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A guide to government grants for businesses during third England lockdown

A guide to government grants for businesses during third England lockdown
Dan Martin
Dan Martin
Freelance content creator & event host
Dan Martin Content & Events
 

Posted: Mon 4th Jan 2021

_With England in a third national lockdown due to coronavirus from 5 January, here's a guide to the grants available for closed and other affected businesses.

**This information is based on the latest government guidance. We will update the post if the guidance is updated.

Information on lockdown grants for businesses in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is here.**_

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG)

The LRSG (Closed Addendum) scheme is for businesses forced to close due to national COVID-19 restrictions and unable to provide usual in-person customer service from a business premises. It includes companies such as non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality firms, as well as companies that operate primarily as an in-person venue, but which have been forced to close those services and provide a takeaway-only service instead.

Grants are based on the rateable value of business premises:

  • Business properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or less may be eligible for a cash grant of £1,334 for each 42-day qualifying restrictions period.

  • Business properties with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 may be eligible for a cash grant of £2,000 for each 42-day qualifying restrictions period.

  • Business properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or above may be eligible for a cash grant of £3,000 for each 42-day qualifying restrictions period.

Grants are provided by local councils. Find your local council website here.

For the first 42-day payment made in January 2021, the application closure date is 31 March 2021 and final payments must be made by 30 April 2021.

Full government guidance is here.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

Through the ARG scheme, the government has provided local councils with funding to support closed businesses that do not directly pay business rates and businesses that do not have to close but are impacted by coronavirus restrictions.

Local councils can decide which businesses to support and how much funding to provide. It could include suppliers to the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors and events businesses.

Grants are provided by local councils. Find your local council website here.

Full government guidance is here.

Closed Business Lockdown Payment top up grants

On 5 January, chancellor Rishi Sunak announced one-off top up grants for closed retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England during the third national lockdown. The Closed Business Lockdown Payment is as follows:

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under

  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000

  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

Grants are provided by local councils. Find your local council website here.

Guidance about the top-up grants for local authorities is here.

Extra discretionary funding

Also announced on 5 January, the government has provided £500m in extra discretionary for local councils to use for the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme during the third lockdown.

The latest coronavirus business support information

We are keeping you updated on the latest information on how to access the government's coronavirus business support here. You can also find advice and ask a question on Enterprise Nation's coronavirus business advice hub. Follow Enterprise Nation on Twitter too for updates.

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Dan Martin
Dan Martin
Freelance content creator & event host
Dan Martin Content & Events
 
I'm a freelance content creator and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I have 18 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from billionaires like Sir Richard Branson to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community and have strong connections to major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 50 events; from intimate meet-ups to conferences with an audience of hundreds including events for international brands like Facebook and Xero. I'm also a big fan of podcasts having hosted Enterprise Nation's Small Business Sessions as well as lots of online events including Facebook Live interviews, webinars and three live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography. I'm here to help. I'm volunteering free advice calls of up to an hour as part of the Recovery Advice for Business scheme, over the next 6 months. Please get in touch to see how I can help your business. 
 

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