COVID-19: Grants and Business Rates

COVID-19 GRANTS

In Cheshire and Warrington there are three local grant schemes:

  • Cheshire & Warrington Recovery & Restructure Grant (closed for applications)

  • The C&W Covid Recovery Grant (Open for applications for tourism businesses) Find out more about the grant here

  • Cheshire & Warrington Restructure Capital Grant . (Rounds 1 and 2 applications are closed) Round 4: Opens: Monday 7th December at Noon, Round 5: Opens: Monday 14th December at Noon.  Find out more about the grant here.

Government grants

Businesses required to close in England due to the national restrictions (5th Nov-2nd Dec) will be eligible for the following:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 per month, or £667 per two weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k grants to be £2,000 per month, or £1,000 per two weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over grants to be £3,000 per month, or £1,500 per two weeks.

This grant will be delivered through your local authority:

Cheshire West and Chester

There are a number of different grants available and you only need to complete one application form, the Council will make a payment for each grant you are eligible for:

  • You can receive a one off grant payment for the four-week national lockdown period, with the amount payable dependent on the rateable value of your business premises.
  • You can receive a one off payment for the four week national lock down period if you are a business that does not have a premises with a rateable value.
  • You can receive a grant from the date Cheshire West and Chester went into Tier 2 (High Alert) 19 October and if you are in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sector who were impacted by the Tier 2 (High Alert) restrictions.
  • You can receive a grant if your business was required to close from 23 March and you have not been able to re-open since

Find out more and apply here

View FAQs here

Warrington

    The Local Restrictions Support Grant will provide support for those businesses, up to the scheduled end of the national restrictions on 2 December. If the national restrictions continue after that date, then a further grant will be made available. This grant is also available for businesses who were obliged to close in March, and who have not been able to re-open, due to national restrictions.

  • The Additional Restrictions Grant is to support businesses: who do not pay Non-Domestic Rates (Business Rates) and who were legally mandated to close on 5 November and businesses who are involved in the supply chain (or are otherwise closely involved) with the hospitality, leisure, accommodation, entertainment, personal care or market trading sectors, who were not forced to close on 5 November, but have experienced adverse financial impact as a result of the introduction of local restrictions.
  • Retrospective award grant for businesses who were affected by ‘High Local Restrictions’ and ‘Very High Local Restrictions’ (more commonly referred to as Tier 2 and Tier 3) and who were forced to close when Warrington entered Very High Restrictions (Tier 3) on 27 October, will be eligible for a retrospective award covering the period 27 October to 4 November. Only businesses in the hospitality, leisure, accommodation and entertainment sectors who were adversely impacted by the introduction of High Local Restrictions (Tier 2), introduced in Warrington on 14 October, will be eligible for a retrospective award covering the period 14 October to 4 November.

Find out more and apply here

Cheshire East

Cheshire East  have a single application form for all business grants administered that are available due to COVID-19 restrictions from November 2020.

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses required to close from 5 November 2020
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) for businesses impacted by Tier 2 restrictions
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) for nightclubs forced to close since March 2020
  • Additional Restrictions Grant (The policy for this scheme is currently being drafted and will be published on the website when available.)

Find out more and apply here

Other grants

  • Self Employment Income Support Scheme information can be found here.
  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme information can be found here.

COVID-19: BUSINESS RATES

  • Cheshire East business rates information can be found here
  • Cheshire West and Chester business rates information can be found here
  • Warrington business rates information can be found here

Business Rates Holiday for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors in England will not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year. Estate agents, lettings agencies and bingo halls that have closed as a result of Covid-19 measures to restrict the spread of the virus will be now be exempted from business rates in 2020-21.

Businesses that received the retail discount in the 2019-20 tax year will be rebilled by their local authority as soon as possible.

How do I access it?

There is no action for you. Local authorities will apply the business rates holiday to your bills.

Business Rates Holiday for Nurseries

Nurseries in England* do not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year.

How do I access it?

There is no action for you. Local authorities will apply the business rates holiday to your bills.