Many businesses have been forced to close as a result of the national and local restrictions introduced to slow the spread of Coronavirus. Where this is the case, the business may be eligible for a grant from their local authority.
The following grant support is available to businesses in England during the second national lockdown. Grants to businesses in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are subject to devolved rules.
Businesses closed due to national retractions
Business that were previously open as usual, but which were required to close between 5 November 2020 and 2 December 2020 as a result of the second national lockdown in England may be eligible for a grant from their local council for the 28-day period for which the national lockdown applies.
A business may qualify for a grant if it meets the following conditions:
- it is based in England;
- it occupies premises in respect of which it pays business rates;
- it has been required to close between 5 November 2020 and 2 December 2020 as a result of the national lockdown; and
- it has been unable to provide its usual in-person service from those premises as a result.
Businesses that qualify may include non-essential shops, leisure and hospitality venues and sports centres.
Business that normally operate as an in-person venue but which have had to modify their services as a result of the lockdown also qualify. An example here would be a restaurant that is not allowed to provide eat-in dining but which stays open for takeaways.
Businesses are only entitled to claim one grant for each non-domestic property.
Amount of the grant
The amount of the grant is based on the rateable value of the business premises on the first day of the second national lockdown.
Where the rateable value of the business premises is £15,000 or less, the business will receive a grant of £1,334 for each 28-day period for which the restrictions apply.
Where the rateable value of the business premises is between £15,000 and £51,000, the business will receive a grant of £2,000 for each 28-day period for which the restrictions apply.
Where the rateable value of the business premises is £51,000 or above, the business will receive a grant for each 28-day period for which the restrictions apply.
Applications should be made to the local council following the application procedure on the relevant council’s website.
A business is not eligible for a grant if it can continue to operate during the restrictions because the business does not depend on providing in-person services from their premises. Businesses that would fall into this category would include accountants and solicitors.
Businesses that are not required to close, but which choose to, are also ineligible for a grant.
A business which has exceeded the permitted state aid limit – set at €200,000 over a three-year period – is not eligible for further funding but may qualify for help under temporary Covid-19 measures.
Where local restrictions are in force, businesses may qualify for separate grants if they are either forced to close or, where they can remain open, their business is severely impacted as a result of those restrictions. Details of the grants available where local restrictions apply can be found on the Gov.uk website.
Partner note: See www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-your-business-is-eligible-for-a-coronavirus-grant-due-to-national-restrictions-for-closed-businesses.