Coronavirus Business Support

Business Rates Grants 2020 to 2021

Updated 18/01/2021

Covid-19 business support grant schemes guidance

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

There are now several different grants schemes and it can be confusing to know which one to apply for. As such, the council has created a single application form. This has been designed to cover all schemes without the applicant needing to understand which they may be eligible for.

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

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.

The Council may consider applications for future grants without fixed property costs; if we are able to do this, we will let you know.  If you apply now and you are not entitled, we will hold this information and contact you if your business is entitled to any future grant funding.

Eligible business types

The following types of business can apply, 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
  • Creative industries
  • Regular Southend-based market traders
  • Taxi firms
  • Event and event hire companies
  • Tourism
  • Any other business required to close on 5 November

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

Apply for a business support grant

Apply using our single business support grant form for all business support schemes.

If you run a business, our form and business rates team will automatically determine which grant you are eligible for.

We will send out communication in the future should you be eligible for any business support grants that have not yet been announced. If you would like to be added to our dedicated business mailing list, please email the Economic Development Team. Please ensure you email telling us your business name, your name and the email address you would like to be contacted on. 

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
  • VAT Registration Number
  • Date your business commenced trading at your address
  • 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

Application form

Central Government guidance deems that an application form is required to be submitted for these grants, as a State Aid Declaration is required and Bank Details must be verified. A full explanation of State Aid can be found on this page, which further outlines eligibility criteria for grant funding: Full business support grant guidance

To apply for the latest lockdown grants please complete application form linked below.

Application form for Business Grant funding


There is a separate form to apply for a Christmas Support Payment (CSP), which supports wet-led pubs that have been severely impacted over the Christmas period due to temporary local restrictions. Eligible pub owners can find the link to apply for this here: Support Payment for Wet-Led Pubs (CSP)

Full eligibility criteria can be found on the website: Check if you're eligible for the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

The closing date for submission of applications for CSP payments is 31st January 2021; new applications cannot be accepted after this date.

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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