This scheme has been renamed. It was called the Lockdown Restrictions Grant (November). If you’ve previously applied for this grant - you do not need to reapply. Your previous application will be used to determine if you are eligible for the grant.
The Government announced a national lockdown for all of those business in the non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality sectors from 5 January 2021.
Is my business eligible?
Your business may be eligible if your business is registered to a property in the business rates list and either:
- Has been required to close because of the national lockdown, or
- Has been adapted to offer Takeaway or 'Click and Collect' products
It has been agreed that business that have adapted to offer Takeaways and 'Click and Collect' products will be eligible for this scheme. This is because their substantive business had to close. This will include, for example, a restaurant who can no longer receive seated guests but has instead moved towards providing takeaway food collection or deliveries.
Eligible amount per 28 Day Period
£1 to £15,000
£15,001 to £50,999
£51,000 and above
Is my business ineligible?
The following businesses are not eligible for this grant:
- Businesses that have been able to stay open because they are deemed to be offering 'essential retail' or guest houses and hotels that are able to stay open to offer overnight accommodation to key workers
- Businesses that are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services and can operate their services effectively remotely for example, accountants or solicitors
- Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to. This includes businesses premises which were already closed directly before the restrictions were imposed
- Businesses which have already reached the state aid limit
- Business which are subject to insolvency or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme
- Specific businesses subject to national closures since 23 March 2020 will not be eligible for this funding. This includes nightclubs and entertainment venues where grants will be paid under a separate scheme for nationally mandated business closures
Business which have been required to close:
According to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/1200) the following business have been required to close:
- Non-essential retail, such as clothing and hardware stores, betting shops, tailors, tobacco or vape shops vehicle showroom (unless for rental), electronic goods and mobile phone shops and market stalls selling non-essential goods
- Hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes, and social clubs
- Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, galleries, bingo halls and casinos
- Indoor and outdoor leisure and sport facilities, such as leisure centre, gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, fitness and dance studios, stables, shooting ranges, soft play areas and bowling alleys
- Personal care facilities, such as hairdressers, beauty, massage parlours, tanning, spas, nail salons, body and skin piercing services
- Accommodation, such as hotels, guest houses and campsites
- Conference centres, community centres and halls
Find out if your business is required to close on the Covid-19 pages of the Gov.uk website.
Business which can remain open:
According to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/1200) the following business can remain open. Please note these businesses will not be eligible for a grant payment under the Local Restrictions Support Grant.
- Essential shops such as food retailers, off licences and licensed shops, newsagents, hardware stores, petrol stations, bike shops, garden centres and agricultural supplies shop
- Medical services such as pharmacies, chemists’ dental services, options opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services
- Building merchants and services
- Car repair and MOT services
- Taxi or vehicle hire businesses
- Financial services, including banks, building societies and credit unions
- Post offices
- Funeral directors
- Laundrettes and dry cleaners
- Veterinary surgeons
- Storage and distribution facilities
- Car parks
- Public toilets
If you already receive state aid:
The Local Restrictions Support Grant counts towards state aid.
Payments count towards the total de minimis State aid you are allowed to get over a 3-year period - €200,000. If you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework. The limit for the framework is €800,000.
If you proceed to make an application, we will ask you to complete a declaration confirming that you will not exceed the relevant State aid threshold.
Grant income received by a business is taxable. The Lockdown Restrictions Grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of your business.
How to apply?
If you applied for the Lockdown Restrictions Grant (November) then you do not need to apply for this grant. Your previous application will be used to determine if you are eligible for the grant.
If your business is eligible for this grant, please complete the online form.
You will be asked to provide details and evidence about your business. As well as providing your bank details.
We are expecting a high amount of applications, we will contact you if we need more information to assess your application. We will also contact you and advise if your application was or wasn’t successful.