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Business help due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information about the business help available if your business has been affected by COVID-19

Business grants

Grants are available for businesses adversely affected by the coronavirus restrictions. Details of the grants are below.

You can also see our flowchart explaining the different grant schemes, and our business grants FAQ page for further information.

We've provided an overview on the status of available grants in the table below. You can use the hyperlink within the table to go to an individual grant page. Or, each grant is explained in more detail further down the page.

We are now working on payments of the grants from 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 and will update this page when we know the payment date.

Status of business grants
Grant type Status
'Restart grants' payable from April 2021 Waiting for further information from Government
National lockdown grant (from 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021) Open for applications until 31 May 2021 (you don't need to apply if you were paid a grant for the January national lockdown)
National lockdown grant (from 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021) Open for applications until 31 March 2021 (you don't need to apply if you were paid a grant for the November national lockdown)
Tier 2 and 4 restriction grant (2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021) Open for applications (you don't need to apply if you were paid a grant for the November national lockdown)
National lockdown grant (5 November - 1 December 2020) Open for applications
Additional Restriction Grants (ARG) (discretionary grants) Open for applications (you don't need to apply if you were paid a grant for the November national lockdown)

If you've already been paid a grant for any restriction period from the November national lockdown onwards, you don't need to complete another application. We'll pay ongoing grants based on the information we hold.

If you've not yet claimed a grant, please fill out our application. It's the correct application for all grant types.

More information on financial support for businesses is available on the GOV.UK website.

National Lockdown Grants from 5 January 2021 onwards

The government has announced that grants are payable to businesses due to the national lockdown which came into force in January 2021.

There are two different types of grants available:

  • an ongoing payment for affected businesses:
    • a grant payable for the six week lockdown period from 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021, and
    • a further grant for the lockdown period from 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021
  • a one-off lump sum payment for qualifying retail, hospitality and leisure businesses of either £4,000, £6,000 or £9,000 depending on the rateable value of the business property

Although the national lockdown became law on 6 January 2021 the government has indicated the lockdown grants will be payable for the period starting on 5 January 2021. 

You can find out more on our January onwards National Lockdown page.

Tier 2 and Tier 4 Restriction Grants from 2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021

For businesses severely affected or instructed to close under Tier 2 and/or Tier 4 restrictions from 2 December 2020.

Grants are payable to eligible businesses affected by the Tier 2 and Tier 4 restrictions. There are grants for businesses which are mandated to close by government, and also for specific business types who can open but are severely impacted by the restrictions.

  • Tier 2 grants are payable from 2 December 2020 to 25 December 2020
  • Tier 4 grants are payable from 26 December 2020 to 4 January 2021

National Lockdown grants will replace these grants from 5 January 2021 and we will publish more details on these schemes when they are available.

If you've already received a grant from us for the national lockdown in November 2020 we'll automatically send you a further payment wherever possible without you needing to complete a new form. 

More information is available on our Tier Restrictions Grant payments page.

National lockdown grants (Local Restrictions Support Grant) from 5 November 2020 to 1 December 2020

For businesses who have a business rates account and who were instructed to close between 5 November 2020 and 1 December 2020.

A Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) grant is payable to qualifying businesses who were affected by the national 28 day lockdown.

Businesses will need to apply online through our application form to confirm their eligibility and bank details. We’ll then pay a Local Restrictions Support Grant to qualifying businesses.

You can find out more on our November National Lockdown page.

Discretionary grants (Additional Restrictions Grant)

For businesses who were instructed to close but who do not have a business rates account, and for businesses who stayed open but were severely affected by the national lockdown.

We are using additional funding provided by government to pay discretionary grants called Additional Restrictions Grants. It provides further support to businesses over the coming weeks and months.

This funding allows us to pay grants to some of those businesses impacted by the new national restrictions that won’t qualify for the Local Restrictions Support Grant, due to not being:

  • rated, or
  • legally required to close

More information on Discretionary Grants can be found on our Discretionary Grants page.

Further information

You can find further general information for businesses on our information for businesses page.

Or, there is more comprehensive guidance on the GOV.UK website