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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 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. Applications for a number of the previous grant schemes closed on 31 March 2021 and these are no longer available.  

Status of business grants
Grant type


Refresh and Reopen grant A grant to support businesses to reopen their premises and make adaptions to meet social distancing requirements. Applications are now open
'Restart grants' payable from April 2021 We're now paying the Restart Grants automatically for businesses where we can confirm they qualify. We aim to make payments by early May 2021.
National lockdown grant (from 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021) Open for applications until 31 May 2021.
Additional Restriction Grants (ARG) (discretionary grants) Open for applications until 31 May 2021 for grants from 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021.
Discretionary Restart Grants Applications not yet open.

Importantif you are claiming the Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary Grant) because you are self-employed or a sole trader you must provide proof of your business and trading activities when you apply. This should include your latest self-assessment tax return and/or your trading accounts, plus details of where you trade and the impact of the coronavirus restrictions on your business.

With effect from 29 March 2021, applications submitted without supporting information will automatically be rejected.

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

Restart Grants from April 2021

The government has announced a new scheme of Restart Grants of up to £6,000 per premises for non-essential retail businesses, and up to £18,000 per premises for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses.

These will be payable from April 2021.

We're paying businesses automatically where we can confirm they qualify. We're working on these and aim to make all payments by early May 2021.

In some cases we may need further information, and we'll invite these businesses to apply shortly.

Discretionary Restart Grants

We're working on a policy for paying Discretionary Restart Grants to certain businesses. More details will be published here when they're available.

National Lockdown Grants from 16 February 2021 onwards

Open for applications until 31 May 2021

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

Applications are open until 31 May 2021 for grants for the period from 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021.

You can find out more on our January onwards 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.

Applications are open for grants from 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021, and will close on 31 May 2021.

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

Privacy notice

To see how we collect and use your information, please view our business grants privacy notice