Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Covid 19 Business Support Schemes

Local Restrictions Grant - Open

Local Restrictions Support Grant- Open Businesses

Effective Dates - 5th August - 4th November

This grant funding is aimed at business in the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sectors only that were NOT required to close under the local restrictions but have suffered severely due to Covid-19 restrictions.

To qualify, your business must have been open as usual providing in-person services to customers from your business premises. You are eligible if your business has suffered a severe fall in income due to Covid-19 during the dates above.

The business must have been trading the day before restrictions came into force.

Who is it for?

The Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sector includes the following types of business, although this list is not exhaustive:

  1. Pubs, clubs, bars
  2. Cafés and restaurants
  3. Hotels, Boarding Houses, Camp Sites etc
  4. Halls, Community Centres etc
  5. Leisure such as, Gyms, sports centres, dance studios, fitness studios, soft play, trampoline parks, bowling alleys, sporting clubs, fishing lakes etc.
  6. Theatres, Cinemas, Entertainment venues, Function rooms
  7. Amusement Arcades
  8. Event Organisers and Event Catering

How much is the grant?

This discretionary payment will be awarded based on 28 day qualifying periods between the 5th August - 4th November.

This payment is equivalent to 70% of the Local Restrictions Support Grant -Closed payment

For each 28 days you will receive:

  • Rateable value of £15,000 or less - £934
  • Rateable value between £15,001 and £51,000 - £1,400
  • Rateable value of £51,001 or more - £2,100

Exclusions

  • Businesses established after the introduction of LCAL 2 restrictions in their Local Authority will not be eligible to receive grant funding.
  • Businesses which are able to continue to operate during the lockdown because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from their premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors).
  • Businesses that are able to operate a full service online
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made at the date of the local lockdown are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
  • Businesses not in the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sectors.
  • Businesses in areas outside the scope of the localised restrictions, as defined by Government, are also excluded.

How to Apply?

Before you apply, you must have the following information available to complete your application:

  • Your 8 digit Business Rates reference. This begins with a 5 or 6 and can be found on your latest Business Rates bill or letter. VAT registration number (if applicable)
  • UTR number (if applicable)
  • Company registration number (if applicable)
  • Charity registration number (if applicable)
  • Bank Details

Application for Local Restrictions Support Grant -Open

State Aid

The United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020. Under the Withdrawal Agreement, the State Aid rules continue to apply during a transition period, subject to regulation by the EU Commission.

Businesses who receive awards of Government grant funding such as the Local Restrictions Support Grant are required to comply with the EU law on State Aid.

Payments made will be provided under the existing De Minimis rules, provided doing so does not exceed the €200,000 threshold.

Payments made where the De Minimis threshold has been reached will be paid under the Covid-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities (threshold €800,000).

Businesses that have reached the limits of payments permissible under the De Minimis and the UK Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework will not be able to receive further grant funding.

Fraud

You may face prosecution if you have manipulated or falsified your position in order to obtain these payments.

Any payment made as a result of fraud will be subject to claw back.

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