Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Coronavirus Update

Financial Support for Businesses

UPDATED 19/01/2021


Please do not submit multiple applications for the same grant funding as this could add to delays in processing. If you have received funding for a previous lockdown period you do not need to re-apply for funding under the current lockdown restrictions from January 2021.

We understand that businesses in Rossendale are facing difficult challenges following restrictions imposed by Government to control the spread of Covid-19.

We welcome the various Government announcements of financial support for businesses in Rossendale, and want to make these available to our valued business community.

If your business has been severely affected by Covid-19, and you are eligible for the funding then we urge you to apply. Some of the schemes do have specific time frames for applications so if the window is currently closed, please check the website and our social media channels regularly for updates as some grants may re-open for applications.

We ask that you please click on the links to read the details carefully. This will allow you to apply for the correct grant funding package.


Dates/Schemes for reference:

Tier 2 (High)                                                                      2nd August 2020 – 16th October

Tier 3 (Very High)                                                            17th October 2020 – 4th November

                                        3rd December – 30th December

Tier 4 (Stay at Home)                                                     31st December 2020 – 4th January 2021

National Lockdown 1 (Stay at Home)                         5th November 2020 – 2nd December 2020

National Lockdown 2 (Stay at Home)                        5th January 2021 – Ongoing

Closed Business Lockdown Payment                         One Off Payment- see details below


Available Grants


Tier 3


Tier 3 - Businesses that fall in the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sectors only and REQUIRED to close under Tier 3 Local Restrictions between the dates of 17th October 2020 – 4th November 2020 and from 3rd  December to 30th  December 2020.

Tier 3 Information and Application


National Lockdown 1 & 2, Tier 4 and Closed Business Lockdown Payment


National Lockdown 1 & 2, Tier 4 and Closed Business Lockdown Payment - Businesses that were REQUIRED to close due to National Lockdown restrictions between the dates of:

5th November 2020 – 2nd December 2020 

31st December 2020 – 4th January 2021 (Tier 4 restrictions)

5th January 2021 – Ongoing

Please note if you have applied and received the National Lockdown 1 grant, you do not need to re-apply for the Tier 4 grant, National Lockdown 2 or Closed Business Lockdown Payment, you will automatically receive funding for these schemes.

Further Information and Application




LRSG (Open) - Primarily aimed at businesses in the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sectors who were NOT REQUIRED to close between the dates of:

2nd August 2020 – 4th November 2020

2nd December 2020 – 4th January 2021

To apply for this discretionary grant your business will have to have been severely affected by Covid-19.

LRSG Open Information and Application


Discretionary Additional Restrictions Support Grant (ARG)


Discretionary Additional Restrictions Support Grant (ARG) -Businesses that have been severely affected by Covid-19 since 17th October onwards. This discretionary grant is open to all businesses including those not on the ratings list. If you have applied for other grant funding you may also be eligible to apply for the Discretionary ARG.

ARG Information and Application


Christmas Support Payment for Wet-Led Pubs


Government has announced an additional £1,000 Christmas grant for ‘wet-led pubs’ in tiers 2 and 3.

Pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than provide food will qualify for this grant.

The payment will be a one-off for December and will be paid on top on the existing monthly cash grants for businesses. This will cover those in tiers 2 and 3 forced to reduce their operations as a result of the latest regional measures put in place to contain transmission of the virus.

You do not need to apply for this grant. We will contact wet-led pubs directly in order to arrange payment.

If you feel that you would qualify for this payment but have not been contact us as soon as possible