Coronavirus Business Support

Business Rates Grants 2020 to 2021

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

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.

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