Restart Grants

This page was last updated on 1 July 2021.

Restart Grants are available to help businesses reopen safely as coronavirus restrictions are eased across the country.

Who is eligible?

All of the following have to apply:

  • you were liable for business rates on 1 April 2021
  • your business was trading on 1 April 2021 - a business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity, even if its business premises are not open to public. This could include one or more of the following:
    • having staff on furlough
    • continuing to trade online, via click and collect services
    • engaging in business activity, such as managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning and implementing COVID-safe measures
  • your business was not in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking of notice or under notice on 1 April 2021
  • your business is in one of the following sectors:
    • non-essential retail
    • hospitality
    • leisure
    • gym and sports
    • personal care

More information regarding which types of businesses fall into these categories can be found at Restart Grants - definitions of business types..

Grant payments

There are two strands of grant payments:

Restart grants for non-essential retail businesses
Rateable valueGrant payment
£15,000 or less£2,667
Between £15,001 and £50,999£4,000
£51,000 or greater£6,000

Restart grants for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses
Rateable valueGrant payment
£15,000 or less£8,000
Between £15,001 and £50,999£12,000
£51,000 or greater£18,000

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

The Restart Grants scheme closed to new applications on 30 June 2021.

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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