Covid Restart Grant scheme for businesses

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The new Restart Grant scheme is now open for businesses to apply.

This week the government confirmed that the country will be moving into phase two of the recovery map. This will mean non-essential business will open from Monday 12 April. To help support businesses reopen the government has also announced the new Restart Grant for non-essential businesses in the retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care, accommodation, or gym sectors. This is a one-off grant to help them reopen safely.

This grant will remain open until June 2021.

To be eligible for this grant businesses must:

  • be based in England
  • be liable for businesses rates
  • be in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care, accommodation, and gym sectors
  • have been trading on 1 April 2021

Businesses must also offer an in-person service to the public, where the main service and activity take place in a fixed rate-paying premises.

The amount of funding awarded will depend on the business's rateable value. Non-essential retail businesses could receive a payment of up to £6000. Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care, and gym businesses could receive up to £18,000.

Councillor Mark Crane, Leader of the Council, said.  “Supporting local businesses has been a priority throughout the pandemic. Since November, we have paid out over £5.8 million in grants to local businesses affected by the Covid-19 restrictions.

“As businesses prepare for step two of the government roadmap this grant will help many to reopen safely. Our Finance and Benefit and Taxation teams are continuing to work hard to ensure that applications and payments are processed as quickly as possible.

“I encourage all businesses that are eligible for this scheme to apply as soon as possible. Unlike other grants, we need all eligible businesses to apply via our online form as different evidence is needed for this grant.”

Further information about this grant and others can be found here.