Coronavirus Business Support

Business Rates Grants 2020 to 2022

All COVID-19 related grant schemes have now closed. Details of the schemes that have finished can be seen below. 

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

On 21 December 2021, the Government announced further assistance for businesses in the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sectors that offer in-person services that are being affected by the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Businesses in these sectors that are eligible for a grant are those that:

  • Are liable for business rates and have premises on the Council’s rating list as at 30 December 2021
  • The premise must be occupied on 30 December 2021 (not empty)
  • The business must be trading on 30 December 2021

Businesses are only eligible where their main service falls within hospitality, leisure or accommodation. Where a business provides other services, the main service will be determined by assessing whether or not 50% of the overall income of the business falls into one of these eligible categories. Further guidance on businesses that are eligible for the grant: Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant Eligibility

For businesses that are eligible the following grant will be available per premise that they are liable for:

  • Premises with a Rateable Value(RV) of exactly £15,000 or below – one off payment of £2,667
  • Premises with a Rateable Value(RV) over £15,000 and less than £51,000 – one off payment of £4,000
  • Premises with a Rateable Value(RV) of exactly £51,000 or over – one off payment of £6,000

The closing date for applications was 12:00am 19 March 2022 and no payments can be made after 31 March 2022.

Additional Restrictions Grant Omicron

Businesses that are not currently eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant but are in the Hospitality, Leisure or Accommodation sectors or the supply chain and have been severely affected by the Omicron variant of Covid-19 are being invited to submit applications for an Additional Restrictions Grant Omicron. This includes businesses that are not liable for Business Rates.

Eligible businesses must be:

  • Currently trading
  • Trading from or in Southend
  • Not eligible for an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant
  • In the Hospitality, Leisure or Accommodation sectors or the supply chain
  • Severely impacted by the Omicron variant of Covid-19

Full eligibility criteria for this grant can be seen on this page: Additional Restrictions Grant Omicron Eligibility

The Government have provided additional funding of £294,850 specifically to be used for this grant scheme. The amount allocated to each business will be determined by the number of successful applicants. In view of this there is a fixed application period until 11 March 2022. We will then need to allow time to determine the number of successful applications and allocate the funding accordingly. No payments can be made after the scheme closes on 31 March 2022.

Additional Restrictions Grant

The Council is also now welcoming applications from businesses that were previously successful in applying for an Additional Restrictions Grant or Restart Grant in order to receive further Additional Restrictions Grant funding. This includes Taxi Drivers who currently have a valid badge issued by the Council. The amount allocated to each business will be determined by the number of successful applicants. In view of this there is a fixed application period until 11 March 2022. We will then need to allow time to determine the number of successful applications and allocate the funding accordingly. No payments can be made after the scheme closes on 31 March 2022.

Eligible businesses must be:

  • Currently trading
  • Trading from or in Southend
  • Taxi Drivers must hold a current badge with the Council
  • A business that was previously eligible for an Additional Restrictions Grant or Restart Grant

Applications for both of these grant schemes are closed as of 12:00am, 12 March 2022.

Additional Restrictions Grant – Phase 2

The application period for this grant scheme is now closed. The last date an application could be made was 10th September 2021. 

Restart Grants - April 2021

This scheme is now closed: the final date to submit an application was 30th June 2021.

Local Restriction Support Grants

This scheme is now closed with the final date to submit an application being 31st May 2021.

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

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)
  • A copy of the most recent bank statement that can be uploaded (please see below)

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.

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