Coronavirus: Business Rates Relief and Grants

The following grant schemes are designed to support businesses through the periods of regional restrictions (from 2 Dec 2020 onwards) and national restriction (5 January onwards). You may also be eligible for rates relief, see the bottom of this page for more information.

All grants are distributed by local authorities, you can find more information on how to apply via your own local authority from the list below:

Schemes that apply during national restrictions:

New Government guidance is now available on two coronavirus funding schemes for businesses in England - the Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG (Closed) Addendum) and the Closed Business Lockdown Payment.

Tourism and hospitality venues in England that have been required to close, as well as businesses that operate primarily as an in-person venue, but which have been forced to close those services and provide a takeaway-only service instead may be eligible for one or both of these grants. Eligible businesses must occupy property on which they pay business rates and are the ratepayer.

Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP)

For those required to close due to the national restrictions beginning 5 January 2021, the Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP) supports eligible businesses based on the rateable value of the property on the first full day of restrictions.

  • Businesses with a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, may be eligible for a one-off cash grant of £4,000.
  • Business with a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, may be eligible for a one-off cash grant of £6,000.
  • Business with a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you may be eligible for a one-off cash grant of £9,000.

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Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Closed) Addendum)
The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Closed) Addendum) supports businesses in England that have been required to close due to the national restrictions between 5 November and 2 December 2020 and from 5th January. Businesses that were open as usual, but then required to close due to national restrictions imposed by government (for each period) may be eligible for the LRSG (Closed) Addendum schemes Eligible businesses may be entitled to a cash grant from their local council based on the rateable value of the premises. This fund was originally introduced to support businesses that were required to close in Tier 3 Very High areas and but was extended to businesses that are not able to open during the national lockdown via an Addendum that was published on 3 November
Businesses required to close in England due to local or national restrictions will be eligible for the following:

For national restrictions from 5 January 2021

  • Businesses with a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £2,001 for each 42-day qualifying restrictions period.
  • Businesses with a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £3,000 for each 42-day qualifying restrictions period.
  • Businesses with a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £4,500 for each 42-day qualifying restrictions period.

For national restrictions between 5 November and 2 December 2020

    • Businesses with a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, may be eligible for a cash grant of £1,334 for each 28-day qualifying restrictions period.
    • Businesses a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, may be eligible for a cash grant of £2,000 for each 28-day qualifying restrictions period.
    • Businesses with a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, may be eligible for a cash grant of £3,000 for each 28-day qualifying restrictions period.

Eligibility
Your business may be eligible if it:

  • is based in England
  • occupies property on which it pays business rates (and is the ratepayer)
  • has been required to close because of the national restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020
  • has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant.
  • Accommodation businesses are able to claim the Closed Grant even if they provide accommodation for people who are exempt from the restrictions unless providing accommodation to people with these exemptions is they primary offering
  • If a business chooses to operate as a takeaway, click and collect or online with delivery services they will be counted as closed because their substantive business has to close.

HOW TO ACCESS THE GRANT?

  • If your business is eligible, you will receive funding from the Local Authority to whom you pay business rates.
  • Local Authorities will need to provide grant funding to businesses in 14-day tranches
  • It is expected that Local Authorities will provide local businesses with grant funding within 28 days of being eligible for each payment cycle.
  • The grant will be paid to the ratepayer according to the billing authority’s records.

GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES: Check if your business is eligible for a coronavirus grant due to national restrictions (for closed businesses) CLICK HERE>>>

GUIDANCE FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES: Local restrictions support grants (closed) addendum CLICK HERE>>>

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Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)
To supports businesses that are not covered by other grant schemes or where additional funding is needed, this scheme provides local councils with grant funding to support closed businesses that do not directly pay business rates as well as businesses that do not have to close but which are impacted. In addition, larger grants can be given than those made through Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) .

Eligibility
Local councils have the freedom to determine the eligibility criteria for these grants. However, the funding is expected to help those businesses which – while not legally forced to close – are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions.

This could include:

  • businesses which supply the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors
  • businesses in the events sector
  • business required to close but which do not pay business rates

GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES: Check if you are eligible for the coronavirus Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) CLICK HERE>>>

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Schemes that apply based on the regional tier system:

Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) 
Businesses in England that were open as usual and were then required to close due to local restrictions (local COVID alert level: Very High) may be eligible for the local restrictions support grant. Eligible businesses are entitled to a cash grant from their local council for each 14-day period they are closed.

