Local Restrictions Support Grants

This page was last updated on 1 April 2021

Local Restrictions Support Grants provide financial help to businesses affected by local and national lockdowns.

They are available to businesses who are liable for business rates. If you're not liable for business rates but your business has been affected by these restrictions you may be eligible for an Additional Restrictions Grant - find out more at the Bury Means Business website.

Who is eligible?

All of the following have to apply:

  • you have been subject to restrictions in one of the periods listed below
  • you were liable for business rates for the premises on the day the lockdown restrictions were imposed
  • your business was open as usual and providing in-person services to customers from your business premises prior to the lockdown
  • your business was not in administration, insolvent or subject to a striking-off notice
  • you are planning to reopen after the lockdown period ends

If your business provides an alternative service during lockdown, such as a restaurant or pub providing takeaway-only meals you will still be eligible as you have been required to close the part of your business that provides its main service.

 

Eligible periods of local and national restrictions
Dates of restrictionsBusinesses affected
Tier 2 restrictions on socialising from 5 August 2020Hospitality and leisure sectors, hotels and bed and breakfasts. Eligible businesses must have remained open during these restrictions
Tier 3 restrictions from 23 October 2020 to 4 November 2020Businesses required to close including pubs, bars, casinos, adult gaming establishments, betting shops and soft play centres  
National Lockdown restrictions from 5 November 2020 to 1 December 2020Businesses required to close including those affected by the previous Tier 3 restrictions as well as all non-essential retail, hospitality venues, accommodation, leisure and sports facilities, entertainment venues, personal care facilities, community centres and places of worship
Tier 3 restrictions from 2 December 2020 to 30 December 2020Businesses required to remain closed including restaurants, pubs, bars, casinos, adult gaming establishments, betting shops and soft play centres  
Tier 4 restrictions from 31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 and National Lockdown from 5 January 2021Businesses required to close including those affected by the previous Tier 3 restrictions as well as all non-essential retail, hospitality venues, accommodation, leisure and sports facilities, entertainment venues, personal care facilities

 

Grant payments

The level of the grant will depend whether your business was open or closed and the rateable value of your business premises. Prior to 5 January 2021 grants for closed businesses were paid every 2 weeks. From 5 January 2021 grants will be paid in longer payment cycles. The equivalent weekly rates remain unchanged.

 

Grants for businesses required to close due to national lockdown - second payment cycle
Rateable valueGrants for the period 16 February to 31 March 2021
£15,000 or less£2,096
Between £15,001 and £50,999£3,143
£51,000 or greater£4,714

 

Grants for businesses required to close due to national lockdown - first payment cycle
Rateable valueGrants for the period 5 January to 15 February 2021
£15,000 or less£2,001
Between £15,001 and £50,999£3,000
£51,000 or greater£4,500

 

Grants for businesses which remained open during the Tier 2 restrictions
Rateable valueGrants paid per four week period
£15,000 or less£934
Between £15,001 and £50,999£1,400
£51,000 or greater£2,100

You can find the rateable value of your premises on your latest business rates bill, or at Gov.uk - Find your business rates valuation. 

How to apply

You will only need to make one application for Local Restrictions Support Grants. We will make sure that you receive all of the grant payments you are eligible for. 

To be considered for a grant payment the closing date for applications is 31 March 2021.

If you have more than one business premises you will need to make a separate application for each property.

You will need to provide:

  • your business rates account number (this can be found on your most recent business rates bill)
  • a copy of the latest statement for your bank account showing the name of your business or the business rates payer

Apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant

Subsidy allowance

The new domestic subsidy allowance for the COVID-19 business support grants took effect on 4 March 2021. Applications made prior to that date are subject to the previous State Aid rules.

Business grants are covered by 3 subsidy allowances:

  • Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance - you're allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of 3 years
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance - you're allowed up to £1,600,000
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance - if you have reached your limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £9,000,000, provided certain conditions are met

Grants under these 3 allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £10,935,000 (subject to exchange rates).

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