Coronavirus Business Support

Business Rates Grants 2020 to 2021

Restart Grants - April 2021

Due to Central Government requiring additional information as part of the administration of this grant an online application form will be required. 

To apply for a Restart Grant, please click this link: 

Application Form for Restart Grant

The Government announced the introduction of grant support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care, and gym businesses in England.

This support will take the form of a one-off grant funding scheme in Financial Year 2021-2022.

This scheme starts on 1st April 2021 and payments cannot be made before this date.

The Restart Grant will support businesses, by way of one-off grants:

Non-essental business premises

Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of:

  • of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667
  • over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000
  • of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000

Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care, and gym business premises

Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of:

  • of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000
  • over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000
  • of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000

This scheme is only for ratepayers of non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises and the business must still be trading on 1st April 2021. Your business will still be considered trading if it has been required to close due to government restrictions.

Businesses defined as “essential” retail premises and those outside of non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises, along with businesses not in the rating system, in administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made, are not eligible for this scheme.

The funding for this scheme will be provided in April and the Government have made it clear that Local Authorities should not begin making any payments before the 1st April 2021.

Local Restriction Support Grants

The government has announced a set of measures to provide support to businesses that experience increased costs or disruptions to their cash flow as a result of COVID-19. Information on those measures can found on the Gov.UK website: Find coronavirus financial support for your business

Please read through the information on this page, which explains what is needed before you start your application.

You only need to apply once. We will use the information you provide to issue grants as and when they become available.

There are now several different grants schemes and it can be confusing to know which one to apply for. Another application form for creative and arts businesses will be coming soon. The single form has been designed to cover all schemes without the applicant needing to understand which they may be eligible for.

The arts and creative sector has been particularly badly affected by COVID-19 and closure restrictions; this extends not only to venues but to businesses and freelancers in the sector and its supply chain. As such, an amount from the ARG grant will be allocated specifically for this sector. A separate application process will be coming for the arts and creative element of the grant – further information will follow in due course for these businesses. If you are a business in the arts and creative sector you can sign up for the Business COVID-19 recovery newsletter, which will have instructions for application once the process is ready. Please email to be added to the mailing list for this.

To apply for a Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (for businesses which are closed, or opened with restricted services) or an Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), please click this link:

Application Form for Local Restriction Grants

This link will take you to the application form which you will only need to complete once, we will let you know which grants you are entitled to or if we require further information.

Please note: there are deadlines to apply for certain grant streams. Full eligibility criteria for each grant stream can be found on a page linked below. The deadline for application for the Additional Restriction Grants was 23 March 2021 and the deadline for Local Restriction Support grants in respect of restrictions up to 15 February 2021 was 31 March 2021 and applications for these schemes are now closed. The deadline for the second payment cycle as a result of the extension to Tier 5 restrictions effective from 16 February 2021 is 31 May 2021. Full eligibility criteria for each grant stream can be found on a page linked below. 

Full eligibility criteria

Additional eligibility criteria apply for each grant scheme. If you would like full information, see our business support grant guidance for Southend-on-Sea based businesses: Full business support grant guidance

Who can apply for this funding?

To qualify for the grants currently available, your business must have fixed premises related costs.

The person who according to the billing authority’s records was the ratepayer in respect of the hereditament on the date of the first full day of local restrictions is eligible for the grant.

Businesses will need to notify their Local Authority if they no longer meet the eligibility criteria for additional grants at any point in any local restrictions period. For example, if they become insolvent.

If you do not have fixed premises, see GOV.UK's information on business support for other financial support schemes.

Eligible business types

The following types of business can apply, , please refer to criteria for each scheme for further details, whether the main part of the business has been required to close, or whether they can remain open but have been severely impacted by the restrictions.

Eligible businesses include those in the following sectors:

  • Non-essential retail
  • Leisure
  • Personal care
  • Sports facilities
  • Hospitality businesses
  • Suppliers to the retail and hospitality sectors
  • Event and event hire companies
  • Tourism

What you will need

Before starting the application process for the support grants, please ensure you have read through the eligibility criteria below and have the following information to hand:

  • Business Rates Account Number
  • Company Number
  • SIC Code (as per companies house)
  • Number of employees
  • Unique tax reference
  • National Insurance Number
  • VAT Registration Number
  • Date your business commenced trading
  • Bank details (Account name, sort code and account number)

Additional information or evidence may be required at the assessment stage.

Please ensure your supporting documents are:

  • good quality and readable
  • in a common file format, such as PDF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF
  • a maximum file size of 20MB 

Appeals and updates on the processing of grants

The Business Rates team process Business Grants. Should you need to discuss your ongoing application please either contact the team via email or telephone on 01702 215001 to discuss directly with a member of the team. Please wait ten (10) days from your application before contacting the team to enquire.

Other support available

If you are not eligible for a discretionary grant, you may be eligible for other government business support.

For further information on help available to businesses please go to Coronavirus Business Support. This page is updated as and when new information is provided.

Go to top
Feedback