Restart Grant Scheme

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses with premises in the rating list in non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care, accommodation or gym sectors with a one-off grant, to help them reopen safely when restrictions are lifted.

This grant will not be automatically awarded to eligible businesses. You must apply for this grant below. Applications closed on the 30 June 2021. Please note to be eligible for this grant your business premises must be in the rating list.

There are two strands:

  • Payments of up to £6,000 will be allocated to non-essential retail business premises, to help them reopen safely.
  • Payments of up to £18,000 will be allocated to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises, which may open later under plans set out in the roadmap and will be more impacted by restrictions when they do reopen.

Eligibility for this grant:

Your business will be eligible for this grant if it is:

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

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

Businesses excluded from this grant:

Your business will not be eligible if:

  • it is in administration, insolvent or has been struck off the Companies House register
  • it has exceeded the permitted subsidy allowance

Strand One – Non-essential retail:

A non-essential retail business is a business where the primary purpose of products or services provided is not necessary to the health and well-being of the public.

The businesses below are not considered ‘non-essential’, have been able to continue during the lockdown, and will therefore not be eligible for this grant:

Food retailers, off licences, breweries, pharmacies and chemists, newsagents, animal rescue and boarding facilities, building merchants, petrol stations, vehicle repairs and MOT services, bicycle shops, taxi and vehicle hire businesses, education providers including tutoring services, bank and other financial providers, post offices, funeral directors, launderettes and dry cleaners, medical practices, veterinary surgeries and pet shops, agricultural supply shops, garden centres, storage and distribution facilities, wholesalers, employment agencies, office buildings, automatic car washes and mobility support shops.

Strand Two:


A hospitality business is a business which the main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.

The scheme excludes food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway (not including those that have adapted to offer takeaways in the restrictions only).


A leisure business is a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out.

The scheme excludes all retail businesses, coach tour operators, tour operators and telescopes.


An accommodation business is a business which main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.

The scheme excludes all private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres, beach huts.

Gym and sports

A gym & sport business is defined as a commercial or non-profit establishment where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis, using exercise equipment or open floor space with or without instruction, or where individual and group sporting, athletic and physical activities are participated in competitively or recreationally.

The scheme excludes home gyms, home exercise studios, home sports courts and home sports grounds.

Personal care

A personal care business is defined as a business that provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing.

The scheme excludes:

  • businesses that only provide personal care goods, rather than services;
  • businesses used solely as training centres for staff, apprentices and others;
  • businesses providing dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services that incorporate personal care services, treatments required by those with disabilities and services relating to mental health.

Grant payment amounts:

Any grant awarded will be a one-off payment.

The grant will support non-essential retail businesses in Strand One:

Rateable value

One-off payment

£1 to £15,000


£15,001 to £50,999


£51,000 and above



The grant will support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises businesses in Strand Two:

Rateable value

One-off payment

£1 to £15,000


£15,001 to £50,999


£51,000 and above



If you already received state aid:

The EU State aid rules no longer apply to subsidies granted in the UK following the end of the transition period. From 4 March 2021 new subsidy allowances were established for COVID19 business grant schemes, based on the principles set out in Article 3.4 of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. 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.

The full scheme rules can be found here in the Restart Grant guidance

Applications for this scheme closed on 30 June 2021.

Data Sharing and Fraud

We will use your data for the processing of the Restart Grant application.

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be recovered, as may any grants paid in error.

Information on any grants paid will also be shared with central government departments and HMRC as these grants are taxable income and need to be declared by businesses in their tax returns.

Additional information for businesses

More information is available for businesses and premises that reopened on Monday 16 April.