Eligibility
Your business may be eligible if it:

  • is based in England
  • occupies property on which it pays business rates (and is the ratepayer)
  • is in an area of local restrictions and has been required to close because of local restrictions that resulted in a first full day of closure on or after 9 September
  • has been required to close for at least 14 days because of the restrictions
  • has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises
  • Accommodation businesses are able to claim the Closed Grant even if they provide accommodation for people who are exempt from the restrictions unless providing accommodation to people with these exemptions is they primary offering
  • If a business chooses to operate as a takeaway, click and collect or online with delivery services they will be counted as closed because their substantive business has to close

Businesses required to close in England due to local or national restrictions will be eligible for the following:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 per month, or £667 per two weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k grants to be £2,000 per month, or £1,000 per two weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over grants to be £3,000 per month, or £1,500 per two weeks.

GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES: Check if your business is eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant for closed businesses CLICK HERE>>>

GUIDANCE FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES: Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) CLICK HERE>>>

With the introduction of Tier 4, an addendum has been created that means that the LRSG (Closed) grant is now available for businesses who have had to close due to the tier 4 restrictions. 

GUIDANCE FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES: Guidance for local authorities on paying grants to support businesses CLICK HERE>>>

GUIDANCE FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES: Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) Addendum: Tier 4 CLICK HERE>>>

 
Local Restrictions Support Grant (open)
The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Open)) supports businesses that have been severely impacted due to temporary local restrictions. Businesses that have not had to close but which have been severely impacted due to local restrictions (local COVID alert levels: High or Very High) may be eligible for LRSG (Open). Eligible businesses may be entitled to a cash grant from their local council for each 28-day period under local restrictions.

Eligibility
Your business may be eligible if it:

  • is based in England
  • is in an area subject to ‘High’ or ‘Very High’ local restrictions since 1 August 2020 and has been severely impacted because of the local restrictions
  • was established before the introduction of Local COVID alert level: High restrictions
  • has not had to close but has been impacted by local restrictions

Local councils have the freedom to determine the precise eligibility criteria for these grants. However, the funding is expected to be targeted at hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast and leisure businesses.

The grant will be based on the rateable value of the property on the date of the start of the local restrictions. We anticipate local councils will provide funding under the following tiers, unless there is a local need to deviate.

  • If your business has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you may be eligible for a cash grant of up to £934 for each 28 day period.
  • If your business has a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, you may be eligible for a cash grant of up to £1,400 for each 28 day period.
  • If your business has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you may be eligible for a cash grant of up to £2,100 for each 28 day period.

GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES: Check if you're eligible for the coronavirus Local Restrictions Support Grant (open) CLICK HERE>>>

 

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LSRG (Sector))
Businesses including nightclubs, dance halls, discotheques adult entertainment venues and hostess bars that have been required to close due to the national restrictions introduced in March 2020, and which have not been able to re-open, may be eligible for this grant. Eligible businesses are entitled to a cash grant from their local council for each 14-day period they are closed. This funding is available from 1 November 2020 and is not retrospective. The grant will be based on the rateable value of business owners properties on 1 November 2020.

Eligibility
Your business may be eligible if it:

  • is based in England
  • occupies property on which it pays business rates (and is the ratepayer)
  • has been closed since 23 March 2020 because of national restrictions
  • Businesses are not eligible if they have re-opened as another type of business (eg.a restaurant or bar) since 23rd March 2020
  • Eligible businesses can get one grant per non-domestic property.

GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES: Check if your nightclub, dance hall or adult entertainment business is eligible for a coronavirus grant due to national restrictions CLICK HERE>>>

GUIDANCE FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES: Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) CLICK HERE>>>

Rates Relief

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors in England will not have to pay business rates for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

Eligibility
You’re eligible if your property is a:

  • shop
  • restaurant, café, bar or pub
  • cinema or live music venue
  • assembly or leisure property - for example, a sports club, a gym or a spa
  • hospitality property - for example, a hotel, a guest house or self-catering accommodation

How do I apply?
Your local council will apply the discount automatically, so there is no need for you to take any action. However, do contact your local council if you’re not getting a relief you think you’re entitled to. Your local council may have to reissue your bill, but will do this as soon as possible.

You can estimate the business rate relief using the business rates calculator.

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