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 (5th 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:

National Lockdown Grants

On Tuesday 5th January, the Chancellor announced businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000. This comes in addition to an additional £1.1 billion further discretionary grant funding for Local Authorities, Local Restriction Support Grants worth up to £3,000 a month and extension of the furlough scheme.

Business Grants

  • One-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring.
  • £594 million discretionary fund also made available to support other impacted businesses

The one-off top-ups will be granted to closed businesses as follows:

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000


The aim is that these grants will be distributed by local authorities from next week and we have asked that the definition of hospitality and leisure businesses to be as inclusive as possible.

The new one-off grants are in addition to the existing business support, including grants worth up to £3,000 for closed businesses, and up to £2,100 per month for impacted businesses once they reopen.

Check if your business is eligible for a coronavirus grant due to national restrictions (for closed businesses).

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Schemes that apply during national restrictions:

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. Eligible businesses may be entitled to a cash grant from their local council for each 28-day period under national restrictions. The grant is based on the rateable value of the premises and provides businesses with up to £3,000 per month. 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 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.

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>>>

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

 

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)
To support 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>>>

GUIDANCE FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES: Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) CLICK HERE>>>

Schemes that apply based on the regional tier system:

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses) 
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

GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES: Check if your business is eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant for closed businesses 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 (for open businesses)
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 (for open businesses) 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.