Coronavirus Business Support

Business Rates Grants 2020 to 2021

Updated 3/3/2021

The government recently announced an extension to the Tier 5 lockdown grant scheme with funding allocations due to be received by the council before 5 March 2021. Please note: for those that have already received a Tier 5 lockdown grant for the period 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021 there is no requirement to submit a new application; a payment will automatically be processed. As with previous grants paid, a confirmatory email will be issued to your chosen email address to verify when the payment has been processed. The council are aiming to process this secondary payment for all Tier 5 grants for those approved prior to 1 March 2021 by Friday 12 March 2021.

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. This portion of the grant allocation will be administered by the Economic Development Team. If you are a business in the arts and creative sector you can sign up for the team’s Business COVID-19 recovery newsletter, which will have instructions for application once the process is ready. Please email the team 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

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 has been extended to 23 March 2021 and the deadline for the Tier 5 LRSG first payment cycle is 31 March. The deadline for the second payment cycle is 31 May 2021. If you think you qualify for either of these grants, please make sure you apply before these dates.

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.

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:

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 

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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