What is the grant available for?
The Local Restrictions Grant schemes are all delivered through local authorities. The schemes are in place to support local businesses during the 5 November to 2 December 2020 national lockdown and also during periods of local restrictions which will be based on the national tiered alert levels.
Full details of the scheme within your local authority area will be available via the Local Authority website. Local Authorities are currently working hard to implement the systems and processes required for the support grants in light of the Tier 3 announcements on 26th November 2020. Please be patient. Local Authorities will update their websites with information about how to access additional funding as soon as they are able. Please keep checking back to websites rather than ringing or emailing.
Each Local Authority will develop a local scheme which responds to the needs of the specific area, so applicants should carefully read the guidance on the local authority website before making an application to this scheme to ensure they meet any eligibility criteria. Applicants should also ensure that they provide all of the requested information to ensure speed of processing of applications.
Support for businesses during periods of local restrictions
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)
LRSG (Closed) provides grants to businesses in the highest band of local restrictions – Local COVID Alert Level 3 (Very High) – which have been required to close during periods of local restrictions.
Funding of up to £3,000 per 28-day period will be available. During the period of national restrictions this grant is superseded by Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum – see below.
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)
LRSG (Open) allows local authorities to make discretionary payments to support businesses that are impacted by the restrictions, but not required to close in areas subject to Local COVID Alert Level High and / or Local COVID Alert Level Very High restrictions.
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)
LRSG (Sector) provides grants of up to £3,000 per 28-day period to be made to businesses like nightclubs that were required to close on a national basis since 23 March 2020.
The LRSG (Sector) scheme is effective from 1 November 2020.
Support for businesses during the national restriction period, 5 November to 2 December 2020
The national restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020 require some businesses to close in order to manage the spread of coronavirus and save lives. Some businesses in other sectors that aren’t required to close will also be affected by the national restrictions.
Two of the funds, the LRSG (Closed) Addendum and the Additional Restrictions Grant, are available to support businesses throughout the period of national restrictions.
LRSG (Closed) Addendum grant
Businesses required to close due to national ‘lockdown’ restrictions will receive grants of up to £3,000 per 28-day period under the LRSG (Closed) Addendum scheme.
Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)
The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) provides additional funding for local authorities to support businesses that have had their trade affected by the restrictions. Each local authority has the discretion to establish business grant schemes or other business support as best fits their area.
Any eligibility criteria
- Each Local Authority will develop a local scheme which responds to the needs of the specific area, so applicants should carefully read the guidance on the local authority website before making an application to this scheme to ensure they meet any eligibility criteria.
- Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant.
- Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework will be ineligible.
- For the avoidance of doubt, businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made at the date of the local lockdown are not eligible.
What grant amounts are available?
Eligible businesses who are within the relevant Local Authority area covered by localised restrictions will receive a grant of up to £3,000 for each eligible hereditament and for each month that the restrictions are imposed as a result of the use of Government powers.
Who provides the grant?
Details about access to the scheme will be available from your Local Authority.
Please see the list below:
Please read the terms and conditions of each scheme to ensure that you are eligible. Also, please ensure that all parts of the application form are completed to aid with processing.
How to apply for the grant?
Please contact your local authority. Details are listed above.