on government guidance and may be subject to change.

Who will receive the funding

The person responsible for paying Business Rates for the premises will receive the grant.

Businesses that are not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grants

Business that are not eligible include:

  • businesses that are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services and can operate remotely
  • businesses that have chosen to close but have not been required to close
  • businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum level of State Aid permitted under the de minimis and The COVID-19 Temporary State Aid Framework
  • businesses that are in administration, are insolvent or where striking off notice has been made at the date of the local lockdown

If your business is not eligible, you may be eligible for the Discretionary Grant Schemes.

  1. Local Restrictions Support Grant for closed businesses (Tier 3)
  2. Local Restrictions Support Grant for closed businesses (national restrictions)

Local Restrictions Support Grant for closed businesses (Tier 3)

Businesses that were required to close from 22 October 2020 under local Tier 3 restrictions are eligible to receive funding until the start of national restrictions on 5 November 2020.

Businesses will receive grant funding in 2 week payment cycles starting from 22 October 2020. Businesses must be closed for the whole of the 2 week payment cycle to be eligible.

Eligible businesses

Businesses that are required to close under Tier 3 restrictions are:

  • pubs and bars that are not serving substantial meals. This means meals served at a table or counter as a main course or main midday or evening meal
  • casinos
  • bingo halls
  • betting shops
  • adult gaming centres
  • soft play centres and areas

Businesses such as sports facilities that are required to remain open for disabled sports, but would otherwise be closed, will be eligible for this funding.

How much businesses will receive

The amount businesses receive will be based on their rateable value. It is not based on eligibility for rate reliefs, for example Small Business Rate Relief.

Businesses that have a rateable value:

  • of £15,000 or less will receive £667 per 14 day restriction period

  • between £15,001 and £51,000 will receive £1,000 per 14 day restriction period

  • of £51,001 or more will receive £1,500 per 14 day restriction period

The payment that businesses will receive will be equivalent to the number of days that the business was closed.

You're responsible for letting us know if the business' circumstances change after 22 October 2020, or if the business becomes ineligible for the grant, for example if the business becomes insolvent.

Subject to State Aid limits, businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible premises.

Businesses that are not eligible

Businesses that closed after 22 October 2020 will not be eligible for this grant but will be eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant for national restrictions.

Businesses that are not eligible include:

  • businesses subject to local restrictions that are implemented for less than two weeks
  • businesses that are closed for less than two weeks

Local Restrictions Support Grant for closed businesses (national restrictions)

Businesses that were required to close from 4 November 2020 under national restrictions are eligible to receive funding until 2 December 2020.

Businesses will receive grant funding in 4 week payment cycles starting from 4 November 2020. Businesses must be closed for the whole of the 4 week payment cycle to be eligible.

Eligible businesses

You can find out if your business is eligible on GOV.UK.

How much businesses will receive

The amount businesses receive will be based on their rateable value. It is not based on eligibility for rate reliefs, for example Small Business Rate Relief.

Businesses that have a rateable value:

  • of £15,000 or less will receive £1,334 per 28 day restriction period

  • between £15,001 and £51,000 will receive £2,000 per 28 day restriction period

  • of £51,001 or more will receive £3,000 per 28 day restriction period

You're responsible for letting us know if the business' circumstances change after 4 November 2020, or if the business becomes ineligible for the grant, for example if the business becomes insolvent.

Subject to State Aid limits, businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible premises.


Tax

Grant income received by a business is taxable. Businesses will need to include the Local Restrictions Support Grant as income on their tax return.

Only businesses that make an overall profit, including grant income will be subject to tax.

Apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant

State Aid

Find information about State Aid.